Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Girls Weekend In Boston



Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Is there anything better than a weekend away with the girls?

I mean, NO ONE complains when you say
"I need to stop in the Ladies Room...again."
They say, "Me, too!"

And no one complains when you say
"Can we stop in this store?"
They say, with enthusiasm,
"Of course! Let's stop in every store!"

No one complains when you take an enormous suitcase, 
with enough clothes for a cruise around the world.
 They say, "I brought five coats and 14 pairs of shoes!"  

And no one will roll their eyes when you say,
"Should I buy this? I don't really need it."
They will say,
"Who says you have to need it? 
You deserve it! Buy two!" 

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

And that's the way it was, 
on a recent girls' weekend in Boston
with two sets of sisters, 
who happen to be cousins.

It was a laugh-till-you-can't-breath,
pee-in-your-pants kind of weekend.

Boston may never be the same.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I hadn't been to Boston in years...
in fact, it was so long ago that it felt like my first time.

The four of us drove up on a Friday morning,
the first weekend in April,
for another cousin's wedding.


We stayed at the Millenium Hotel in downtown Boston...
Doesn't look like much from the outside,
does it?
On the inside,
it was quite luxurious, 
Loved it. 

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The location was perfect.
We were right across from Faneuil Hall,
which has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742,
Now, it's a hugely popular tourist destination,
with lots of souvenir shops and fast food. 
I wonder what Paul Revere would think --
"The Starbucks are coming?"

We had a great view of it from our rooms.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Faneuil Hall, on far right, with white steeple.


Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Since there were no men with us 
who needed to nap as soon as we got to the hotel,
we dropped our bags and hit the town.

First stop was the North End...
Boston's Little Italy. 

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We made a bee-line for Regina's Pizza.
There's a good reason it's been an institution since 1926...
The pizza?  Best. EVER. 


 And the Scampi pizza?
 It should be illegal, it was so insanely good.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

We ordered way more than was humanly possible to consume...
three different "individual" pizzas, which were huge...
and then we finished it all, LOL.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We left with full stomachs and killer garlic breath,
in search of Boston's best cannoli.
We stopped several people to ask which bakery had the best, 
and everyone said "The Modern."
So, of course, we went to...

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Why?
I don't know why.
 


Maybe we're used to NY-style cannoli,
but we did not love them. 

Shoulda gone to The Modern.

I was in Boston for all of two hours,
and had already gained five pounds.
 
Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Our next stop was the Boston Holocaust Memorial.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I always get a lump in my throat 
when I see people from all walks of life 
paying tribute to the six million Jews
who were murdered by the Nazis. 
 
Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The marketplace at Faneuil Hall
was our final destination of the afternoon.


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Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We looked, but we didn't touch. 
 
Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Happy Hour was the next mandatory activity...

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and then,
we met a bunch of our other cousins for dinner at Anthem
right in the Faneuil Hall square.

I went for the cholesterol special -- 
New England clam "chowdah"
and a "lobstah" roll.
I had to...I was in Bah-ston.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I'm not sure I ever laughed as hard as I did that night,
but let's just say that the waitress actually pulled up a chair 
because we were having that much fun. 

I've got funny cousins, yes I do.

Next day, we were up and out early, 
and headed to Newbury Street
 for some breakfast and shopping. 

We kept asking for directions to The Paramount - 
a restaurant that was supposed to have a great breakfast.
Unfortunately, everyone thought we meant
the Paramount theater...

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

which had us walking completely around 
Boston Commons.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

No worries...
it was a great walking tour...

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

and we did work off some of that food from the day before.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

When we finally did find the Paramount,
there was an hour wait to get in.
Uh, no thanks.
We went somewhere else.

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

On our walk, we stumbled upon the "Cheers" bar...
yes, the very one where everyone knows your name. 

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Did you used to watch it? 

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Fortified with omelettes and coffee,
we walked over to Newbury Street,
where we went into almost every store...
and every Ladies' room, too. 

