A Warm Winter's Day in Boston
I adore winter. I love the slow, peaceful days. And as a natural homebody, winter is suited to my inclinations. Here, in New England, though there are some grey winter days, there is mostly plenty of sunshine (almost seems like more with no leaves to filter the light and the snow on the ground to reflect the sun). Though I have no problem with cold, I'd take a cold snap over a heat wave any day, when you do have an unseasonably warm winter's day, it would do you well to take advantage of it and get out of the house.
So, when temperatures reached 60 this weekend, we headed into Boston. We like to go into the city about once a month anyway and this was the perfect oppurtunity. After some time spent at the New England Aquarium, we treated ourselves to some time in the North End and to some cannolis!
There is a bit of cannoli war going on in the North End, and for those unfamiliar with Boston, the North End is the Little Italy of Boston. Many locals say that Mike's Pastry is for tourists and the real Bostonians go to Modern's. Both are on Hanover Street. However, I've heard many locals admit that they really do like Mike's best. I cannot say which is better, since I have not been to Modern's, but Mike's cannolis are incredibly delicious.
Some of my kids and husband deciding which kind of cannoli they will get.
Russ opening our box of goodies.
I picked a chocolate dipped cannoli and it was divine!
Alleyway in the North End.
A trip into the North End is a must when visiting Boston. It is the oldest residential community in the city, neighborhoods first springing up in the 1630's, and it is such a treat to walk on the cobblestone streets and take in the history of that area. Parts of it have a truly European feel.
After walking around the North End, we walked off the cannolis by heading into Quincy Market. And, yes, even after my cannoli I treated myself to an Italian Ice at Quincy. I just can't seem to leave that place without one!
Boston at night.
Blue tunnel of light, heading in the direction of the North End.
My husband and two of my kids walking to Quincy Market.
I love Boston lit up at night!
I feel that every season hands us a magical day or two that we must grasp onto, and this, for me, was one of those days. I mean, walking all around gorgeous Boston in January, with the Christmas lighting still up, eating a chocolate-dipped cannoli, and not even having to wear a jacket, does it get any better?
Posted by Alyson (New England Living) at 10:33 AM