“Getting Here” by David
Day 1 was a travel day but we still found some moments to enjoy. The excitement of the vacation to come was enough to buoy us through airport frustrations and Boston traffic. Up at 4:15am to make our flight from DFW, we encountered clueless drivers and long security lines but got to Boston efficiently. As we rumbled down the street in the standing room-only bus to the rental car center (whose walls were covered with posters telling us why a standing room-only bus to the rental center was a great idea: “…saves enough power for 100 homes!”), I told Grace, “this is the romantic part.”
We drove immediately into downtown Boston, although we learned that Google Maps loses connection in the tunnels and often imparts exit information too late after emerging. But soon enough we were at Faneuil Hall to have lunch at Durgin-Park, which specializes in New England favorites. We ate here during our first trip to Boston and it held good memories, especially because we got a free meal the first time due a kitchen fire. No fire this time, and I enjoyed the Yankee pot roast and Grace had an excellent Reuben sandwich. We then walked around a bit, past the Bell In Hand pub (set. 1795) and a bustling farmers market in the Haymarket area. After paying $42 parking to enjoy our $40 meal, we were on our way north to the night’s hotel in Peabody. It was close to rush hour and the drive was no fun.