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As previously mentioned, my husband and I spent the weekend eating our way through New York City – or through parts of Manhattan and Queens, at least. And while I savored every bite of every meal we ate, there were many other highlights from J’s first (my third) trip to the city.

While waiting to meet Allison on Saturday afternoon, J and I crowded into FAO Schwarz and exclaimed over Quidditch supplies, stacks of books, stuffed animals galore and a wall of board games. And then we watched two professional piano dancers perform four songs on the giant piano – just like in Big! (They ended with – I kid you not – Bach’s Toccata and Fugue. So. Impressive.)

I also met an old friend in the Lego section:

The Met is always a highlight – but I really loved watching J’s jaw drop in amazement at some of the things I’d seen before and wanted to show him. (I love playing tour guide.) He particularly enjoyed seeing the knights:

We hit some of the tourist hot spots I’d never seen before – the Plaza, Rockefeller Center (that skating rink is smaller than it looks in the movies!) and Macy’s on 34th. And, of course, the Lego store, complete with gigantic dragon:

He’s all made of Legos, and he’s “guarding” a Lego replica of Rockefeller Center (with a tiny replica of himself sticking out of one building). So cool.

On Monday before leaving, we went back to the Strand, where I managed to buy only three books, including a much-loved vintage edition of E.B. White’s wonderful essay Here is New York:

The other main highlight of the weekend was spending time with this girl:

Allison is a regular reader of this blog, and we’ve been corresponding by email for a while – and she did not bat an eyelash when I invited myself to her apartment for a long weekend in September, nor when I promised her I was coming back and bringing my husband. (What a brave soul!)

She gave us her room for the weekend, bought us real New York bagels for breakfast, traipsed around the city with us in below-freezing weather, and said all sorts of nice things about my wedding pictures (she’s newly engaged, so I brought my album along and we talked dresses and flowers for a while). I love it when online friendships transmute so perfectly into real-life friendships – and this one certainly has. It was such a treat to spend the weekend with her (and Allison, if you’re reading, please come up to Boston soon!).

Any suggestions for my next trip to NYC? You can bet we’ll be going back (when it warms up)!

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended my first networking event – a meeting of the Boston Women Communicators group, which is exactly what it sounds like. We enjoyed a lovely dinner at the College Club (doesn’t that sound elegant?), with tea and cookies afterward and a guest speaker, Judith Nies, whose fascinating memoir The Girl I Left Behind was just published.

While there, I met Annmarie, a fellow job-seeker who is also a born-and-raised Bostonian. She offered to take any of us Boston newbies (there were several) on a personal tour, so last week I took her up on it. And boy, did we have a great day.

We met at the Prudential Center, whose 50th-floor Skywalk affords 360-degree views of Boston:

(This is the northern view; that mass of trees and green is my beloved Boston Common.)

(This is the eastern view, across the South End to Boston Harbor.)

After gawking at the views (truly stunning), we headed down to the South End in search of some mid-morning refreshment. We discovered Francesca’s on Tremont Street, which had twinkle lights, a laid-back atmosphere and delicious blueberry scones. My kind of place!

(View out the window…I love the little stencils, and we just sat and talked and watched the world go by.)

We then hopped a cab to the Institute of Contemporary Art, which is a little overpriced since only one of its four floors showcases any art. (We did not know this before paying.) However, the art we saw was appropriately cool and funky, and the gift shop was full of quirky things. We then took the Harbor Walk all the way around to Christopher Columbus Park, and headed into the North End (Boston’s Little Italy) in search of lunch.

Following the delicious smells coming from L’Osteria, on Salem Street, we headed in and ordered lunch (noting the group of older Italian men and women eating in the corner. Locals=a good sign). Annmarie had the mussels and I had some delectable manicotti – and they brought us FREE almond-flavored tiramisu with the check! Definitely a place to go back to with my Italian-food-lovin’ husband.

I hadn’t been to Charlestown yet, so we headed through the North End and across the bridge, and toured the top deck of the U.S.S. Constitution:

This is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat – and it’s seriously cool. (Annmarie and I didn’t take the full tour that day, but I went back with J on Saturday and we heard all about the ship from a tour guide and fellow Texan. It was fascinating – and FREE, which made it even better.)

Our day ended with a stroll into Charlestown proper (where my friends Mike and Lisa lived during their time in Boston), and we rested our tired feet at the base of the Bunker Hill monument:

Truly a fantastic day – yummy food, fun Boston spots I hadn’t seen before, and a lovely new friend. (If any of you come up to Boston, dear readers, I’ll be glad to give you my personal tour!)

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