Frenchie and Leaving Boston

16 Apr

This is it!

The time has come to leave Boston.

So many people met, places visited, dishes made.

Experiences and inspirations.

After all, Frenchie and the Yankee was born in Boston – in September 2010!

And it is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this post thinking about the Boston Marathon tragedy from yesterday, which took place just 1 mile (1.5 km) away from my house.

Thinking of all those families affected by these events.

Feeling sad to leave the city, friends, neighborhoods still under shock.

The city I have called home for the past 4.5 years.

“But life here will go on. We won’t be paralyzed by fear.

We’ll take reasonable precautions, yes.

But we won’t take cover.

And we won’t cower.

This, after all, is Boston.”

“Mais ici, la vie va continuer. Nous ne nous laisserons pas paralyser par la peur.

Certes, nous prendrons toutes les précautions qui s’imposent.

Mais nous ne nous cacherons pas.

Nous ne tremblerons pas.

Après tout, ici, c’est Boston.”

Scot Lehigh – The Boston Globe

As I look outside my window, wondering what Charlotte, NC is going to bring into my life, I think about the city of Boston, the region of New England, and a few of my favorite things

Here’s a potpourri of favorite photos, places, experiences and food.

20- Looking down to see my feet treading upon the beautiful red brick sidewalks.

19- Sitting down to rest on a hot summer afternoon and hear the Spanish guitar player inside the Boston Library courtyard with fountain noises echoing throughout.

18- Union Park in the South End and turning the corner on Shawmut Ave to go to Formaggio’s buy local New England cheeses.

17- Spending the day in Charlestown, taking a water shuttle back to the Boston Wharfs as the city shines over the water.

16- A day trip to Gloucester and Cape Ann with a dinner at The Market.

15- Exploring the many small Italian food stores in the North End – a cheese sample here, a prosciutto tasting there.

14- Imagining the inside of the beautiful townhouses of Beacon Hill from Mount Vernon Street to W. Cedar Street.

13- Buying local and seasonal groceries at the SoWa Market.

12- Admiring the colorful spring tulips on a bench in the Boston Garden.

11- Spending an afternoon in Marblehead, MA browsing for antiques or in Provincetown, MA walking up and down Commercial Street.

10- Hearing the excitedly anxious sounds and voices of students on Harvard Yard as a new school year starts.

9- Strolling on the Longfellow Bridge, along the Charles River, and back through the Mass Ave Bridge with stunning views of the city.

8- The seasons – fall and spring in particular. Apple picking at the Russell Orchards Farm. Photographing trees at the Mount Auburn Cemetery.

7- Restaurants, eateries and food places discovered along the way. La Voile, Grotto, Toro, Metropolis Café, Craigie on Main, Maurizio’s, Coppa, Erbaluce, Oishii, Lala Rokh, B&G Oysters.

6- Sitting down on a wooden bench inside Trinity Church – sealed from the outside world and taking in the unique atmosphere of this particular church.

5- Taking a quick special drive to Tatte Bakery in Cambridge – a delicious experience!

4- Buying the most unusual fruits and veggies at the Chinatown supermarkets after eating dim sum at the Empire Garden or Myers + Chang.

3- Looking up at the beautiful ceiling inside Faneuil Hall.

2- Walking through Bay Village as the old gas lamp posts magically light up the small streets at dusk like a movie set.

1- Meeting Bostonians along the years, proud of their city and its History.

So long Boston.

Until the next weekend visit.

Ready for Charlotte, NC and how it will influence this blog.

Merci Boston !


10 Responses to “Frenchie and Leaving Boston”

  1. Brian M. April 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

    You will both be very missed in Boston! Wishing you the very best in the next chapter!


  2. AF April 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM #

    What a lovely post. Great pics. The goat is my fave. 🙂 Boston and the many friends you have made there will surely miss you. We, your readers and friends, look forward to exploring Charlotte with you. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your life with us thusfar.


  3. Brenda B April 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM #

    You will be missed, but I look forward to learning all about North Carolina through your blog!


  4. JARDIN ANGLAIS April 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM #

    Merci pour ce billet et ses belles photos qui reflète tout à la fois une forme de regret et un élan vers ailleurs… La vie faite d’hiers et de demains. Bon vent ! Cordialement. Evelyne


  5. Rodger April 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    Thank you so much, David, for all these moments of beauty shared with you. Best thoughts from France to the residents of Boston who lived a so hard event.
    And now, take the road to South. Bienvenue to Charlotte, the Queen!


  6. Donna A. April 16, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

    What a lovely tribute to a great city – A true gem of Americana! It’s been fun seeing it through your eyes.


  7. David Santori April 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM #

    Thank you everyone for your kind words, comments and encouragements for the new adventure ahead!

    As Boston is blooming and spring is coming, the new life appearing in the trees all around me whispers good vibes in light of my new life which is about to start.


  8. BosGuy Blog April 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

    What a beautiful tribute. I’m excited that you will be able to make new memories in your new home of Charlotte, but personally sad we won’t see you in the neighborhood.

    Wishing you much love and missing you all at the same time.



  9. Sherrie April 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

    Merci for your special tribute and your favorite reminisces. I look forward to your NC blogs as you turn your photographic eye to new lands. As a new Bostonian, I will walk in your footsteps here.


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