This weekend we went into the city for the day. It was quite nice to experience Boston on a warm day. Often times New England can be rainy and cold and Boston is no exception.
We were headed into the city so Alex could take an English proficiency exam to prove he is fluent enough to work in The States. I tagged along for the ride and figured I could spend some time working in a coffee shop.
I will start out by saying we haven’t gotten a ticket parking here. That’s not to say signs can’t change so check them, and park at your own risk .
One thing about Alex and I is when we go anywhere we will walk a mile if it means saving a buck. Boston is expensive so you will be saving quite a few bucks.
Now, this only works on Saturdays and Sundays. Go to Charlestown just north of downtown Boston and you will find free street parking. Try to get there before 9:00 AM as it’s quite difficult to find a parking spot. If you make the extra minute drive up to Bunker Hill there are usually more parking spots. The walk from Bunker Hill into downtown is also quite beautiful.
After dropping Alex off I parked the car and enjoyed my packed breakfast on a bench in front of the Bunker Hill Monument. Anyone wanting to enjoy this place with some peace and quiet should come earlier in the morning. I think I saw two people in the 45 minutes I sat up there. Then I walked the approximate mile into downtown to find my coffee shop and work.
Soon enough Alex was finished with his testing and we went and sat in the Boston Common drinking up the sun. The beautiful thing about this place is the view of all the high-rise buildings surrounded by old historic brick buildings, and in spring all the blooming flowers. As the sun started to go down and the cold New England breeze took over we headed to the Haymarket.
The Haymarket is an outdoor fruit and veggie market that has been around since 1820. It is our favorite thing to do in Boston because you can get loads of fresh produce for cheap Cheap CHEAP. It’s on the North End of Boston near Faneuil Hall so if you are planning on walking around for the day or doing the Freedom Trail, park and Bunker Hill, do the trail starting from there, and at the end come here and shop. The later in the day you go the better the deals become.
Oh, and make sure you walk around a little bit before you purchase, some of the prices change drastically from merchant to merchant. To throw out some prices: 2 lbs of roma tomatoes $2, 7 packages of blackberries for $5, 4 (1lbs) strawberries for $5, and a whole honeydew for $1, 7 red bell peppers for $2, a whole HUGE green cabbage for $1.
At the end of a long day we headed back to our car, arms filled with sacks of fresh produce and proceeded to feast on strawberries the entire car ride home.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Boston?