Ah, the life of an old retired guy. Lorette had a conference in Boston and needed someone to handle her luggage. So, while she was getting smarter, I got to (mostly) play tourist.
The highlight for me was to reconnect with several guys from my Officer Candidate School (OCS) class at Fort Benning back in 1968. Several classmates have been instrumental in tracking people down and putting together reunions. When Jack McMackin learned that I was going to be in Boston, he organized lunch at a local restaurant with several of the guys who live in the area.
Ron Holmgren, Jack McMackin, Dan Mabesoone, me, and Rocky Stone
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency which is only a few blocks from Boston Common.
The Central Burying Ground was established in 1756
Before Lorette started her course, we had some time to explore so we took the T from our hotel a couple of stops to the North End.
North End architecture
Paul Revere Statue with the Old North Church in the background
Most recently, the North End has been an Italian neighborhood so where did we stop for lunch? A sushi restaurant.
If you have read many of my blog posts, you know there are going to be food photos!
The last time we were in Boston I bought a t-shirt at the Black Rose Pub. The shirt is now ready for the rag bag so I was on a special mission to track down its replacement.
The Black Rose
Just happened to be here the day before St Patrick’s Day
Boston has many fine restaurants and we did our best to sample as many as possible in the short time we were there. We had eaten at Sorellina on a previous trip and I remembered this interesting backlit wall.
A restaurant photo with no food in sight
I’m pretty sure we had oysters every day. So rather that post a picture of them all, here we are at Townsman with a pretty unique sampling of about everything that comes from the sea.
The only negative of the trip was that on Day 1 of her conference, Lorette developed symptoms of a detached retina. After consulting with the experts back home and deciding that this was something that needed immediate attention, we discovered that the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital was a ten minute Uber ride from our hotel. Lucky to have an Emergency Room specializing in eyes so close! So, ER visit, laser surgery, and back to the hotel, all in one morning.
Just making sure it’s the LEFT eye!
Assistant Surgeon at the ready
One of the things on my bucket list was a visit to the USS Constitution. The museum was interesting but, unfortunately, the ship is undergoing a multi-year restoration.
The USS Constitution as she normally looks
The USS Constitution as she looked when I visited
While Lorette was in her conference, I had the opportunity to take a food tour of the North End. (Remember that was the Italian neighborhood where we ate sushi earlier.) Lots of little bites here and there as well as some history and architectural highlights.
This Italian deli smelled wonderful
A help-yourself tub of octopus
There is more than one kind of Prosciutto
A cannoli helps restore calories lost from all that walking
Polcari’s Coffee was started in 1932
And what would Italian food be without wine?
And how much are you willing to spend?
After the tour I decided to swing back to one of the restaurants we had passed for a little lunch.
Trattoria Di Monica
House made pasta with scallops
The weather was fine the entire week we were in Boston. However, as we flew out, the forecast for the next day was for six inches of snow. Nice timing!
And because I put a link to my blog posts on Facebook, and whereas Facebook does not let me choose a photo as the ‘key’ photo, and whereas Facebook seems to always put the last photo in the post as the ‘key’ photo, and whereas I want control over that decision, I now therefore designate the following photo as my choice for the ‘key’ photo.
Ron Holmgren, Jack McMackin, Dan Mabesoone, and Rocky Stone