Boston is one of our favorite city. Beautiful skyline, by the dirty water, gorgeous big old houses and vintage buildings, too many things to visit and home of the Red Sox.
I bought our first tickets to our Beloved Ballpark 9 years ago for Brian’s birthday (mistake #1). We had never went to Fenway Park, or Boston. We ended up watching 4 games in 3 days… (mistake #2). Didn’t even had time to visit anything, or just to do anything, but boy did I end up knowing a lot about the Sox. You know what Drew Barrymore went through in the movie Fever Pitch with her crazy-red-sox-fan-boyfriend doing nothing else than talking about baseball, well that resumes my first weekend in Boston (except I didn’t got hit by a foul ball, thank God).
Since then, we have been to Boston every other years. Always with ball games in mind, with never enough time for my ever growing list of things to do, or things to see.
This past weekend was no different. But at least one thing got crossed of my list, Salem!
It was a last minute road trip with our friends Pat and Mel; and it was one of the best! The last few days leading to our trip were discouraging, with a shitty weather forecast, as it was supposed to rain non-stop for the entire weekend, but it didn’t, only a few drops on Saturday. Wouldn’t say gorgeous weather but we had an awesome time nonetheless.
We left very early on Friday morning, maybe too early for some of us, making a first stop for coffee at 6 am and then heading to the border. Vermont is just gorgeous this time of the year, I wanted to stop and take pictures of everything; the mountain, the lakes, the views, everything was just so nice. Then on our second stop, at the New Hampshire Liquor Store, I let out a very LOUD scream out of nowhere, Pat hit the break, Brian told me WTF as he thought we had ran over someone or something, but no, no one was harmed, it was just a scream of excitement as I’ve just spotted the most perfect, gigantic, orangy 1200 lbs pumpkin in a pick-up truck!!! I almost jumped out of the running car! The boys were annoyed by myself a little, but I was just so happy! So I took a few selfies with this beauty, Pat bought a Cinnabon something bottle of something, Mel some bottles of wine and Brian a nice bottle of Scotch that he was so excited to get for ‘half the price’ he would have paid in Canada he said, but in the end, I think my pumpkin was the most exciting thing at that Liquor Store and so worth my screaming. For me it was just the best way to start an October road-trip!
Once we got to Boston, we visited our favorite mall, stores and had a great lunch at Panera. Spent way too much time in a Sports Memorabilia shop with Pat and Bry, at the official New England sports gallery/store; Brian was like a kid looking at everything and showing me all the David Ortiz signed framed he could find, hoping I’d tell him to get one! He got one, and I couldn’t care less, but my only request of the day: FIND ME A TARGET! They did, and they left me there for a while!!! God I miss that store! I love you Target. Then, we made our way to the heart of Boston to eat at one of our favorite restaurant, Maggiano’s. We found that italian-family-style restaurant on our honeymoon in Vegas, and now, every time we’re in the states, we try to find one. We shared many appetizers, including my ultimate favorite one, the Mozzarella Marinara, all that melted cheese, it’s to die for! Great pasta dishes and perfect crème brulée!
On Saturday we visited Salem, which in itself is worthy of its own post! So stay tuned Witches!!!
On Sunday morning we packed all our stuff and headed to a place that is very dear to my husband, Fenway Park… America’s Most Beloved Ballpark and Home of the Boston Red Sox! I’m not a sports fan, but there’s something about this place that melts your heart and makes you want to cheer and scream for the Red Sox.
Brian’s favorite player, David Ortiz, is retiring at the end of the season, and the Red Sox were hosting a weekend long party honoring him. Always at full capacity, Fenway was filled two hours before the first pitch with first timers, families, friends, loyal fan, and Red Sox Nation, ready to give a proper Farewell to their one and only Big Papi. It was an emotional day at Fenway, celebrating one of the best player of our generation and one of the greatest Red Sox of all time (as he told me to say in my Blog). I have to say that the ceremony was very touching, even for me. Grown man crying, then smiling, then crying, aka Brian, people chanting his name, and everybody just having a great time.
So Bry had a few beers, we had sausages and Fenway Franks, pretzels and some crazy pulled pork fries. We sang take me out to the ball game and Sweet Caroline, my favorite one, always watching while we’re singing if we’ll appear on the big screen (it happened once and I have a picture to show it). We were just so happy to be there, for his last game, all of us. Thanks for all the memories Papi!
Then, after they lost, we left the stadium, full and ready for a long long drive back home!
Oh Fenway, we will miss you, but we will be back! Boston you’re my home.