Monthly Archives: December 2011

Boston: Bean Town

Just got back from a lovely weekend in Boston, and have to say that it was much better the second time around than the first time I visited.

Needless to say, Boston is s major Sports town. They live, eat and breathe sports. And why shouldn’t they? They are home to Super Bowl champions New England Patriots; NBA champs the Boston Celtics; Major League champs Boston Red Sox; and most recently the Stanley Cup champions, Boston Bruins.  So first thing I would recommend for your agenda if you plan on travelling to Boston is take in a game or two.

Last time I was here, I did a tour of Fenway and took in a football game. This time, I did a hockey game and football game. Whether you’re into sports or not, you wouldn’t want to miss out on an experience like this. There is a great energy in these sporting events – especially if you’re in a city that’s used to seeing their team win!

There is so much more to do in Boston, although sporting events would and should be a highlight. Some other things to do include:

· Newbury Street – ok, so if you don’t like sporting events, why not shop? This street has everything from H&M to Gucci.

·  Summer Shack – like seafood? This sports bar style restaurant located in the Back Bay area has unbelievable food! Order the lobster bisque, fra Diablo mussels and the pan-seared lobster…I’m sure everything else on the menu is just as great!

·  Hotel Marlowe – a pet-friendly hotel connected to the Cambridge Galleria Shopping Mall, in walking distance of PF Changs and the Cheesecake Factory, and serves free wine in the lobby? Do I really need to convince you to stay here?

Feeding the squirrels·   Boston Common – The “Central Park” of Boston. A lot smaller, but also a lot more quaint.  It’s right off of Newbury and close to Copley Square.  So peaceful in the heart of the city.

· Quincy Market – A small cobblestone area that has a balance of shopping, restaurants and markets. Definitely worth a visit.

·   Back Bay – If you like old antique shops and brownstones, walk on St. James and through the Back Bay area. It really does capture some of the city’s most beautiful residential areas.

Boston is small city, but a lot to do.  It’s filled with some great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Everything is within reasonable walking distances. Go any time of year and enjoy yourself!

Until next time….

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Boston, here I come!

On my way to Boston this weekend….talk to you soon!

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Aruba: Bon Bini

“Bon Bini” really sums up the island of Aruba. From the moment you step foot onto this wonderful little island, you feel the warm spirit of the island.

Finishing my Yard!I have visited this island twice, and I’m sure I will return at some point again…in fact it would be a shame if I didn’t. My first experience in Aruba, was a short one. It was part of a cruise stop, and I was really forced to explore this island in fast forward. The second time, I stayed for a week, and I really took the time to explore this beautiful island.

For anyone who is used to the typical all-inclusive holiday, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Aruba.  The pro’s are there is so much to do in comparison to other Caribbean islands.  There is a variety of restaurants, casinos, night life, beautiful white sandy beach, and plenty of activities.  The con’s, there are limited amounts of “all-inclusive” hotels, so if you’re looking for a cheap vacation, then I would warn you to stay away from Aruba.

So what’s there to do? Tons!

  • Shopping: Take a bus (yes, it’s safe!) into downtown. For a little island, there is actually a lot you can buy. Jewelry is less expensive, there are clothing stores and a row of stands and kiosks that sell souvenirs and keepsakes.
  • Senor Frogs: You want nightlife, well where else can you drink a yard, and be part of a conga line where you get shots of free tequila poured down your throat? Tons of fun!
  • ATV: if nothing else, go ATVing through the island. It’s a quick and fun way to explore all that this island has to offer. You go through the beaches, the mountains and if you’re tour guide lets you, ask him to take you to the Springs! It’s unbelievable after a long day in the sun!
  • Hotel: I’ve heard great reviews about a lot of hotels. From experience, I’m recommend the Hyatt. It’s beautiful, has a onsite casino, is right on the strip and backs on to a wonderful beach. Did I mention there’s a waterslide? You really can’t expect much more from any hotel!
  • Restaurants: Half the fun of not staying at an all inclusive, is you’re forced to leave your resort. The Hyatt has a number of restaurants on premise, but don’t limit yourself. Go to Texas de Brazil or El Gaucho…trust me, you will not regret it!
  • Water: Besides miles of white sandy beaches, rent a seadoo or get a bunch of friends and do the banana boat! It’s a great way to keep active, and still tan!

I’ve been to a number of islands, but have to say that Aruba is one of my favourites. If you ever feel the need to take a week for some fun in the sun, I would not hesitate to recommend this wonderful island.

Happy travels!

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