Happy Birthday Junie!

Growing up, one of my favorite books was Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. I remember listening to this story during read aloud time in elementary school, my parents buying me a copy during the book fair, and then going to actually see the ducklings at the Public Garden. Of course I’m not talking about real ducklings because what field trip can guarantee seeing ducklings? These make way for ducklings statues are just the cutest things following behind their giant mother duck. The best part though is that the Boston Public Garden is such an amazing beautiful place that even if there were no ducklings, I’d still visit this place every time I’m in town.

A duckling-filled photo adventure:

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Growing up, I don’t remember what the Public Market in Boston looked like, but it recently for an upgrade and is now so nice and fancy! There are rows and rows of locally-owned small businesses mainly selling food, but also local handmade products like hand-dyed yarn and candles. My favorites were the cider donuts and honeybee wax products. The market building itself is super nice and has signs up so you know exactly which aisle to go down to find the stall you’re looking for. Since I was there in the beginning of winter, there were also giant (and I mean giant) pumpkins left from the end of fall. These things weighed hundreds of pounds and won contests! Whoa!

By the way, the best part about this place (for me) is that it was right next to the new RMV location, too … so I could hop by after renewing my drivers license!

A market-y photo adventure:

Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston is one of my favorite things because I love learning and relearning about this area’s history. Yesterday (in 2017), I shared about the first half of my most recent Freedom Trail adventure. Today, let’s quickly review the rest.

Upon leaving Faneuil Hall, you’ll encounter Paul Revere’s house. On some trips, I actually go on and tour this house (because it’s not that expensive and it’s neat to see how this local man who had so many kids lived!). Old North Church and Copp’s Burying Ground are next as you head toward the North End (area of Boston).

At this point, you have to cross the Charles River and then the trail splits into two (well, actually a loop). From here you can decide if you want to see Bunker Hill or the U.S.S. Constitution first. I usually pick Bunker Hill first, for whatever reason. Both are quite neat to view. Especially with the “Don’t shoot until you see the whites in their eyes” statement (at Bunker Hill) and the fact that the U.S.S. Constitution is technically still in service today!

A freedom photo adventure:

Around Thanksgiving, I went back to Boston for a tiny bit before heading over to my sister’s place in Connecticut. During my time in the city, I brought my friend on the Freedom Trail. Growing up in this area, I’ve probably walked this thing at least a dozen times over the years. It never ceases to amaze me all the neat things along this trail though.

I like starting off in Boston Common and seeing what it is today compared to the description of its muddy cow pasture past. The Massachusetts State House is always one that brings back memories for me as I remember going there as a kid and meeting our state representative there. Next is Park Street Church with its famous steeple (even if under construction at the moment). The Granary Burying Ground is just the first of many of its kind along the trail and it’s the final resting place to so many famous people like John Hancock, Benjamin Frankin’s parents, and Paul Revere.

Next is King’s Chapel and Burying Ground, Boston Latin School Site, and the Old Corner Bookstore (which of course is no longer anything like a bookstore). From there, you walk straight past the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, and the Boston Massacre Site before Faneuil Hall comes into view. For whatever reason, this is where I always get lunch, no matter which time I remember walking along this trail.

See more about my most recent Freedom Trail adventure tomorrow (in 2018)!

A freedom photo adventure:

The Walker Evans exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is just about over. I’m so glad I got a chance to see it even if it was just once. I say that because I currently have free admission to SF MoMA due to an educators pass and I’ve been wanted to go there more frequently in order to make good use of the pass.

I really enjoying see the Walker Evans exhibit because I actually didn’t realize that some of his more famous photographs were by him. I appreciate that he wasn’t a super artsy photographer, but one that just really wanted to show others about real life. His depression photos were particularly heartbreaking (and well-known). I think you have just a few days left to go see some of these Walker Evans greats if you happen to live in the Bay Area. Hurry!

An everyday things photo adventure: