BOSTON COMMONS AND PUBLIC GARDEN
The Boston Commons is perhaps my favorite place in the city. There are always people around, whether it is late at night or in the middle of the day. People bring their dogs to play here. Street vendors sell hot dogs, pretzels, and many others at the entrance. And there are birds flying among the barren trees, skimming over the surface of the lakes, and filling the air with songs. At the end of the day, when we are finished with our explorations, we always find ourselves drifting to the Boston Commons.
The Public Garden hosts the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculpture. When we were there, someone had knitted shawls for each duckling, complete with a hat to spare them from the cold.
We stayed close to Faneuil Hall, so we often wandered here at the end of the day. There is music outside, lights at night, and plenty of good food to choose from. The North Market and the South Market on both sides host an assortment of stores, from those selling brand clothes to Christmas decorations to pewter stores. One block away, there is the Union Oyster House, which is the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the United States. Besides the lovely interior and the pleasant service, the food is also very good. Also look for the Boston Public Market nearby.
Once you reach North End, you will realize that you are in a distinct neighborhood. It is the home of many people of Italian descents, and their culture is evident in all parts of North End. There is the Saint Leonard Church, the first Roman Catholic Church in generally more Protestant New England. There are rows after rows of family-owned shops and Italian restaurants. When we didn’t know what to eat, we always went to North End because it had really good food…from Mike’s Pastry‘s cannoli to Mamma Maria‘s pasta, the things we eat and the atmosphere of the whole neighborhood made me feel warm and comfortable.
There is nothing like strolling around Beacon Hill, whether it is during the day or in the middle of the night. The streets are quiet, the houses beautiful, and the birds singing in full-force, hidden among the trees and on top of the roofs. Beacon Hill is home to Acorn Street, dubbed “The Most Photographed Street in the United States” and the beautiful Rouvalis Flower Shop.
THE BOSTON ATHENAEUM AND LIBRARY
The Boston Athenaeum is a nice place to relax and read a book in the afternoon. It provides a little respite after a morning full of exploration and an evening that promises to be as adventurous. The Boston Library is another place to relax.
Alysta Lim & Athena Lim