A weekend in Boston, via Instagram

A weekend in Boston, via Instagram

One of the brilliant things about being back in the USA–even if I am on the opposite coast of my hometown–is being closer to my family and friends. Suddenly, I’m only a couple of time zones and a domestic flight away.

Christine Amorose and parents in Boston Common in a New England fall

So for the first time in my travels, my parents came to visit me. Well, kind of–they came to the East Coast. They had been to Boston 12 years ago and absolutely loved it, and had been searching for an excuse to visit again. Cue excuse: bringing me a suitcase of winter clothes that had been tucked away in my closet these last few years and some of my favorite photos and knickknacks from Mimi’s house. I took the bus up from New York City, and had an absolutely delightful weekend (and not just because my dad picked up the tab at dinner).

Boston Common in the fall in New England

We couldn’t have asked for more perfect fall weather. The October weekend was crisp cerulean skies and bursting red trees: leaves changing, sun shining. I’d seen the leaves changing in New York City, but nothing like this: this was why people swoon over fall in New England.

Boston Public Garden on a beautiful day in New England in the fall

Boston Public Garden in the fall in New England

We wandered through the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden: not nearly as overwhelming as Central Park, I almost preferred these lively, green spaces in the center of town.

Carousel at dusk in Boston, New England

I noticed this carousel as we strolled to dinner at Mamma Maria: with the pink sunset as a backdrop, it seemed like something out of an old-world fairytale. Oh, and dinner at Mamma Maria: it’s a splurge, but it’s worth it. Incredible service, a killer wine list and the best upscale ambiance in North End–and rabbit stew. It was a delicious evening.

Copp's Hill Burial Ground in North End in Boston, New England

Boston is so incredibly rich with American history, it’s hard to take it all in. We followed the Freedom Trail past Paul Revere’s house, past the Old North Church, through Faneuil Hall Marketplace. One of my favorites was Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, a revolutionary-era cemetery covered with orange leaves and the stories of the earliest Americans.

Cappuccino at Caffe Vittoria in North End, Boston, New England

We sipped the most delicious cappuccinos at Vittoria Caffe in North End, the Italian section of town. Unlike Little Italy in New York City, North End still felt like a thriving Italian community. People spoke Italian in the storefronts, they ran into family and friends on the street, groups of old men gathered and discussed the day over cappuccinos.

Christine Amorose and her Christine Amorose and her mother eating cannolis in North End, Boston

Most importantly, there were delicious cannolis. We opted for Modern Pastry on Hanover Street instead of the also-popular Mike’s Pastries. My dad grew up watching his Italian grandmother make cannolis, and he knows the important of waiting to stuff the shell to avoid them getting mushy. Have them as a breakfast treat, an afternoon snack or pick them up to-go: we never waited in line during the day, but saw the line stretch out the door after dinner.

Girl sitting on steps in Newbury Street in Boston, New England

We also spent a morning wandering along Newbury Street, Boston’s thoroughfare of shopping and sunny Sunday brunches.

Overall, it was an incredible weekend: special thanks to my parents for sponsoring the fun πŸ™‚

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  • Beverley | Pack Your Passport

    Me = sold on Boston!! It looks gorgeous hun, especially the trees in the park and that beautiful carousel! It’s the best when your parents come and visit you, that I can definitely vouch for – when mine visited me in Australia it was amazing. Free food? Errrr, yeah alright then!

  • The one piece of advice I give everyone visiting Boston is to skip Mike’s Pastry and go to Modern for cannolis, as they FILL THEM IN FRONT OF YOU. Well done. So glad you enjoyed! Looks like you went on the perfect foliage weekend!

  • Boston is one of the few places in the US that are on my travel list — more for the Irish heritage than the Italian though πŸ˜‰ It looks gorgeous and now I’m craving a cannoli!

  • Oh, I just love Boston. I’ve only been once (spring 2011, before I started blogging), but it was an amazing experience. I think my favorite part of our trip was the Freedom Trail. We spent an entire afternoon wandering around, following the map and soaking up the history found in different pockets of the city. I’ve attached a photo of “our street” while we were there. We stayed in a VRBO rental in Beacon Hill and loved it. Your photos are so beautiful. Makes me want to do it all over again…but maybe in the fall this time. πŸ™‚

  • Beautiful photos! I visited Boston a few years ago and loved it. So much history, so much fun and absolutely stunning. I visited in the Summer, which was great, but I would love to get up there in the Fall.

  • I love your photo of the trees next to the brick path popping with orange and red. I’ve never been to Boston, but it looks beautiful.

  • Sophie Smith

    you captured my city so well! what a perfect weekend to come!

  • perfect! ^^ speechless ~~

  • agree!! ^^ i wish i will come one day..

  • camorose

    We definitely picked the PERFECT weekend to visit! And yes, kiiiiind of the best when someone else picks up the tab on a nice dinner πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    It was the PERFECT weekend–I totally fell in love with Boston in the fall! Modern Pastry was totally a highlight–best cannolis I’ve had in a long while. Now I just need to get my parents on getting my great-grandmother’s recipe and learning how to make them at home…

  • camorose

    Absolutely loved Boston–I can’t wait to go back again!

  • camorose

    How awesome! We followed the Freedom Trail around, and it was nice that my parents had already been there–they knew a bit more of the history that they were able to share with me πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    I’m looking forward to visiting friends who live there in 2013–I think it’ll be gorgeous in the spring!

  • camorose

    Thanks! If you visit–go in the fall! Absolutely gorgeous.

  • camorose

    Aww brilliant! We totally lucked out on the weekend πŸ™‚

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