April 07, 2010

Spring day in Back Bay

We had a lovely Easter. We drove into Boston and went to the noon service at Trinity Church in Copley Square in Boston's Back Bay area near the Charles River.

Trinity is considered architect H.H. Richardson's masterpiece, and it's a glorious work, inside and out. We sat in the last pew, listened to powerful music performed by a superb choir, brass ensemble and organist, and saw some Easter bonnets.

The sun was blazing and people were lounging about the square and walking in throngs down Boylston and Newbury Streets.

We had lunch at Vlora Mediterranean Restaurant & Wine Bar on Boylston. The restaurant gets its name from the owner's hometown in Albania. The menu was extensive and featured tons of Mediterranean goodies -- plenty of choices for carnivores and vegetarians alike -- and the prices were wallet-friendly. We'll go back. My grilled octopus brought me back to sun-splashed Greece.

On the way back to the car we found a recently-opened consignment shop called Annabelle Jones on the corner of Dartmouth and Newbury streets.

Dana and I liked the eclectic stuff we saw in the window so we ducked in. What a find. In addition to incredible designer garb, shoes and bags at nice prices, Annabelle Jones has jewelry -- some funky, some estate-quality -- with prices starting at about $20 and moving up (way up for the estate collections).

We saw things we loved and could easily have spent an hour or more cruising the racks and display cases, but Mike and Adam were outside waiting, so we left empty-handed with me promising Dana a return visit for her birthday, coming up in May.

Newbury Street was lined with restaurants and cafes, most with outdoor umbrella tables where tourists, locals, families and students from the gazillion nearby colleges ate and drank, enjoying a beautiful spring day in Back Bay.