PJ and I had a great time in Boston. He attended the American Literature Association Conference, and I toured some of the sights. We also ate really well, and I got in a lot of walking.

We arrived on Wednesday afternoon. After checking into our hotel, we took a walk through the Public Garden and Boston Common and along Commonwealth Avenue, which contains statues of famous Bostonians. We then met one of PJ’s former colleagues from Oakland for dinner at Stephanie’s on Newbury. I had the macaroni and cheese with prosciutto and truffle oil, which was deliciously rich. For dessert, I had the peach and raspberry cobbler. It was great seeing his colleague again; it’s always fun to have good conversation over an excellent dinner.

On our way over to the restaurant, his colleague took us into the Boston Public Library to see the reading rooms and the courtyard. Leave it to a group of English professors to turn a library into a tourist destination, but it’s a wonderful building and would be a great place to do research or just sit and read. She was telling us about how she used to go there to read Henry James novels while she was in college. Here’s a picture I took of the library the next day:

Boston Public Library

We also walked around for a bit after dinner, mostly along Commonwealth Ave. again. This time we were searching specifically for the statue of the poet Phillis Wheatley, a slave and the first African-American writer to be published in America.

On Thursday and Friday, I continued sightseeing. PJ was able to come to a few things with me, but he missed a lot since he had to go to his conference. On Thursday and Friday, I saw and/or visited the New England Aquarium, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the Old South Meeting House, the Fine Arts Museum of Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the South End and Chinatown neighborhoods. I’ll blog about a lot of these sights over the next week or so.

In the meantime, I need to check the scores at the French Open and get caught up on my grading, both of which leave me with one overarching question: why aren’t we on semesters already?!