I love when people stay with me. I love being a hostess. I love having a partner in crime. And I love a reason to be a tourist. Colleen arrive precisely at 7:30 on Friday night. I had gotten home at 6 from work (late day) before rushing to do my laundry and clean the apartment. I got in the car with Colleen to help my country friend find a parking spot in the city. It wasn't pretty. 45 minutes later we found an open meter and called it quits for the night. I had made a stir fry since Colleen said she likes that meal (vegetarian for my vegetarian friend) and we were both starving. I enjoyed a Vermont beer that my deer friend brought for me!
The next morning I made us waffles bright and early. I can't workout on an empty stomach and we had plans to go to body combat! I had never been before and it was so much fun. I love having a workout buddy too. The instructor was sick so they played the video on a big projector and it was actually really fun. I'm so freaking sore today. But in the best way.
We showered and got ready for the afternoon. I made avocado egg toast while trying to figure out our plans.
We decided to go to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and I am so glad we did. It was chilly so it was a good day to be inside but the museum was also spectacular. This woman had a passion for books and Mary Queen of Scots...we would have gotten along so well.
The palace she build for her artwork is incredible. She was able to collect this artwork from the 1.6 million dollars her father left her when he died. Unfortunately in 1990 two men disguised as police officers stole some of her works, including the very first piece she purchased. I find that to be heartbreaking. And because she made people promise they wouldn't change anything about the palace the empty frames still hang. Each room is incredible in its own way. There was one piece which looked like a flamenco dancer with tiles of Sevilla in the room! I felt so at home. And the courtyard is breathtaking.
Next we went to the Boston Public Library. Turns out they were having a book sale! I got two books for $4! How amazing. We love our books.
After that I took Colleen to a free wine tasting at Urban Grape in the South End. I've been wanting to try this place out and I definitely want to go back. I love how they organize wine by body instead of region.
By then we needed a snack and a place to sit. Colleen suggested a cheese plate so I knew exactly where to go. Barcelona. Because I love it there. We ordered some wine (red for me and white for Colleen) and a three cheese board - one goat, one sheep, and one cow. With extra bread, please.
Then we met one of Colleen's friends at the South End Buttery for dinner. It was so quaint, I'm so glad we went there. It's a neighborhood cafe by day and restaurant by night. We sat at the bar and the bartender helped me choose a delicious jammy red wine (a Zinfandel Syrah blend) and I went with a kale, Brussels sprouts salad with chicken since I was still full from the cheese plate.
Then we uber-ed to Fenway to go to Cheeky Monkey to meet some more of Colleen's friends. I swear she has more friends in Boston than I do ha! Cheeky Monkey was a brewery bar but it was gigantic! It had like eight pool tables, ping pong and shuffleboard in the back. We sat there and watched people play pool. I fit in so well with my turtleneck sweater and bag of books...but I'm a Vermonter. I sipped on their blueberry beer which had blueberries in it!
I could not stay awake. I was exhausted by midnight. Actually I was exhausted by 9pm. But it was a fun night!
The next morning Colleen and I had our final hurrah, complete with a new bagel place and more books. We went to Kupel's bakery which may be my new favorite bagel. they don't do egg sandwiches but I tried honey walnut cream cheese and ham and it blew my mind. Especially on a whole wheat bagel. Yum!
After we walked to Brookline Booksmith because I knew Colleen would love it. They have a few bargain tables and I found a cookbook and a World War II historical fiction novel. This girl was happy.
Then Colleen wanted to see the JFK memorial so we walked down the prettiest street.
Now Colleen is driving back to Vermont and I'm lying here grateful for friends who drive hours to visit and adventures that leave you feeling full and happy. It may have been expensive and full of wine/beer/food but those weekends are the best weekends and it's not everyday your friends come visit.
Thank you, Colleen for a truly great weekend.