Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Feast of Saint Anthony~Boston's North End~August 23-25

The tradition and customs of honoring Saint Anthony of Padua in the North End of Boston date back to early part of the twentieth century and the large numbers of southern Italian immigrants that reached the shores of America at that time. Hundreds of thousands of poor European immigrants flooded the urban centers of northeastern United States. In Boston these immigrants settled in the North End. These immigrants brought with them the customs and traditions that they celebrated in their homeland for centuries.
I've been to this festival several times in the past 40 years and yes those are the same decorations.
Great food, parades, fireworks and people watching.

Townspeople, dressed in white clothing carry a large statue of St. Anthony through the streets of Boston's North End. The statue is adorned with ribbons, and as it's passed through the crowded street, locals pin money to the ribbons. The people consider this an offering to St. Anthony; the money is later dispersed to charities.
I've been trying to find out the significance of the watches

Getting ready for the parade...

The locals find a good viewing spot

Tourists! Over a million folks flock to the narrow streets to celebrate.

Walking back to the car, a few blocks from the crowds.
Words of wisdom
Funky photo of the Zakim Bridge

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


My husband bought me a new bike in July, it's Italian, it's beautiful and a dream to ride. Seriously, compared to my 14 yo hybrid ride, this baby rolls along almost effortlessly.
Yes, I love my bike!

Needless to say, we've done a lot of riding this summer.
The Battle Road in Minuteman National Park is a Sunday morning favorite.

We saw this giant bull hanging out with his friends on the Battle Road.

View of Boston from Squantum Point Park in Quincy

Guys fishing in Squantum Point Park in the shadow of the famous Rainbow Swash natural gas storage tank. Painted in 1971 by Corita Kent,
the rainbow design painted on a 140-foot (43 m) tall LNG storage tank is the largest copyrighted work of art in the world.

Lily pads in Marlboro MA

Taking a rest after a long day....random.

My son moved to Providence RI this July.
Canals running through the center of town reminded me of Venice and then I saw these guys.

I love the feel of this photograph...Venice.

Sunset view of Providence skyline from the East Bay Bike Path

Rhode Island Geese

flowers in Bristol RI

Derry Rail Trail, Derry NH

I'm a bit obsessed with dragonflies....they rarely pose for pictures.

Eastern Trail,  Kennebunk ME 

Love to watch dogs swim

Sunset at Parsons Beach, Kennebunk ME

Reflections Woods Hole MA.... half way mark of the Shining Sea Bike trail on Cape Cod

Sunset from my back yard, love these summer evenings.....