First day in Boston
10/04/2016 - 10/05/2016 60 °F
We're glad to have all of you along for the ride for our trip. We took off yesterday after work and had a 7:50pm flight out of Columbus. Here's our plane!
We landed and went to the rental car place to pick up the car we had reserved. I signed up to be a part of the preferred customer club so we could skip the counter. We got our car, a Nissan Sentra, and headed out of he parking garage. The attendant checked to be sure that we had a full tank of gas, we asked him for an EZ Pass for the toll roads, he handed us our receipt, and he sent us on our way. No sooner than we pulled away, I checked the receipt and noticed a $566 charge for damage waiver that we didn't want or need, as we purchased a different, cheaper, rental car insurance. The damage waiver was supposed to be optional at the counter, but we were not asked about whether or not we wanted it. I called the number, but of course, everything was closed because it was about 11pm by this time. So far, we weren't having the best start. We arrived at our airbnb and settled in for the night.
This morning, I wanted to attend a "Luke's Diner" event that was happening at a coffee shop about 4 miles from our place. For more info about what that is, check out this link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/10/03/gilmore-girls-lukes-diner-netflix/91500206/. The GPS said it would take about 20 minutes to get there. Unfortunately, it was about 8am when we started out, and we must have hit about 10 school zones and terrible rush hour traffic. When we got to the coffee shop an HOUR later, the line out the door had to have at least 500 people in it. I sadly opted not to partake in the line, as I don't even drink coffee, and we had to be at our Boston Duck Tour at 10:30 for our reservation. By this point, I was upset about the $566 issue as well as wasting the morning. There was also a possibility that we may not make it to the Duck Tour starting point on time using public transit, and it was non refundable. On the car ride back, I called the car rental company to demand a refund. They told me we had to appear at the counter where we picked up the car in order to alter our contract. By this time, I was fuming! We had to go back to the airport car rental place!?
We made it to the Duck Tour in time, thankfully, and our day started turning around. Meet our Duck! It is an amphibious Army vehicle that can drive on the road, and go into the water like a boat. During the tour, they drove us around the city and told us about history and buildings we were passing by, and then we splashed into the Charles River for awhile. Enjoy some views from our tour!
State capital building
Old State House
Reflective building showing our Duck and the cool church behind us.
After our Duck Tour, we took off on foot to explore the city. We stopped at a coffee shop, and got there just in time, as the line got super long. I also noticed a ton of people carrying their musical instruments in carrying cases. We also saw several of those starting yesterday with the plane flight. This must be a very musical bunch of peeps!
We thought it was time to find lunch, so we headed to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where there were several food stalls, and some gift shops to browse. We got some Boston brick oven pizza, and went to sit in the common area of the marketplace. Part way through our pizza, we started hearing brass instruments. A Junior High or High School band started playing flash mob style, right there in the marketplace! It was a pretty cool thing to experience!
We noticed we were close to the public transit stop that could get us back to the airport so we could sort out the damage waiver madness. When we got there, the representative was very helpful, and he confirmed that the damage waiver was optional and that we should have been asked if we wanted it. He took it off and made us a couple of very happy and relieved people! Whew!
We got back into the city and headed to a food truck we saw on the Food Network prior to our trip called the Cookie Monstah. Jeremy got a salted caramel cookie and I got chocolate chunk. I have to admit that his was better.
It turns out that we were close to Chinatown, and of course, Jeremy had a coffee shop picked out there! We saw this awesomely painted car outside the coffee shop!
We headed back to little Italy after we were finished checking out Chinatown. On our way there, Jere,y decided to play a street piano...
Then, as we were heading towards Boston Harbor, I noticed that the sunset was really cool so I headed closer to the water to take pictures. I heard some guy yelling to get out of the way, but he was behind me and It didn't really register that he was yelling at me. I looked to my left and noticed something was going on with a really long armed camera and a crowd of people. There was a blond woman that the camera was facing, and I thought maybe I had jumped into the background of their photo session. As we walked closer, we noticed there was a giant cue card that VANNA WHITE was reading from!!!! As soon as we got close enough to hear her voice, we heard "That's a wrap!" and Vanna went into the mob of people and put on her coat. I already had my camera out on the sunset filter, and tried snapping a picture, but it was super blurry. Then, I found Pat Sajak! Again, I tried taking a picture, but failed pretty hard. I snapped another one of the two of them walking away, but still terrible. Then they got away. : (. Anyway, enjoy these blurry pictures of the Wheel of Fortune stars as well as the beautiful harbor sunset that may land me in the background of a Wheel of Fortune intro for whenever they have their Boston week!
After that excitement, we walked around the North End, also known as Little Italy. We saw the Old North Church and Paul Revere's house. There were lots of nice restaurants and old buildings with beautiful architecture and we enjoyed our walk very much.
To wrap up the day, we took a long walk to No Name restaurant, which is on the Fishing Pier. At this restaurant, they sit you with other guests, so we ended up dining with strangers, which was interesting! We walked A LOT. I beat my own previous record on Fitbit, which was previously 30,000 steps in a day earned last year in Amsterdam. Today, I crushed that record with 36,000 steps! That's close to 15 miles of walking.
That's all for today...I need to get to bed for tomorrow's adventures. No time for proof reading. Jeremy has already passed out! Night!