Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving in Boston: At Walden Pond

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Both Bob and I had all of last week off, so we headed to Boston to spend the holiday with his family, something we've never done in our seven years together. It was a jam-packed week of food, friends, family (and lots of incomprehensible Korean), Patriots football (it's SO much more fun to be able to watch the game with fellow fans around you, screaming at the TV in unison), and a lifetime's worth of historical sight seeing at Concord, the Mayflower, Plimoth Plantation, and along the Freedom Trail. What does this mean for a wardrobe that needs to fit into a suitcase? Flat boots or tennies, lots of layers that are remix-friendly, and pieces that I know will look good on me no matter what.

It was hard to whittle down a selection of pictures that succinctly captured each adventure and outfit, but because I do want to share them with you, I thought I'd break up the trip into a few blog posts rather than just one. I will warn you, however, that our first stop, Walden Pond, is one of my favorite places in the world. It was such an unbelievably beautiful afternoon that I got to take my camera out for a real spin, and I therefore have the most to share here. Besides, idyllic nature shots plus golden hour equals a prized blogger location, does it not? ; )

Traipsing along trails and water's edge for an afternoon means tennies for me, which also requires a perfect average-length jean and casual top layers - definitely an ensemble you don't see often on this blog! A puffer vest isn't always the best choice for a large-busted, thick-waisted girl like me, but the added layer was perfect for the day.

Curvy dark bootcut jeans - Gap / Pink Breast Cancer Awareness top - Old Navy /
Gray puffer vest - LOFT / Tennies - Skechers

Ah, railroad shots (of the T mind you - there's something wildly incongruous about that). I tried my best to mimic the best of JoAnn and Kyla, but I don't have the greatest sense of balance when a train might bulldoze me over at any moment and kept falling off. Consider these outtakes. =)

Ah, Concord. When If I ever make 7 figures, I would happily spend the rest of my days in this quaint but deeply historic town. We had meant to also visit Lexington and other important locales in town (Old Manse and Old North Bridge, to name a few), but Walden Pond took up the bulk of the daylight hours and we had no choice but to call it a day and venture downtown Concord instead. Among our stops, the famous Colonial Inn, where we had oysters and Guinness, and the impressive Concord Free Public Library - most of it taken over by its "Local Authors" section! This punderful little antique shop was one of my favorites, though.

Uffda. I know that's a lot! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did - I really love some of the nature shots I got! I'll have 1-2 more Boston posts - including the Mayflower, Plimoth Plantation, and spots along the Freedom Trail - before I return to regularly scheduled blogging. In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful holiday season! Has anyone put up decorations (I have!) or started (gift) shopping yet? Hooray for Cyber Monday, I say!


  1. Walden Pond does look like a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos with us.

  2. Concord! You went to my old home!

    I spent many a day at Walden - some of them skinny dipping, and none of them reading Thoreau as I'm apparently the only naturalist in the world who thinks he's full of rubbish. Ah well, others like him.

    Did you go by Louisa May Alcott's house? That was always one of my favorite places. And no worries about missing Lexington - it's not that great and the people were always really snobby.

    P.S. If you ever go back around Christmas, drive down Virginia Road. There's a house that has the most INSANE light display you can imagine.
    P.P.S. The vest + stripes is tres adorbs.

  3. that's awesome that you're from concord! i truly love that place. we didn't make to to LMA's house, again because we ran out of time. The next time we visit Bob's parents, we'll definitely be giving lexington and concord another go.

  4. thanks so much! i can't believe some of the shots i got - might have a frame some of them!

  5. thanks so much! i can't believe some of the shots i got - i might have to frame some of them! of course, the scenery was so perfect that it was easy to get lucky. =)


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