Travelogue: Boston (July 2014)

We took the Megabus to Boston on Sunday. It was a 4.5 hour ride; we slept through most of it. After we got to South Station, we walked to Chinatown — it’s actually only a block away!

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Pho at Xinh Xinh.

We took a cab to the car rental place and got our car. We checked into the hotel to put down our stuff and started our adventure with…

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The New England Aquarium! I looked up their website and found the cheapest parking garage nearby at International Pl – $7 with validation.

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Myrtle the turtle.

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Penguins!

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Seahorses are so cute.

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You can pet starfish and stingrays.

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There’s a spiral stairway that encircles this big tank; once you reach the top, you can look down on it.

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I can’t say this was my favorite; $25 admission and not much interactive exhibits. Their gift shop was tiny.

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We went to a restaurant called “The Ship“… it’s shaped like a ship and decorated like a ship. Very cute.

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The next day, we went to the Sam Adams Brewery for their free tour and free tasting.

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You get a “ticket” like this…

 

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And you follow this schedule…

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Plenty of informational tidbits while you’re waiting.

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Our tour guide, Mike, was hilarious and made the tour entertaining.

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We had 3 tastings: Boston lager, summer ale, IPA. You can refill as much as you want. In the end, we got to take this glass home for free!

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After the tour, the brewery actually provides free shuttles to a local pub named Doyle’s – you get a Sam Adams glass free with purchase. Not too bad.

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Their lobster roll was pretty good; more like a club though, with toasted sourdough.

We stopped by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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No photography allowed! (shhhhh)

 

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We then went to Island Creek Oyster Bar.

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We wanted to taste different types of oysters so we just ordered a dozen assorted.

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The lobster roe noodles were AMAZING. Fatty pieces of short ribs and lobster with delicious pasta…

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Their lobster roll was really good too, comparable to Maine.

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We took a stroll around Newbury Street and Boston Commons.

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