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Later that night, was the reason 
we came to Boston in the first place...
The Wedding! 

Four showers, one taxi, an elevator ride, 
and thirty-three floors later...
 
We walked into the State Room atop
Sixty Six State Street in the Financial district. 

 Whoa...

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Talk about a room with a view...
Stunning...

Boston  -- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

As was the Bride...
What an entrance!
Could you walk down those stairs in a long gown and heels?
Me?
I would have had a reverse-Jennifer Lawrence moment...
giving "Here Comes The Bride" new meaning. 
"Look out belooooow!

She nailed it, though. 


 "I do."
They did. 
Mazel Tov!



I don't have to tell you 
that we had the most fun table, do I?

After a farewell brunch on Sunday,
the girls' weekend was over, 
and we headed out of Bean Town...

Yes, we may have left Boston
weighing a few more pounds
than we did when we arrived...

but on the "Good Times" scale of 1-10,
our weekend was a...
10...
11...

I think we broke the scale. 



45 comments:

  1. Aw, just seeing all of these pics. Too much fun! Hubs landed in Boston earlier today (of course, he's from there). I sure wish I could be there with him but we're all going up together again soon when the boys are out of school. Love Boston and now I need some chow-dahhh!. And some Regina's. AND some Italian pastries too!
    Sounds like a super fun trip and your "did we think about the men" image.... LOL!!
    (On a side note, it was 48* when he landed at 3P EST and it was 91* here in FL. Yikes!)

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    1. Glad you will get your Boston 'fix" later this summer, Claire! We did have a great great time. It was freezing when we went - windy and cold, enough for winter coats in early April!

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  2. Sounds like so much fun - Boston is a great city for walking and eating :-)

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    1. I feel like we saw just a tiny bit of it, Vicki, so I need to go back! I can't believe that it's only a 3-hour drive, and this is the first time we've driven up there!

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  3. It has been a while since I visited Boston. Such a great city and with a group of girlfriends, even better!

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    1. I need to go back and explore some more, Michelle! We didn't see enough, and it at a 3-hour drive, it's very doable to go up for another weekend!

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  4. Just the girls how fun! Your pictures are beautiful. Hilarious that no one got to the hotel and have a nap first thing! I really enjoy your blog...thanks for the visit to Boston!! I'll get out of California one day!

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    1. Thank you, June! We did have fun. Boston is a really nice city - much more compact than NY.

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  5. Sounds like tons of fun! I'm so glad you got to do this.
    Brenda

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    1. Me, too, Brenda. It's been a really long time since I've gone away with 'the girls." Nothing like it!

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  6. Cute post and sounds like the perfect girls weekend! Looks cold there and no leaves on the trees yet. We are in full summer mode here.

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    1. It was SO cold, Kim! First weekend in April, and we were in our winter coats! Of course it warmed up the day we were leaving!

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  7. Never been to Boston....your pictures and your fun make me want to. So funny all your comments about being with woman as opposed to men on a trip....so true!!

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    1. It's a fun city, AnnMarie. I wish we had more time to see other areas, but I guess I'll just have to go back!

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  8. I loved this post, Amy! Such a great tour of Boston, I would love to visit there some day. I kinda was there a few years ago--on a business trip, but did not do any touristy stuff (such a shame). Thanks for taking time to take all the pictures. And the food....to die for.

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    1. I, too, had been to Boston on several business trips, so never really got to see it. And I was there years ago when I was in college, so I don't remember anything! The food was amazing!

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  9. Fantastic tour Amy, I was tagging along and enjoying the company immensely. I remember Cheers and it was like seeing an old friend when I saw the sign! The food looked so delicious, I would be in a big heap of trouble if I was there as my eyes would be bigger than my belly!! Thanks so much for taking us along! xx p.s. congratulations to your cousin on her special day xx

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    1. You have no idea how much we ate, Chel! It was crazy! Of course, I enjoyed every bite :) It was so cool to see the Cheers bar. I loved that show!

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  10. Thanks for sharing. This sure did sound like a fun time.

