A Date in Cambridge

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Harvard Square

There are a few upsides to having a husband that travels nearly every week for business.  For one, when he's home, he's home.  No working, for the most part, and he always tries to be home on fridays.  Now that all four kids are in school all day long, that means that fridays have become our day to run out and play, sans the offspring.  It's like we're dating all over again.  It's awesome!

We usually just pick some interesting place within an hour of our home, go explore and, while we're at it, eat highly fattening food.  Lucky for us, we live in New England where you pretty much never run out of cool places to visit.

Last week we chose Cambridge, Massachusetts - home to Harvard and MIT (i.e., the wicked smart).  Home to Longfellow of the "listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere" fame.  Also, home to many who probably want to strangle anyone they hear say, "pahk yah cah in Hahvahd Yahd."

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Harvard's gate

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John Harvard hacked by MIT pranksters

Walking around Harvard also has the added benefit of causing the song Boston (Ladies of Cambridge) to loop over and over in my head, and anything that brings Vampire Weekend to mind makes me infinitely happy.

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Harvard dorms

If you happen to be in the Cambridge area, I suggest hitting up Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's house.  It's in a stunning neighborhood, lots of old-timey mansions, and the house and grounds are stunning.

Longfellow 1 photo 2ff677bb3152614897b78759a92cc39b_zps6cbf4d53.jpgHenry Wadsworth Longfellow's home. This home also served as General George Washington's headquarters in 1775-1776.

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Longfellow's study.  Portrait of Longfellow painted by his son.

It's friday again, which would normally mean another day out exploring my beloved New England, but as it has been drizzling all day and I feel like a head cold has hit me this morning, we may just have to stick to getting some highly-fattening take-out and lazing around on the sofa, watching a good flick before the kids get home. 


  1. Last Friday was the inauguration of the new president of MIT (I work in his office). The president of Harvard spoke at his inauguration and gave him a framed photo of John Harvard decked out in that MIT wear!

  2. SO beautiful!! I have always wanted to live in New England and this post just solidifies that! I need to move!

  3. Mary Chung's for Dim Sum. That is all.

  4. beautiful! i love new england. my hubby grew up in bostson. when we visit we go to longfellows "wayside inn". make sure you go there if you have not and also gloucester, that town is my favorite. glad you are blogging again!

  5. Leann - it is an awesome place! Move if you can! :)

    Hungarian Chick - thanks for the tip!

    Life is good - yep, been to those places multiple times! :)

  6. These series are awesome, indeed very nice pictures Alyson. Congratulations on your new blog, I think you got the right ingredients for New England and living...so, never loose your inspiration and keep shooting and writing!

  7. Oooh, I really want to visit the Longfellow home! I've never been there and it looks and sounds awesome.