As I’ve mentioned, my mom, Grammy, and I roadtripped up to Boston last week to visit my great Uncle Bob and great Aunt Alice. We left bright and early Monday morning and saw the entire Northeast region on our way up 95!
Hello, New York!
(Are they really making a new Ice Age movie? Did anyone actually watch the first two?)
Entering the city via the GW Bridge:
Once we were on the far side of NYC and into Connecticut, it was about time for lunch – we needed some food and needed to stretch our legs! After calling a few different places on the water in the New Haven area, only to find that all were either a) closed on Mondays or b) only open for dinner, we decided to go to Tavern on Main in Westport.
Tavern on Main had an awesome outdoor seating area, so we of course sat there. I wish I had gotten a picture of the outrageous ladies who were sitting next to us. They were so obnoxious– squeaky high voices, talking about their Birkin bags, blah blah, I’m so rich, look at me. Honestly though, to me the weirdest part was that one was probably 35 max, and the other was about 65, and they were BFFs having lunch. Obviously trying to show off because they were talking SO loudly that there wasn’t one person there who didn’t hear every word they said.
Oh, and after their lunch, they planned to “stroll the avenue,” i.e. shop on Main St.
Anyway, our lunch was delicious! I had a turkey wrap with cranberry (I love cranberry on sandwiches, it reminds me of my favorite sandwich at Belair Market in Cville) and I guess I demolished it before I could take a picture? Unclear, I thought I had taken one.
Mom and Grammy after lunch:
You can see the terrace where we ate behind them, on the 2nd floor. We were around the corner to the left, but it was similar.
The weather was THE MOST PERFECT that day. There was basically zero humidity up north, which was such a nice change from here in Cville.
How cute is Westport’s YMCA?!
When we arrived in Boston, we had some wonderful faces there to greet us!
I hadn’t seen Uncle B and Aunt A in….years. I don’t even know how many…more than a handful. It was so great to visit with them! Uncle Bob and I have a special bond because when I was little and everyone else was tired of playing with me, he would get down on the floor and play Barbies with me. He’s that awesome. I forgot to bring my Barbies last week, though!!
B and A live in an awesome retirement complex (is that the right word?) that is basically like a swanky hotel/country club. Seriously, I’m ready to move in. Except for the “Stewed Prunes” on the appetizer menu at the restaurant… yep, that exists.
On Wednesday, we went to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) in downtown Boston. Another gorgeous day!
First we saw the jewelry exhibit which was awesome. I will accept any piece of jewelry from that collection. Or even remotely like it. Particularly this mask, which I shall wear for the Olympics. Yes, please.
Grammy asked if this statue was an elephant. I told her it was modern art. My mom said it was a “blob.” That’s the technical term, of course.
The MFA has a new American Wing which was super great – tons of good art in there. My only complaint was that it really didn’t connect to the rest of the museum well – hard to get from the American Wing to another wing, even if they are right next door to each other, there weren’t many hallways connecting them.
I stopped by the rest room on the 6th floor of the American Wing, and check out this view from the hallway by the bathrooms. Seriously?! This should be an exhibit itself. Why didn’t they advertise this??
LOVE this Chihuly tree in the courtyard.
On the way back from the MFA, we saw some great sites – boathouses, Fenway, yadda yadda. Tourist stuff, but in the car.
When we got back, we had a great dinner with their amazing friends, the Fowlers. I had so much fun talking to them. Mrs. Fowler was so sweet and made a necklace for Grammy! It’s really pretty.
As if I didn’t already want to move directly into the old peoples’ place, please look at this view from the place’s roof deck. Yes, they have a roof deck.
Moving. In. ASAP.
Wednesday morning, we had to hit the road right after breakfast in order to make it to Stamford in time to have lunch with Johnny, so we said our “see you laters” and gave lots of hugs and kisses.
(Siblings!! Don’t they look alike? Same smile for sure.)
It was so fun to see you, Uncle Bob and Aunt Alice! Thank you for having us! xoxoxo
We made it to Stamford in time for lunch! Yippee! Got to see this fellow:
Some wedding talk and a few discussions about whether tipping at diners is different from other restaurants later and it was time to get me to New York! More to come…