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  11. Made me laugh out loud! Have to plan another trip!!

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    1. Well, looks who's here -- finally! Glad I made you LOL!

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  12. Loved your recap of our trip!
    Thanks for reliving it for us!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! I left the photo booth story out, because without the picture, it wouldn't be as funny!

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  13. Hi Amy,

    I've missed your very funny narratives about all those amazing and adventurous trips you take and this one is no exception! Of course I was LOL at one of your keenest observations about men needing to take a nap upon arrival in a new city, (whether it's an hour plane ride or a 10 hour drive!), meanwhile, we can't wait to hit the town!

    Thanks for the pretty pics,
    and history fix,
    which foods to pick and which to skip,
    (most crucial: that acute cannoli tip),
    of your 'no boys allowed' 'Bah-ston' trip!!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks, Poppy! I've missed you, too! Love your poem :)

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  14. Cold perhaps but very fun no less! Great pics Amy. Thanks for sharing your girls weekend with us. Looks absolutely awesome. I want to go to Boston, that is one city on my bucket list. Been to NY and Chicago, next stop Boston:) Have a great weekend.

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    1. It was SO cold - First weekend in April and we were wearing winter coats! When you do get to Boston, head right to Regina's pizza!

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  15. Wow! You really covered a lot of ground Amy! I've never been to Boston and definitely this is one of the places I really want to visit someday soon! Thanks for all the tips! Glad you had a blast!

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    1. It's a very compact city, Vel, unlike NY. So in two days, we were able to see more than I thought we would.. Still so much more to see! Thanks for your visit!

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  16. You had the most beautiful, funniest crasiest weekend ,LOL. Of course there is not much better than going out with the girls ; I love your photo's and what a beautiful city Boston is. And there was a beautiful bride too.
    Have a nice weekend

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    1. It was so much fun, Riet! I really enjoyed Boston, and would like to go back to see more. The beautiful bride was the "icing on the wedding cake!"

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  17. You have really captured Boston's beauty with these pictures. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. I was laughing at your opening lines. How true is all that stuff, the girls only understand, LOL. The food just made me hungry.

    Cynthia

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    1. It is true, isn't it, Cynthia, about the differences is travel with men and women! I get hungry every time I look at these pics!

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  18. I've never been to Boston, but it's on my list! What a fun weekend. The bride was beautiful - I could have NEVER done those stairs - impressive. Loved all your pictures.

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    1. It's definitely worth a visit, Lana. It's nice and compact, so it doesn't require a lot of days; however, there is so much to see that if you had the time, you'd definitely fill the time.

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  19. It seemed like the best weekend! I loved seeing Boston through your eyes... I feel like I won't be hungry for a while, now!

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    1. I felt like I couldn't eat for days afterwards, Magali!

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  20. What a fun post. I started craving pizza immediately even though it is only a little after 6 a.m. Sure I could have pizza for breakfast, why not? :)
    Great tour.
    And the ending...thinking about the men back home...LOL!

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    1. I like the way you think, Deb...yes, pizza for breakfast is a fine idea!

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  21. Soooooo much fun...I even enjoyed every minute!!! Glad you had this much fun and shared it...and I did watch Cheers!
    Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. Glad you had a good time, too, Catherine! Cheers was such a great show, wasn't it? It was really cool to see the actual bar.

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  22. 4 Jewish girls on the loose? Vey iz mir lol - I can't imagine the fun !!! ( or the humor )
    It sounds like an amazing time - and laughing like that burns calories don't you know !!!
    xox

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    1. Ooh, I love your Yiddish, Suzan! Well, I should be emaciated by now, after all the laughing we did!

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  23. On the way to Boston this Sunday for 10 days. What is a must see and where is a must eat for the best money? 3 meals a day and hotle are killing my budget and would like to spend some money on fun. We will have time to do what we want waiting for granddaughter to do classes at Harvard. Please email me directly. tljwlj2@suddenlink.net I need to know what not to miss. TIA

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