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So what are the odds that my only friend who lives in Boston would decide to have her wedding festivities the same week that a supposed terrorist was on the lose in Boston?!

My husband and I flew to Boston on Tuesday April 16, the day after the Boston Marathon bombings. We had mixed emotions about cancelling the trip but we knew our friend would be devastated if we didn't make it, and after a phone call to the hotel, we were reassured that the city was safe. We stayed at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston Commons which is a Kimpton Hotel, and I must add, if you have never stayed at a Kimpton, you dont know what you are missing. Great decor. Clean and classy. A wine hour from 5-6 (which we missed every evening because we were out sight seeing), a $10 credit to the mini bar, the best water pressure in any shower I have ever taken at a hotel, and very helpful staff.

Overall we found Boston to be a very friendly city! Four times we were standing on the street holding out map and someone approached us, independently offering their help. Even with the Boston marathon bombing, the man hunt, and the eventual city wide lock down on Friday, the streets actually felt very safe due to the number of police on every corner, who were also all very friendly and helpful.

We spent most of our trip on foot, simply sight seeing. Will loves to look up at the architecture of the old buildings and go inside and explore old churches. Our hotel was located on the Freedom Trail, which we were able to complete the entire walking distance in less than 1.5 days. We did not go inside the Paul Revere House but we did do the 294 stair climb to the top of Bunker Hill which has great views of Boston. Probably even better than the top of the Prudential Tower (and cheaper). After a stroll through the public gardens, which was lovely, we walked down Newbury Street, which we found to be very similar to the King Street shopping that we have here in Charleston, SC, so we felt we didn't need to spend much time there.

Regarding food, the Union Oyster House is very touristy, but we were tourists so we gave it a whirl and it was quite good. But not as good as the chowder we had at Warren Tavern in Charles Town, which was actually a Fodor's recommendation! Amazing! We had lobster at a pub (whose name I cant remember) but it was a few doors down from Union Oyster) and for $25 it was a great deal!

We finished off our trip with a drive down to Plymouth, MA for the wedding. You really only need a day here. tops. We walked out on the Jetty and saw the rock. The Mayflower is under repair for the rest of the spring and most of this summer. We stayed overnight at the Radisson on the waterfront which was nice, but just having come from the Nine Zero, it definitely was a downgrade. But this is only after we stopped to check out Plymouth Bay Inn and Suites which, lets just say, I would of rather slept in the rental car than anywhere in that room. Phewwww-wee!

Overall it was a great trip. We are ready to visit Boston again. We felt honored to have been there during a time of such emotion and grieving for the whole city, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly, that we would love to come back and visit again.

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