Experiencing Boston: The North End

Not only is Boston’s North End one of the city’s great tourist attractions, but it is also a favorite spot in the city for locals to visit. The North End is considered the “Italian” part of the city; unlike the “Italian” parts of many other cities, however, it is still truly Italian. Not only is the North End home to many old Italian families, but it is also home to many authentic, family-owned Italian restaurants!

When you make your visit to the North End, know that you should go ahead and leave your car behind. Firstly, the best way to truly experience the North End is to experience it on foot; secondly, you will certainly not want to deal with trying to park! The life of the North End begins at the start of Hanover Street, and you can take the “T” (Boston’s subway system) to the Haymarket stop, which is right next to the start of Hanover.

There are many delicious Italian restaurants along Hanover Street, but one of the best is Giacomo’s. You will be able to spot Giacomo’s because of the long line that snakes out from it every evening; but don’t question whether it is worth the wait! Every plate at Giacomo’s is unbelievably delicious, and the prices are incredible as well, as nearly every meal is between $15 and $20!

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You can head right up the street when you finish your meal at Giacomo’s, for some dessert at Mike’s Pastry. The name “Mike’s Pastry” might not sound as Italian as some of the other shops on the street, but the cannolis are legendary, and the line that pours into the store moves quickly enough.

Make sure you take some extra time to walk around the North End for a little while as well. From the small, family-run shops to the Old World feel to the Old North Church made famous by Paul Revere, your evening is sure to leave you with lasting memories. In fact, you might already feel like it is time to return to the North End from the moment you leave!


Making The Most Of A Trip To New York City

For not only people from other countries, but for Americans as well, New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations; many people who travel to New York City, however, go without a specific plan that they want to follow, and this causes them to not get nearly as much out of their trip as they could. If you plan to take your first ever trip to New York City soon (or if you will be going there for a second or third time, but feel that you did not get the most out of your trip the first times you went), here are some things for you to keep in mind in order to make your trip to New York City as successful as you hope for it to be.

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One of the most popular destinations when people visit New York City is Central Park, as Central Park is an absolutely gorgeous jewel of serenity and green right in the midst of one of the busiest cities in the world; because of the fact that Central Park is so popular with tourists, however, it is often packed with people – so if you want to experience Central Park to the fullest, make the effort to wake up early (around 6 or 7 in the morning), and get out to Central Park when the locals are the only other people out there.

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Times Square stands alongside Central Park as one of the most popular tourist destinations; while part of experiencing Times Square is certainly that you experience all the people, it will likely be much more enjoyable for you to experience all the people if you go on a night when it is not tremendously busy – so consider visiting Times Square on a weeknight instead of a weekend night, so that you can experience the full effect without getting worn out.

And you are likely to have a lot more fun when you visit New York City if you make the effort to go off the beaten path; try to visit restaurants, museums, and parts of the city that tourists rarely take the time to see, and you will feel like you got a whole lot more out of your trip than you would otherwise have gotten!

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