Saturday, January 1, 2011


So every year Boston has something called First Night(Lots of cities followed our lead and have their own First Nights now) There are early fireworks(for the children) and late fireworks( for the grownups) and a GAZILLION things to do(parades, singers, dancer, mime, things to buy and play with,we could go on and on..) So PL1+2 decided to go downtown early before the actual festivities started to see the famous ice sculptures..( of note.. it was 50 degrees out yesterday!!!!)They wanted to come home and have Chinese food because they are old fuddy duds and don't do huge crowds well...) We didn't go because we got up early and went to our Arboretum for an early morning romp in the snow and we were pooped.....

This is the Brattle Book Shop..It has nothing to do with NYE however they can't go anywhere without going to a book store and this is one of their favorites

It has all these neat books outside as well......
People are started to come in to the city early.. There are trillions of people in the city starting around 6pm..... doesn't the State House look pretty?
The Paramount and Opera House.... 
Only in Boston do you you see bobble head toys of Sam and John Adams and Ben Franklin!!

Archie liked this picture because of all the toilets...that must be a boy joke..
Kids playing in the common

One of the smaller ice sculptures

Two kids giving each other a little lip...
Archie loves this guy the balloon man and wants to apprentice with him.....
Here is the Frog Pavillion which is in the Common
And here is what they are doing!!
More Ice Sculptures
People starting to arrive(and it is only2 pm)
Everybody is watching......
Them put together this ice sculpture.OF EGYPTIAN DOGS!!!!!!
PL2 loved this and wants one.. a Dunkin Donuts coffee truck(like there isn't a DD on every corner!!)
Taking a pic of the guy taking a pic!
An ice sculpture we couldn't see
Our wonderful library
News people getting ready 
Blowers  and hats ready to be bought

What it really looked like at night!(from the newspaper)

And of course the final fireworks!!



Bocci said...

Thanks for taking us on the Boston tour with you, A+A!
Yes, Parental Unit agrees-it's not worth going anywhere without going to a bookstore at some point...

Have a wonderful 2011! We'll look forward to more tours of Boston this year!

Bocci and his PU

P.S. PU is reading John Adams after finishing 1776-she really needs to make a trip to Boston!

Gus said...

Great tour of Boston on "first night." And can you tell me what it is with hoomans and bookstores? Man... I go to lunnon and instead of going to the pub with the guys, I gotta make a pilgrimage to a bookstore that isn't even there anymore? Sheesh. Like we don't have enough books already, right?


Niamh said...

We always love your Boston Tours. Happy New Year A & A and your PLs too.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

TwoSpecialWires said...

We wanna come back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Every Night.
Jake and Fergi

Kess And Her Mama said...

Happy 2011! What a great way to kick off the new year. May there be many more Boston tours for the year :-)

Faya said...

Waouw what a great day !!!! I wish you could have such great walkies every day in 2011 !!!!
Kisses, Faya

Angus said...

What a great idea to have early evening fireworks for the kids.

Bouncing Bertie said...

Hi A+A
Great tour of Boston - the ice sculptures are truly spectacular (although surely they could be improved by judicious sprinkling of golden fluid around the base, if you know what I mean...)
But tell me this, you say you were pooped after just a romp in the snow around the arboretum? What happened to your WFT energies? I mean, I might take a wee rest, (like a microsecond, Gail says) after walking about ten miles, then I'm raring to go all over again.
Happy New Year!

Molly the Airedale said...

What an exciting and beautiful city Boston is! Thanks for the First Night tour, guys!
Happy New Year to all of you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Dexter said...

Happy New Year. Momma went to the first ever first night but has not returned. Just too many people. However, the weather was most grand for being out and about, wasn't it? Hope Archie is recovered from the snow plows.


Jake of Florida said...

We so want to come to Boston!!! So we appreciate your showing us around on First Night! Mom is always snooping around for bookstores -- we could have a much smaller house if it weren't for all the books we already have!

Have a fun 2011 and remember to include us on your next tours!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Lorenza said...

Happy New Year to all of you!
Thanks for the tour!
I loved all the pictures!
Kisses and hugs

Unknown said...

A team
I tried to get mom to go into the city but no beans. I wondered if the ice sculptures would survive. I bet archie chiseled one with him and tom brady.

Happy New Year!
more walkies together this year please

Toffee said...

Happy New Year!

We were midnight in columbus park watching the fireworks!

Any cool resolutions??

The Thuglets said...

Happy New Year!

Thank you for the amazing tour of Boston.

Big Nose Pokes
The ThugletsX

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Happy Happy New Year Archie and Agatha, or should I bark, Agatha and Archie! And to your family too.

I liked very much the tour of Boston, it looks soooooooo beautiful.

And I see you have snow like we do, though we are kinda fed up with it now.

I am sorry I have not been barking much on my blog or yours recently, life has been a bit busy. I am resolving to do better in 2011!

lotsalicks, Marvin xxxxx and love from Jeannie xxxxxxxxx

tula monstah said...

Hey ARch woo sOOOO could have showed up the Balloon Guy!! Geesh What were Pl 1 + 2 thinking leaving woo guys at home!

Ready fur the playoffs!!!!
happy new year!


Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said... took us like forever to get over here...what a TOUR!! Scruffy and Stan ADORED the porta potties...I thought they sorta stunk, but I guess they're better than using a tree or somethin'...Mumsie loved loved loved the LIBRARY and book store and all those books outside!!! that is exciting.

But, MOI? THE ICE...yeppers...picked up everyone of those pesky statues and GROUND THEM UP...oh, the smoothies...

I'm callin' them my PaulRevere word, looks like the police may be at our door...What, Officer? Ice? Huh???

Oh...could you Please tell Archie that the lecture is OVER about Why Bostonians Sound a Bit British. My ears hurt.



Eric said...

Dearest Twinnie. Smashing tour. Loved seeing it all again. Wagging I got there before Lacie and her industrial strength blender. Sheese. Did you see the way she gleefully smooshed that amazing egyptian dog ice sculpture into her purple blender Aggs? Closely followed by the balloon guy and a few of them bobble heads. Guess the egyptian dogs didn't date huh?

Happy New Year dearest pals. Eric xxx

The Black and Tans. said...

Oh how interesting. We loved the tour Agatha and Archie and look forward to many more.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

Inky and Molly said...

Check out the crowds and those ice scupltures! Looks like it's all happening in your town. No ice here, let alone snow...

Anonymous said...

The Brattle Book Shop! That brings back memories. I grew up around Boston, and the Brattle was favorite haunt -- along with the old Avenue Victor Hugo... good times.
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