Boston: fresh fruit & free parking

FREE PARKING! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love anything free. This weekend we went into the city for the day. It was quite nice to experience Boston on a warm day because the previous times we went it was rainy and cold.

We were headed out that way because Alex had an English test to take to prove he can, you know, speak English and such, and I tagged along for the ride and I figured why not find a nice coffee shop and get some work done.

For those of you interested in free parking. I will start out by saying, we haven’t gotten a ticket parking here and if you abide by the signs you won’t have a problem either. I always get nervous parking in big cities because there has been times I thought it was fine to park and then came back to a pretty hefty ticket on my front window. So this is your “at your own risk” warning.  

One thing about Alex and I is when we go anywhere we will walk a mile if it means saving a buck, and in Boston you will be saving quite a few bucks. Now, this only works on Saturdays and Sundays, but if you cross out of downtown Boston and enter Charlestown you can street park for no charge. However, if you don’t get there before or around 9:00 AM it’s quite difficult to find a parking spot. We like to make the extra small drive up to Bunker Hill because the walk down the streets and out of Charlestown are beautiful.

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After dropping Alex off I parked the car and enjoyed my packed breakfast on a bench in front of the Bunker Hill Monument. Anyone wanting to enjoy this place with some peace and quiet should come earlier in the morning. I think I saw two people in the 45 minutes I sat up there. Then I walked the approximate mile into downtown to find my coffee shop and work.

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Soon enough Alex was finished with his testing and we went and sat in the Boston Common drinking up the sun. The beautiful thing about this place is the view of all the high-rise buildings surrounded by old historic brick buildings, and in spring all the  blooming flowers. As the sun started to go down and the cold New England breeze took over we headed to the Haymarket.

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The Haymarket is an outdoor fruit and veggie market that has been around since 1820. It is our favorite thing to do in Boston because you can get loads of fresh produce for cheap Cheap CHEAP. It’s on the North End of Boston near Faneuil Hall so if you are planning on walking around for the day or doing the Freedom Trail, park and Bunker Hill, do the trail starting from there, and at the end come here and shop. The later in the day you go the better the deals become.

Oh, and make sure you walk around a little bit before you purchase, some of the prices change drastically from merchant to merchant. To throw out some prices: 2 lbs of roma tomatoes $2, 7 packages of blackberries for $5, 4 (1lbs) strawberries for $5, and a whole honeydew for $1, 7 red bell peppers for $2, a whole HUGE green cabbage for $1.

At the end of a long day we headed back to our car, arms filled with sacks of fresh produce and proceeded to feast on strawberries the entire car ride home.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Boston?