I had an absolutely marvelous weekend with the RSC in Massachusetts!
Thursday evening I took the 6 o’clock bus to South Station, where I was met by Waddo (Emma) and Stevo (Emily). The Red Shoe Cult was reunited in full for the first time since Christmas 2006. We set off, only needing to turn back once when I realized that in all the excitement I had forgotten my suitcase from under the bus. We had a quick snack with Stevo, and then Waddo and I went back to her cute apartment in Clinton.
Harvard Book Store was my favorite. They had new books upstairs and used books downstairs. I loved the downstairs decor, they covered most available walls with bookmarks and book related cartoons, quotes, and clippings. I also loved Curious George and Friends, which was a wonderful children’s book store. The Coop was great as well, but was secretly a Barnes and Noble. I love Barnes and Noble though, and The Coop has an incredible selection, as my neighbor M—–l pointed out already.
Next we headed into Boston, where, if I were to speculate, I would guess the wind was gusting at about 100 miles per hour.
We went to my favorite bagel place, Bruegger’s Bagels, for lunch. Man, I miss Bruegger’s. There was one across the street from The State News, and it’s tied with Cancun Mexican Grill as the East Lansing establishment I miss most.
We walked around Boston all day, some of the highlights were Quincy Market and the Boston Public Library. We also went to two bookstores, Trident Booksellers & Cafe and Brattle Book Shop. Both were great, but I need to spend much more time in Brattle Book Shop. We didn’t get there until 30 minutes before they closed, and their sidewalk carts were inside in the aisles so it was really hard to browse.
Saturday was fantastic. We drove around all day and visited Walden Pond, Concord, Sleepy Hallow Cemetery, and Salem. In Concord we went to two more fabulous bookstores, The Concord Bookshop and Books With a Past.
I love Walden, and it was very fun to see Walden Pond and the replica of Thoreau’s cabin. The touristy-ness of the area could not dim the absolute beauty of Walden Pond.
I also loved going to Sleepy Hallow Cemetery, where we visited Author’s Ridge: the graves of Hawthorne, Emerson, Alcott, and Thoreau.
I definitely want to go back to Salem for Halloween one of these years. I also need to see more of it, because we had so much fun in Concord that we overstayed our welcome there, and arrived in Salem after everything had closed.
The weekend was full of literary treats and time with my best friends. It’s hard to ask for a better weekend.
If, after waiting for this ungodly amount of photos to load, you have the desire to see more photos from my trip, they can be viewed on my flickr page.
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