This past weekend was hopping! We celebrated Molly’s birthday with a plethora of activities! My inlaws came up from New Jersey we all had a lovely time!
Saturday started with brunch at Renee’s Cafe in Somerville. Good service and relaxing atmosphere plus a tasty meal! They don’t have a website but they DO have vegetarian sausage! Being veg myself, I like to make note of the places that make the extra effort.
We went into Boston and did a good section of the Freedom Trail. We almost made it to Paul Revere’s house before calling it quits for the day. If you don’t want a guided tour, the Trail itself is free and open but some of the historical sites do ask a small fee. Since it’s over 2 miles of American History, it can be a bit overwhelming to take in all in one day.
The main benefit, of course, is being able to not only take in Boston’s incredible past but also to be able to experience the present! I felt blessed to be a part of it all and as we were riding the T back home, I looked out the window at the sun shining down on the city and was awestruck. This is our home now!
At the beginning of the Trail, we saw these living statues. I’ve seen about five or six of these in the past few years in various countries but this was my first duo. This was one of the highlights of the entire day for me!
Not too far into the Trail, we got to this burial ground. Samuel Adams, Mary “Mother” Goose (Yes! Her last name was Goose!), Paul Revere, John Hancock and the parents of Benjamin Franklin are all resting here. We also saw where these men went to school (the first public school!), the old Town Hall and the church where the oldest pulpit in the U.S. is still being used.
We made it all the way up to Little Italy in the North End. We went into Mike’s Pastry for dessert and managed to survive to tell the tale! The crowd was out the door! We got a few cupcakes and some pasticiotto (the vanilla cream one was incredible!). They are famous for their cannolis and when I get the courage, I’ll brave the crowd again! If I survive, I’ll let you know how it is!
Today saw another brunch (Two in one weekend! Awesome!) at Nourish in Lexington. It should be noted that going out for Saturday brunch is a tradition for us. We’ve tried several places in the area and this was the best that we’ve experienced! I had the Nourish Frittata and it was absolutely outstanding! I also stole a bite (Okay, several bites!) of Molly’s swoonworthy french toast.
We went to Lexington because The Historical Society was hosting an antique car show. There were lots of sweet rides but this one was a little bit special. This was the first fire engine in the town of Lexington and it dates back to 1911! One hundred years old! The boy on the right is cranking the siren. It was very impressive to see how well it has been preserved over the course of a century!
Chris’ parents left afterwards and we headed back home where we’ve been sitting and relaxing for the first time in days. Whew!