4 hour layover in the Beantown before going home

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Boston from the air

I have to thank the AA Advantage Rewards travel for this idea - 2 yrs ago, I *had* to take a flight to Dallas via Boston, I ended up spending 5 hours there and took the last flight home. This proved to be a brilliant idea, so I thought I'd repeat it this year as well.

Boston looked like... Boston. I was a bit late for that fresh Spring charm, as evidenced during the landing, but you could see the New England green. The flight landed on time, but the immigration and the baggage claim took forever. Plus the US immigration folks have come up with this new random baggage check and even though I had the lightest of all luggage. This whole ordeal took about 1 hour.

I had only 3 hours left with the time I got out, purchased my charlie pass and went to Downtown Crossing, and then to Green Park.

Boston from the air
I love Boston Common, always so many people. The weather was pleasant bordering on hot. I walked through the Gardens, onto Beacon Street. From there I stopped by at my favourite Internet centre on Newbury St. to check email, walked back via the gardens to the town again. The gardens weren't as nice as they typically are in early May with tulips and stuff.

I went to Fenuil Hall, grabbed myself some soup and a nice canolli for dessert. Whilst the Cannoli wasn't nearly as good as the ones I had in Italy, it was a good substitute. Now that I know what really good canolli tastes like (sweet ricotto cheese), I guess I'll be getting a bit fussy from now on!  I've always loved the food hall here, so full of life and people. There were streetside performers engaging the audience, all sorts of stuff.

My only sore point with this "trip" to Boston was that it was really short. Shorter than I had set myself up for. I caught the train back to the airport, and from there caught my flight which btw was about 30 mins late! I've always liked sitting in the Boston airport because the windows all face the runways and it's nice to see planes take off.

Reached Dallas that night at 1115pm and I was so so tired. I just couldn't believe what a brilliant trip it had been.

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