One last post from our December overnight trip to Boston: behold the views from the Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center.
This was a surprisingly great place to bring a three-year-old. She loved being in a building that was “as high as an airplane,” and there was ample space for her to run laps around the perimeter of the observatory without bothering other folks (much). The personal audio tour device was an unforeseen bonus, as she loved pretending it was a phone and taking photos with it.
I lived in Boston for six years and never saw the sunrise (thanks to being a college student and twenty-something, and never living higher than the fifth floor). I stayed there for one night with my three-year-old daughter, and there it was!
[view from the 17th floor of the Sheraton Boston north tower]
When I was a college student in Boston and needed a distraction from stressful academic stuff, I often went to the Museum of Fine Arts or the New England Aquarium (both of these awesome places were free with my Northeastern student ID). Now, more than ten years later, we visited Boston for the first time with our little one, and had to hit up the New England Aquarium.
Many things I loved haven’t changed in all these years. Myrtle the sea turtle, now 95 years old, is still swimming laps in the big tank. The little blue penguins are still being adorable alongside the big tank. I was pleased to see that there are now sea lions outside, but I sure missed the sea otters that I used to watch playing out there. [Does anyone know why the otters aren’t there anymore? Google has failed me on that question.]
I couldn’t believe how crowded the aquarium was, but I guess that’s what you get on a cold rainy day during the school vacation week between Christmas and New Year’s. The jellyfish area was probably the quietest part of the building, so at least I was able to get a couple of nice shots of the photogenic jellies!
Ganley recently spent a few days in Boston. He enjoyed a wander through the Fens on a sunny morning.
He also took advantage of the fantastic restaurants in Boston, starting out with a delicious take-out dinner from El Pelon, which recently re-opened its Peterborough Street location. He highly recommends the veggie plato (a great pile of mexican rice, black beans, and veggies, with corn tortillas on the side). Lunch at Pho and I was also excellent. The Pho Chay was such a large bowl of soup that Ganley could have swam laps in it, if it hadn’t been so delicious. The soup had a variety of vegetables and lots of yummy tofu. And most impressive of all was dinner at the Red Lentil in Watertown. The Red Lentil is all vegetarian, and has many gluten-free vegan options, as well as gluten-free cake! The food was really tasty, and beautifully presented.
As I mentioned before, Ganley loves good public transit, so of course he liked riding the T. Here he is admiring the T map while waiting for a train at the Symphony T stop.
While we were in Boston, I was keen to try one of the gluten-free cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes, a small cupcakery on Highland Avenue in Davis Square. The variety of gluten-free cupcake flavors surpassed my expectations – they had chocolate, vanilla, mojito, and choco-mint gluten-free cupcakes, as well as many flavors of regular cupcakes, a few flavors of vegan cupcakes, and even cupcakes for pets! There was no indoor seating, so I took my choco-mint cupcake to go in a compostable take-out box. The $3 cupcake was about the same size as the ones I make at home, rather than one of those jumbo cupcakes that some bakeries sell. But the cupcake was tasty and moist and not too crumbly. I would love to try out their other flavors the next time I am in town!