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Antje Duvekot Explores Her Favorite Things to Do in Boston

The Boston-based singer-songwriter plans a day's worth of adventures in her personal travel itinerary

A native of Heidelberg, Germany—and a frequent traveler herself, thanks to the road tours that are the hazard of her job as an emerging singer-songwriter—Antje Duvekot sees Boston through the eyes of a visitor as well as a resident. She adopted the Hub as her hometown when she moved here in 2004. She's currently working on new music for her latest studio album (more on this, here), which is to be self-produced, but when we asked her to plan an itinerary for her perfect day in Boston, she happily obliged. 

10 am: River Views

We shall start our day with a stroll along the Charles River Esplanade. When I was in my twenties, I came to visit Boston. I was searching for a restroom when I chanced upon the Harvard Sailing Club on Memorial Drive and was promptly invited to join a young fellow for a sail on the Charles. That day I fell in love with Boston—though not with the young sailor himself. The iconic white sailboats dancing across the water on windy days remind me of that youthful spontaneity. I've always thought they give Boston a playful look. Charles River Esplanade, Arlington at Beacon Street, Boston 

11 am: A Walk in the Park

From the Esplanade, we can cross into the city via the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge and continue our stroll through Boston's historic Public Garden, perhaps resting on an occasional bench to watch the Swan Boats drift across the water. Public Garden, Arlington at Beacon Street, Boston

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Harvard Museum of Natural History's popular 'Glass Flowers' exhibition. (Nate Dean/©President & Fellows, Harvard College)

Noon: Midday Wining & Dining

We'll catch a cab on Boylston Street and head to the South End to Barbara Lynch's The Butcher Shop for lunch. I love this restaurant because it is neighborhoodsy and classy at once; intimately low-key but with a most fine selection of wines and meat dishes. A charming ambiance and big windows for watching out onto Tremont Street. The Butcher Shop, 552 Tremont St., Boston, 617.423.4800

1:30 pm: A Study of Art & Politics

Let's cab it to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum over in Dorchester. The architecture of this building is gorgeous—a glass pavilion provides stunning views of the harbor—and the exhibits on Massachusetts' beloved John F. Kennedy are excellent. JFK Library & Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, 617.514.1600

3:30 pm: Old-School Exhibiting

If we have energy for another small museum in us, it should be the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It feels like an old museum to me. In plain wooden rooms, there are cases of artifacts like fossils and old glass models of plants. I like how this museum isn't high tech, but feels warm and cozy. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, 617.495.3045

6 pm: Dinner, Mediterranean-Style

We'll make our way to Harvard Square where we're likely pass some street musicians on our way to Café Algiers, an ambient Mediterranean coffee house inside of Brattle Hall where we shall enjoy some mint tea, hummus and shish kebabs. Café Algiers, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617.492.1557

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Legendary Club Passim in Harvard Square is a hot spot for folk and acoustic music. (Courtesy of Club Passim)

8 pm: Folk-Music Forays

We'll round out our evening and rest our weary bones at Club Passim. There is bound to be a show on to make us feel astonished to be witnessing rare rising folk talent in such an intimate setting! Historically Cambridge's "Club 47," the venue has seen such folk greats as Joan Baez, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan cut their teeth there. The documentary "For the Love of the Music" (which, incidentally, also features me) goes into the history of the club. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, 617.492.7679