Back From Boston

I was in Boston for the better part of a week with Soon-ok:  She was stuck in a dreary conference, I got to roam the city. Boston is a delightful town, big enough to have everything one could want in a major city, small enough to be manageable even on foot.

It's crawling with history, as you can well imagine.  I'll be uploading pix all week on my FB albums, but here are links to the U.S.S. Constitution, the Boston Public Library, and various places of worship.  (UPDATES:  General Bostonianess and Odds & Ends)

This one, however, is my favorite:

This is the "Make Way For Ducklings" statue in the Boston Public Garden, based on the book Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.  I read the book as a child & was fascinated by it (I loved all things Anatidae as a child:  Donald, Daffy, even trachodons).  It's based on a true story that happened at that very spot and remains in print to this day.

Highly recommended.

Boston, among other delights, is a great seafood town, and we never had a meal there that wasn't magnificent.  Legal Sea Foods, a chain, was surprisingly excellent, but we also dined well at Union Oyster House, the oldest restaurant in North America.*

Speaking of which, I had the following conversation with one of the Old Town Trolley tour guides:

"We don't have 'R's in Boston.  We say 'ah' instead.  As in 'Pahk the cah in the yahd.'"

"No 'R's, huh?  Say 'oyster'."

"Erstah."

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*  Union Oyster House is located between the Bell In Hand pub, the oldest pub in continuous operation in NA (& founded by one of Boston's town criers, hence the name), and a Scottish restaurant named MacDonald's.  The original Cheers bar is in Boston as well, still in operation, but though I saw it I was unable to get to visit it.  Ah well, next trip...

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