62 canada & new england DUCK TOURS? SEE THE REAL BIRDS INSTEAD Why ride a metal car/boat when you can see the real birds — Boston’s famous swan couple? Stop by the Boston Public Garden (near Boston Common) and you’ll find some lovely swans, named Romeo and Juliet, nesting by the serene pond. Romeo and Juliet are 15 years old and always come back to their summer home in the Public Garden lagoon from early May to just after Labor Day. Sit and watch the swans build and maintain their nest to keep their eggs safe. And even though the babies may have hatched by the time you visit, that’s even more reason to go check out the young ones! RED SOX? WATCH THE SAND SCULPTING COMPETITION Skip the green monster and go see the sand monsters instead! Revere Beach in Boston holds the international sand sculpting competition each year in mid July. The sand sculptures are evaluated using four categories: (1) degree of di³culty, (2) originality and creativity, (3) quality of sculpting, and (4) overall visual impact — and to the winner goes a $15.000 check…yup — it may not be a million dollar baseball salary — but it’s no small change! CHEERS BAR? SEE THE REAL BREWERS AT HARPOON BREWERY Who needs Sam the bartender when you have the tour guides of Harpoon Brewery behind the bar? The Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall is located in South Boston at the seaport; an unlikely place for a brewery, but worth the trip. Tours are given daily on the hour and only cost $5. The best part of course is the generous tastings you get to do on the brewery tour. CLAM CHOWDAH? GO FOR SOME SOUL…FOOD Sure, we all know that Boston is known for seafood and especially their famous clam chowdah. So I was pretty surprised to find a soul food restaurant in the heart of the city called the Hen House. No seafood here, just chicken, wa¾es, BBQ and greens! Open late at night and delivering to your door you can have the brilliant soulful combination of wa¾es and fried chicken! FREEDOM TRAIL? FOLLOW THE STARS TO THE SOUTHIE TRAIL Each day thousands of people walk the Freedom Trail, but not far from the Freedom Trail lies a real melting pot of ethnicity and architectural landscape — South Boston (aka Southie). This is where the Irish and Italians originally brought their families to settle down into blue collar Boston life. Southie is the scene of many Oscar-nominated movies such as Good Will Hunting and The Departed. This is a fascinating and lively neighborhood to simply walk around and get a feel for the Southie culture. If you pay close attention as you walk around the South Boston neighborhood, you may even start to pick up that famous Boston accent…leave your r’s behind and fit into the neighborhood! Break away from the tourist pack and find some new travel experiences in Boston! Sherry travels to off-the-beaten-path destinations to bring you unique travel experiences, adventures, and photography by way of her blog, www.ottsworld.com. But it’s not just about travel, it’s also about life experiences of a solo female wanderer.