Ailsa’s travel theme this week is secret places. When I lived in Boston I would walk to work. For the first year I stuck to the same route. I would vary which side streets I would meander down, but I didn’t go off the beaten path too much. I was on my way to work and time was critical, at least my boss thought so. Then my last year there I started getting up earlier so I could walk further.
That was when I discovered a hidden gem for me. Now the Richard D. Parker Victory Gardens and the surrounding area in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is not a secret place since it is right in the open. However, I felt a little cheated that I did not find it sooner. Each morning I looked forward to walking through this garden and I actually posted about it before on my blog. The gardens consist of community plots for the locals. I couldn’t walk through the individual plots, but I was able to see them from the path. When we started talking about moving, I realized that this would be one of the places I would miss most about Boston. Yes there are many special places in the city. And I miss more than this area. But I miss the peaceful feeling I had in the mornings walking through this part of town.