We woke to find it overcast and raining. After H and I had breakfast I decided to drop off the car early as the parking costs $51 per day and the airport is close by so it made sense to rather get rid of the car and take Ubers to the airport. The airport is only 10 minutes from where we are staying (it is one of those cities where the airport is very close to the city centre). M came with me to fill up the car and then drop it off.
After we got back to the hotel we walked to one of the stops on the Old Town Trolley tour. We couldn’t find the first stop we were aiming for and so went to the second which we knew we would be able to find because it was the Cheers bar (where everyone knows your name). The trolley arrived shortly after we got there and we jumped on and took it until we got to Boston harbor (which is where it starts) and there we jumped off to walk around a little and get some lunch (which we did at Panera again). S got his clam chowder in a bread bowl (one of things he wanted to do before he left).
After lunch we got back on the trolley again. Boston feels like quite a strange city to me as it seems that everything is all over the place. I had hoped the trolley tour would give me a better sense of the city but all it did was confirm everything is a bit all over the place! H, C and I finished the tour and got off and went back to the hotel for the balance of the afternoon. I had woken up at 4am so an afternoon nap seemed mandatory. The other 4 stayed on the trolley until a few more stops which was near the shopping district as they wanted to do some final shopping. They all returned at different times to the hotel – S was first followed by K and then M&O came last (they caught an Uber as it was raining quite hard when they returned).
We went for our last supper together at Tip Tap Room. The restaurant was fuller than the previous night (I guess it was because it was Friday night) but we still managed to get a table. The service was much slower though and the food didn’t seem to be as good as the previous day (maybe again the number of people in the restaurant). After dinner we walked up Charles Street. It is a very quaint street near the hotel with antique shops, restaurants etc – most with signs with pictures of what the sell. It was done like that to help those who couldn’t read (which shows you that it is one of the older parts of Boston). We went to go get ice creams from JP Licks. Everyone except M (who has been very disciplined about his eating on holiday) had an ice cream and then we headed back to the hotel.
It was S, M, O & K’s last day in the US as they start to fly back this AM. In fact as I type this they are more than half their way through the flight back to London and should land in just over 2 hours time.
Until tomorrow …
P, M (for coming with me to drop off the car), H, S, C, O & K