There’s so much to see in the city of Boston in terms of history and the arts.
But for this trip, we had a narrower focus. We were in “40th anniversary celebration” mode, so our goal was to relax and enjoy our accommodations, have a couple of great meals, and shop at some of our favorite places.
We spent one whole day walking/browsing through “downtown” – one of Boston’s oldest shopping areas. It’s a bright and bustling place with stores of every kind.
It’s been in business since 1936. I’m not THAT old 😉 but when I was a kid, my girlfriends and I would take the train (subway) into Boston and stop at Windsor Button to purchase yards of grosgrain ribbon for our hair. It was very “in” at the time to pull your hair back in sort of a low pony tail, and then tie it with a soft bow to match your outfit. Our finances were meager then – mainly babysitting money – but we felt rich as Midas when we stepped up to the counter and announced: “I’ll take a yard of the royal blue please!”.
The shop is most famous for it’s vast collection of buttons.
A picture can’t really capture the magnitude of the display. There are buttons of every description and material – some plain, some a little fancy, and some so intricate and exquisite – they’d take your breath away. In recent years, they’ve added a beautiful selection of fine yarns and other sewing supplies. I bought some pretty yarn, and a crochet hook in a small size that I didn’t have.
For Sir Beads, no trip to Boston is complete without a browse of The Brattle Book Shop
Known as one of America’s oldest and largest purveyors of used books, there are 3 floors inside the building.
And an outside bargain lot.
But, it’s the third floor of rare and antiquarian books that really make Sir Beads’ heart pound.
He could easily spend an entire afternoon there but most of the time – it’s just a couple of hours.
So, by the end of the day our feet were telling us it was time to return to the hotel. We literally flopped on the sofa with a pre-dinner snack and then took the elevator to the 26th floor to watch the sun set over Boston! 😀
The Custom House observation deck is an outside walkway (located above the clock!) which wraps all the way around the building.
The sun was just beginning to wane and the view was magnificient. It’s amazing to see the city from so many angles.
I loved the sailboats…..
And the water view…
Here’s another angle on the harbor…
And some of Boston’s lovely architecture at sunset. Notice how Sir Beads captured the reflection of the Custom House on the building in the center of the photo.
By now, the sun was almost gone but the fresh air was delightfully balmy up there! Suddenly, we realized we were getting quite hungry…
Dinner would once again be in The Italian North End. This time at Lucca. Believe it or not, we enjoyed this meal even more than the one we had the night before.
And regardless of the calories, we did return to the pastry shop one more time. (We decided we could be on saltines and water when the mini vacation was over!) 😉
Before hopping into bed – one final look out the window. Boston doesn’t sleep.
In the morning, we headed home. We felt incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to make such a special memory together. Thanks for sharing it with us! 🙂
Crystal & Sir Beads
What a nice getaway you two had. It was fun to relive your fun times with you. Sir Beads did a good job taking the photos. The Custom House sure was beautiful and interesting story to go with it. Sir Beads interest in book shops sure comes by way of our Dad. And now I know along with your friends where to go if you need a button or two, and where to go for some fine pastry.
I think the wife and I will fly into Boston tomorrow for dinner at Lucca’s. Oh, I guess I caught myself day dreaming a little bit! You know, we have never been on a plane together and just three times between us in forty eight and a half years.
Congratulations on your fortieth plus anniversary, Sir Beads sure knows how to do these occasions in style, doesn’t he.
Hi Sir Beads’ Brother 🙂
Such a sweet comment, as always. You had me giggling with your daydream! I know you and Sir Beads’ Sister-in-Law have had some special trips together, too.
Thanks for sticking it out for all three episodes, here. It was harder than I thought to keep the story short. xoxo
Thanks for taking us along with you on your 40th wedding anniversary celebration. I have never been to Boston but it seems now that I have. Loved your photos and the stories to go with them. You would make a terrific tour guide. Now, off to get something to eat. Your posts made me hungry. 😀
Where’s the pictures of the food from Lucca? You know we live thru your posts. Italian food is my favorite.
I do love the photos and I like sailboats too. I have never been to Boston, but I would enjoy the book store.
We are heading to Kentucky Lake this weekend to spend the weekend at a friend’s house.
Lucca had a romantic atmosphere. It was all dim lights and lots of candles.There were couples all around us who seemed to be quietly celebrating something. I didn’t want to disturb everyone’s mood by using my camera’s flash. But the food and service were amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat on the next special occasion!
Have fun at Kentucky Lake! Will you be going on the Harleys?
You’ve been having some great getaways this spring/summer. It must be a welcome break from all the studying! 😀
OOH Doggy!! A day of books and buttons. What a great browse. Relaxing with that wonderful view and good food. It looks like a great final day.
How you gonna top it for 41?
OOH Doggy, Carol! 🙂
Now I’m smiling! I always loved hearing Jed Clampett say that!!!!
You would have loved the buttons… and I know you love books. I’m afraid of heights so I was surprised that I felt safe out on that high deck. ( I never said I was consistent! )
We’ll probably have to wait until our 50th to “party” as well as we did during this year’s merriment but that’s ok.
Hey, at my age, maybe I should only celebrate birthdays every 10 years, too. 😉 xo!
Hi Crystal…and Sir Beads too!
I can’t tell you guys how much I enjoyed your trip! Your photos are all just beautiful, and I totally enjoyed reading about your adventures. Boston is so charming with all of it’s lovely red brick buildings….and OMG that button shop!!! (be still my pounding heart!)
Sir Beads, I can just smell all of those books. For some reason, the first thing I do when I buy a book is open it up and take a big sniff. Then I hold it out in front of my face, fan the pages and take another big sniff. There’s just something about the smell of a book that’s so wonderful!
Crystal, I think I would have been a teeny weensy bit nervous out on that observation deck…but what a view!!!
Hope you guys go on another trip soon, and take us along too. This one was really, REALLY good!!!
xoxo Paulette 😀
Aw, thanks Paulette! 😀
Once I was in the middle of posting about it, I really began to worry it was way too long.
I thought about making it 4 parts – but then figured – enough is enough!
Next week, I promise to be more concise and get back to some “regular programming”. 😉
I just knew I should’ve listened to my inner voice last week telling me to “Check Crystal’s blog – Check Crystal’s blog – Will ya check Crystal’s blog already?!” LOL Sorry I’m late, but I’m glad I “finally” listened. 😉
Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip to Boston. I love the clever and fun way you blogged it all. 🙂 I’ve never been to Boston….in fact, I’ve never been to that part of the country, but after reading your posts and seeing all the great photos, I would sure like to experience it one day. I love your story about the button shop! And the food….Wow! Your hotel room looked so lovely too. And what a fantastic hotel it is! I’m so glad to know you two had such a fun time. Happy 40th anniversary to both of you! 🙂
I missed you Brenda!
So glad you stopped by 🙂
If you ever have the chance, I know you’d love Boston. I touched on just a tiny fraction of all there is to see and do.
And thank you for the anniversary wishes. Hope you are enjoying the summer. I’m sure there are beads included in your schedule. 😉
A big “thanks” to Donna
for understanding that I’m an idiot for writing an answer to her comment a few days ago, but forgetting to hit “reply” so it would actually show! Duh!