When: April, 2017
Where: Boston, MA
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with family and friends! I couldn’t be happier spring came just in time for us New Englanders to enjoy the holiday outside grilling, egg hunting or whatever else. It was also the Boston Marathon this past Monday, which has been bittersweet since the bombing in 2013. Regardless, it’s a really fun day where the entire city rallies around the commitment of thousands of runners tackling 26.2 miles through the hills of Boston and beyond (which is also on my bucket list). Most people have “Marathon Monday/Patriots Day" off from work and are encouraged to go support all the runners and the city as a whole. You might have heard of the unofficial motto of the Boston Marathon – “you run, we drink!" 😉 Anyways, I made it through another Boston winter and here we are in the midst of such a beautiful spring.
From Commonwealth Ave to the Boston Common and into Cambridge you’ll find flowers and trees blossoming everywhere with the perfect colors to start the new season. There are these two big cherry blossom trees (well, at least I think they are) on the west side entrance via Arlington Street of the Public Garden. Over the course of a few days, I watched them turn from the prettiest pure white to the sweetest pink color (millennial pink anyone?!).
Who needs to go to Washington, DC or Japan to experience the cherry blossom festival with all of these beautiful trees here?! Just kidding – both those places are actually very high on my bucket list.
Since the weather was wonderful, Jon and I spent the Saturday of Easter weekend at The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Here’s a little bit about the museum – “Over three decades, Isabella Stewart Gardner traveled the world and worked with important art patrons and advisors Bernard Berenson and Okakura Kakuzo to amass a remarkable collection of master and decorative arts.
In 1903, she completed the construction of Fenway Court in Boston to house her collection and provide a vital place for Americans to access and enjoy important works of art. Isabella Gardner installed her collection of works in a way to evoke intimate responses to the art, mixing paintings, furniture, textiles, and objects from different cultures and periods among well-known European paintings and sculpture." – ISGM Website.
We also finally tried this restaraunt that’s been on our to-go list for awhile called Porto. With a wonderful location right next to Sax Fifth Avenue in Copley Square, they serve fresh Mediterranean food and yes, there’s a raw bar! We shared a few oysters, the house-made bucatini with bacon and the grilled avocado toast. They have a really nice outdoor area situated next to the bar by the entrance. I’ll definitely be coming back in the summer to enjoy the roof deck.
On a travel note, Jon and I are getting ready of our first trip of the year in the next couple of weeks – Greece! We’re heading to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos for 2 weeks. With the help of friends and so many other travel blogs out there, we planned a bunch of exciting activities like:
- Athens – we’re taking a day trip to the small islands of Poros, Hydra and Aegina
- Santorini – we opted for a private pool and are taking a catamaran out for a day around the island
- Mykonos – we’re renting ATVs for a full day of beach hopping
I can’t wait to share the photos with you all and if you aren’t already, definitely follow along on instagram!