Hi loves! The weekend is upon us and it's time to have some fun! I just wanted to recap my recent trip to Boston, Massachusetts last month. I totally went on a whim once I found out that the US Men's National Soccer team was playing against the Brazilian Men's National team. It's kind of become a regular thing for me now though--buying game tickets and hopping on flights to go watch soccer matches. Even though my main priority was the game, I did take a bit of time to check out the downtown Boston area.
I hopped a flight mid-day this past Labor Day and was on my way to Boston! Little did I know, Boston would end up having it's hottest day of the year so far while I was in town. I'm just starting to wonder if I'm the one who's bringing the heat? (I'm currently in Altadena, CA and it's 97 degrees!)
I stayed at the Courtyard Boston Foxborough/Mansfield during my trip. It was a little pricey, but I really enjoyed my stay. I got the king size bed and loved every bit of it! I had about 4 large pillows on my bed and created a little bumper around my self. Think rolling over from side to side and having soft fluffiness hit you in the face. Pure bliss! It's in a quiet area and close enough to the Mansfield commuter rail station. It's about 30+ minutes south of Boston, so if you want to stay somewhere closer to the action, stay in the city. After a pricey Uber ride, I had to resort to public transportation to get to and from the city.
I'd never ridden on public transportation before, but the people in the city were so nice. They helped me figure out which train to get on and where to get off. Plus, my train ticket was less than $10! That beats my $60+ Uber ride from the night before, hands down!!! By the way, if you've never ridden a train before, try it. It's really cool. Most public transportation services have online and mobile resources for you to check out when planning your trip.
I got off the commuter train at the Back Bay stop and was in the heart of downtown Boston. My first stop was Shake Shack on Newbury Street for lunch. I know it's a popular spot, especially on the east coast, but I wasn't that fond of it. And in my opinion, it was crazy expensive. $15 for a burger, fries, and shake? Never again.
After lunch, I roamed Newbury Street for at least an hour. Brownstones, store fronts, and luxury shops lined the entire street! Everything from H&M to Cartier. I grabbed a long sleeve striped dress from H&M and plan on wearing it frequently this fall! Here's a similar one here, here and here.
No sooner did I step out of H&M did I turn the corner and stumble into Nordstrom Rack! I've always only shopped Nordstrom Rack online, so it was fun to visit a brick & mortar shop. I picked up two pairs of shoes, each less than $60. You can find the heels here and the booties here. *I purchased the booties for less while in store.
There are quite a few historical churches in the downtown Boston area. It was nice to see how well preserved they are. Plus, they're still in use!
Seeing the mix of historic and modern buildings while in a new city is always eye catching.
One of my top highlights from the trip was my visit to the Boston Public Library. The library is in pristine condition and had so many unique touches to it. Detailed ceiling art, classic furniture, and stand out pieces make it a top spot to visit while in Boston.
After hanging out in the city for most of the day, I hopped the train back to Foxborough/Mansfield to get dressed for the game. Like I mentioned earlier, it was the hottest day so far in the area, so I was sweating bullets at the start of and throughout most of the game.
Here's US Men's National team goalie Tim Howard warming up before the match. This man can save just about anything.
U.S. vs. Brazil
I almost sweated through my cotton/linen shirt and denim shorts. (The humidity was crazy high)
My denim shorts are from Target, my top is from TJ Maxx (old), and my shoes are from Old Navy (sold out).
I've always heard the odd phrase about how the English invented soccer (football/futbol) but the Brazilians have perfected it. The 5-time World Cup champions did not disappoint. Although I was rooting for my beloved USA, I couldn't help but get excited when Neymar Jr., Rafinha, and David Luiz took to the pitch. David Luiz and Rafinha are two of my favorite players and Neymar is so gifted. I had to applaud the man for scoring immediately after he was subbed in.
The match was held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. It's very clean and incorporated amongst eateries and shops in what's known as Patriot Place. Check it out if you get the chance.
Even though my team wasn't victorious, I still thoroughly enjoyed my time in the historic city. Before jetting off, I had to grab obligatory coffee (tea for me since I don't drink coffee) and donuts from Dunkin Donuts as a quick airport breakfast before heading back down south.
Be sure to visit the blog next week as I chronicle my time in Southern California! :)
Have a fun & safe weekend!
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