Boston Journals

Thoughts on Boston from a former local

A travel journal to Boston by jennandwes

Quote: I've moved 30 minutes north of Boston to Gloucester (just couldn't take the rent anymore), but am still in town several times a week and thought I'd share some of my thoughts on the area.

Thoughts on Boston from a former local

Overview

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Duck Tour- fun even for locals, great for kids. Fourth of July is fantastic if you don't mind crowds. Marathon Monday! My favorite time to be in town, the third Monday of every April, Boston at its friendliest and most boisterous. The Harbor Tours are a lot of fun and something different, as are the whale watches. Quincy Market is the standard tourist destination, but it's really just a glorified shopping Center and food court.Quick Tips: The North End is filled with good Italian restaurants and bakeries. Mike's Pastry is the more popular one but I swear by Modern Pastry's Canolis. If you're hoping to catch a game at Fenway, get your tickets well ...Read More

Rabia's Ristorante

Restaurant | "Rabias"

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My favorite place to eat in the North End. The atmosphere is cozy and intimate, which is great, but if you're planning on going during peak hours, make reservations.

The service has always been outstanding and this is one of the places we always bring out of town visitors - we've never had a bad experience.

Most places in the North End serve up great food, but we think Rabia's is among the best. They offer a nice mix of Italian dishes, and every one of them is wonderful. The seafood ravioli is a personal favorite, and their bruschetta is phenomenal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Rabia's Ristorante
73 Salem St
Boston, Massachusetts 02113
+1 617 227 6637

Rosenfelds Bagels

Restaurant

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New Yorkers that think the only decent bagels are in New York have never been to Rosenfeld's.

Okay, it's not really in Boston, it's in Newton Center. But really, the bagels here are so good, it's worth mentioning anyways. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with an untold number of flavors and schmears - but if you want a selection, come early!

Across the street is Johnny D's, which is a terrific diner for breakfast or lunch, and makes the best cranberry pancakes you've ever tasted.

You probably wouldn't go to Newton Center just because, but if you happen to find yourself there, Rosenfelds is worth a stop.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Rosenfelds Bagels
1280 Centre Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02459
(617) 527-8080

Charles River Esplanade

Attraction | "Running Along the Charles River"

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This a great way to see a different side of Boston. You can start at virtually any point on the river, and do any number of different distances. The Bill Rodgers Running Shop in Quincy Market and Marathon Sports in Brookline and on Boylston carry maps that have all the distances and running routes along the river. Some of my personal favorites are the stretch along the esplanade and the stretch in between the Harvard Foot-Bridge and the Eliot Bridge (includes Artesani Park), both on the Boston side. In most places the paths are wide enough to run comfortably, and the surface is a mixture of pavement and packed dirt. In the summer, there are regular road races every...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Charles River Esplanade
Storrow Drive
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Patriots Day/Marathon Monday

Attraction | "Patriots Day"

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Patriots Day, the third Monday in April and also known as "Marathon Monday", is one my favorite times to be in Boston. It's a fantastically fun day that really brings out the best in the city. Our preferred way of celebrating is to grab a spot on Hereford Street (the final "hill" before the finish) while toting a radio so that we can listen to the game while waiting for the runners. There are any number of great spots to watch - as a rule, the farther you are from the finish, the thinner the crowds will be. For the partiers at heart you can watch from several of the bars on Boylston street (for a rather steep cover charge), or you can head out to Newton and cheer runners on through the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Patriots Day/Marathon Monday
Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts

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There's just something about Boston. I wasn't born here, but have lived here long enough to feel it in my core, even if I may never fully understand it. There's a reason people get so fired up about Boston - you just can't be neutral about it. It's a place that inspires passion, that people either fervently love or fervently hate. I am one of those that love it. In fact, I've even started doing the evil eye thing to people who dare say they not like the place, a habit of many of my friends who were born here, and one that I used to laugh at. For one thing, there's the feeling of being constantly surrounded by history. Brick sidewalks and historic buildings are everywhere. You w...Read More