While my aunt, Alonna, and cousin, Sarah, were visiting me in Boston, we constructed a huge “to-see” list of places we wanted visit. We had several great places on the list including Fenway Park (my place of employment), Chinatown, Boston Harbor, the North End (where I reside), Freedom Trail, and all the great attractions in between. We successfully covered much of the city’s allure in their short stay. One of our adventures included a Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise (Click the link to check out my blog and photos from that excursion!).
Since I am still new to Boston, I was unfamiliar with the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture. My brother, Trey, has a small watercolor painting of the ducklings in our apartment, which brought about our desire to find the statues. However, I had no idea where this icon was located or any other information about it. When my cousin realized that it was in fact located in the Boston Public Garden, we decided we simply had to go! Make Way for Ducklings, written by Robert McCloskey, was published in 1941. The story features a mother mallard who chooses to raise her ducklings in the Boston Public Garden. The popularity of the children’s book inspired the statues by Nancy Schön, depicting the mother and her eight ducklings. This is an extremely popular site where children love to play, as Sarah and I found out! We had a challenging time capturing photos without children atop Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings!
Two other small stops I have included in this post are the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park and Mike’s Pastry. The Waterfront Park with its magnificent flowers, pleasing fountains, and delightful waterfront breeze, make it a tranquil spot to pass through or stop to relax for a moment.
Now for Mike’s Pastry, located in the North End, “Little Italy,” is an icon of the area. You can’t walk around the North End, or Boston for that matter, without seeing pedestrians with a Mike’s Pastry box firmly in their grasp. If you have ever visited, you know that what is inside is super yummy! On a Saturday night, the line for Mike’s delectable pastries literally goes around the block! Our experience consisted of a small smörgåsbord. One great way to do Mike’s is to get a great little sampling and share! We selected a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie, Amaretto Cannoli, La Sfogliatella (Lobstertail), Tiramisu, and a Peanut Butter Cookie. Everything was delicious! I think we all concurred that the Lobstertail was the best… definitely one thing you would have to try if you find yourself in the North End!
Take a walk across the Boston Public Garden Bridge.
This was my pick, the light and creamy Tiramisu, with a perfect hint of coffee. Last, but not least, the Lobstertail was perfectly devine. With the crisp buttery pastry, completely balanced with the ricotta cheese filling, the Lobstertail was our favorite!
*Again, special thanks to Alonna Bailey and Sarah Bailey Duckworth for joining me on this wonderful adventure!