Monday morning Andy asks me, out of the blue, "Do you want to fly to Boston tomorrow morning?" I of course don't even know how to answer, it is not like we are often traveling spur of the moment to miscellaneous locations. Then I realize, it must be a Slick Deal.
Yep, it is a Slick Deal. My husband... the Slick Deal champ! I told him after the TV purchase he couldn't look at Slick Deals for two months, but well, that didn't happen. It was an awesome deal we couldn't pass up. We flew from O'hare to Boston and back, all 5 of us, for less than $200 total! We had a fun and much needed mini-vacation!
I've never been to Boston before, and the kids had never flown before, so it was a great trip! Boston is really a beautiful city, and we were able to get around everywhere we wanted on the subway. The kids loved riding on the subway and buses and shuttles. We packed about a week's worth of activities into two days! I don't even remember how many subway rides and transfers and buses and shuttles we took, but it was a lot!
We headed to the North End of Boston first. We saw the Old North Church and a really old cemetery, and looked for a restaurant Andy wanted to try. It was closed, but there were lots and lots of other Italian restaurants, so we found one called Dino's and it was really good. It must be the Italian part of town.
We walked for a little while on the Freedom Trail...
And then made our way downtown. We saw lots and lots of really cool buildings and shops, but by then we had worn out the kids' legs and it was getting really cold!
We hopped on a free bus to the JFK Presidential Library the next day. We looked around the outside and walked down by the ocean. We decided not to pay the admission fee, as we figured Faye and Drew and Alex could care less, but it was a pretty cool place.
This is the view from the back of the JFK Library. It was cold and dreary, but it was a great view!
We hopped on the subway and had lunch at The Other Side Cafe, a restaurant that has lots of vegan food. It was nice to have something other than spaghetti when we travel, and my vegan BLT was really good. It was a short walk from there to the Prudential Center, where we rode the elevator up to the 50th floor. We could see all of Boston!
Fenway Park from the Prudential Center. A game was starting - you can see all the red!
The Nintendo DS came in handy while we were waiting at the airport. The kids could sit for hours and play Super Mario Bros. Our flight home was delayed by over 3 hours due to bad weather in Chicago.
The camera works great for entertaining the kids too! They love to take pictures!
Alex was worn out and slept at the airport while waiting for our flight...
The delay did give us time to hop back on the subway and visit Revere Beach. It was the first time the kids have walked on the beach. It was about 50 degrees and sprinkling, but we had a good time. The kids picked up seashells and rocks and played in the sand. The beach is very close to the airport, so we could watch the planes fly overhead. When we had to check-in at the airport and take our shoes off, we dumped a lot of sand out of our shoes on the floor!
The kids were so excited about the beach they would not stop jumping. Here Faye is in mid-jump!
It was an exhausting trip with 3 kids, especially since we forgot the stroller or backpack for Alex and had to carry him most of the way, but it was a lot of fun!