As much as we enjoyed the historical sites we visited in Boston, we also enjoyed some other aspects of our trip.
On Wednesday, we went to the New England Aquarium and then went on a whale watching cruise. We arrived at the aquarium just as it was opening and got to watch the feeding of the penguins. They also had fur seals and sea lions as well as a variety of other exhibits. It wasn’t a large place but it was interesting and I got some good pictures.
The whale watching cruise was pretty neat. We went about 90 minutes away from Boston, out to a plateau where the whales like to feed. I wish we had gone up to the deck a little bit earlier to get a better spot, as it was kind of hard to see for a lot of the time. Later on, some people moved around and we were able to get to the front, although a lot of the activity was still off to one side of the boat so we didn’t see as much as we would have liked. We did have several sightings of a mom and her calf as they surfaced several times. I’m sharing the best picture we got; it’s just of a tail unfortunately.
On Thursday afternoon, we went to a chocolate factory in Somerville, the town where we were staying. It was called Taza Chocolate, and they produce stone ground chocolate. They have a tour which includes a video and a peek into the factory where they make the chocolate, as well as all the samples you could want. Their original product is a Mexican style chocolate disc which has a somewhat gritty texture due to the way the sugar is ground, but they also make chocolate bars which are ground more finely and are closer to what we are used to. We enjoyed visiting the factory and sampling the various chocolates.
The other fun part of our trip was the food. We went to two pubs, as well as a seafood restaurant and an Italian restaurant. I had seafood at one of the the pubs and a burger at the other; both were good. The seafood restaurant had good fish but the lobster topping was very chewy – either it was badly prepared or I just don’t like lobster, I’m not sure which! The Italian restaurant was my favorite; it was also in Somerville and was called Vinny’s. Perhaps I was just really hungry after walking around in the rain all morning, but I quite enjoyed my pasta and meatball, and they had excellent bread.
All in all, our trip to Boston was a really good one and I’m glad we went there. I’m looking forward to our next adventure, wherever that will be!