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Beautiful Boston

Sadly, much of my time in Boston was spent in conference paper sessions. But my presentation went great, I got to listen to a lot of interesting and new scholarship, and I made essential career connections. What little free-time Jess (my conference partner) and I did have was mainly during meal time, so we took a lot of your suggestions and ate our way through Boston.

I did get to sightsee a bit when I arrived Wednesday morning. I walked from Copley Square up Boylston street to the park and Commons. I then hit up a bit of the Freedom Trail (don’t worry I did the entire thing when I was younger) before grabbing some coffee and meeting Jess at our hotel. We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling Charles Street (I fell in love with this dress) and sampling pastries at Tatte. That evening we went to this adorable speakeasy near our hotel called Wink & Nod. It was very hipster-chic and the crispy brussels sprouts were delicious.

Thursday morning I was invited to attend a tour of Boston College’s amazing Jesuit library and manuscript collection. I got a little up close and personal time with some incredible documents. Not to mention the campus is gorgeous! Before I left for my tour, however, Jess and I checked out Flour Bakery and Cafe, which is definitely a must. The french toast and egg breakfast sandwich are beyond tasty!

Both Wednesday and Thursday were warm with blue skies, but the wind on Thursday was ridiculous. If you saw my snaps, then you understand. We attempted to talk some outfit photos, but it took about a million frames to get these six decent photos. Thursday evening we returned to Flour and grabbed some sandwiches to go. After a long day we were ready to relax in our jammies in the hotel (#sorrynotsorry).

Friday morning was my paper presentation (at 8:30 am no less). Needless to say it was another long day of conferencing. We did manage to find some time to stop by Kate Spade and peak at their adorable new arrivals (I need this adorable coin purse!). We also headed out to the North End for dinner that evening. I am very tough to please when it comes to Italian food, but I will say they had a great selections of wine.

Saturday was the last day of the conference and the closing reception (hello free wine and food). On our to the conference, we checked out Blackbird Artisanal Doughnuts. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and we stuffed ourselves with the strawberry honey, slated toffee, and cookies and cream.

After catching up with friends and colleagues from Florence Saturday night, Sunday morning we made one last stop before heading to the airport… for brunch of course! We had an incredible brunch at Back Bay Harry’s. They had these fresh cinnamon and sugar donuts with marscapone dipping sauce that was out of this world.

After lots of flight delays (thanks Boston for the freak snow storm), I finally made it home late Sunday night. It was a great trip and it was so nice to have Jess there with me.

PS – I am bummed I didn’t make it to the Isabella Gardner Museum, but now I have a reason to go back!