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.
Mesmerizing and magical.
These are really beautiful pcitures!
Thank you 🙂
can see why you liked the walk through that lovely area
It was a good way to start my work day. Total relaxation.
It looks like it’s in England! Beautiful photos 🙂
Parts of Boston do have an English feel. But don’t tell them that.
I can imagine why this is your secret place! Lovely shots.
A real secret garden
That’s another book I haven’t read…need to add it to my list.
Beautiful! I love walking around because you always find hidden treasures!
For me, it is the best way to get to know a place. And I don’t have a car, so I don’t have that many choices 😉
Oh how I love that last image…makes me think of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Rainy days were my favorite time to walk through there–so fresh. I need to read that book. I’ve only seen the movie. Adding it to my list!
The book is sensational. I love the movie. Love it…but the book as so much more (as books aften are). Read it, read it, read it !!!!!!!!
I looked and my library has a copy of the audiobook. It is checked out now, but when things slow down I’ll pick it up. I always love your enthusiasm Jo!
Only for the good stuff !!!!
Your secret garden! Lovely!
LOL…I didn’t think of that, but yes.
Beautiful looking garden. 😉
Thanks. I agree with you 😉
Thanks! I do miss my strolls there though. Fortunately there are many lovely places in London.
I have a great secret place for you to go in London. Have you been to Postman’s Park? The tiles are very inspiring. 🙂
I haven’t been there yet, but I plan to now. Thanks Jackie!
Such a gorgeous garden, that second photo of the flower-covered gate is stunning.
I always pictured hobbits living there 🙂
I can totally see Frodo wandering through that gate 🙂
Me too…and Sam. It was fun to think about. One of the greatest gifts of reading is expanding my imagination.
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So beautiful dear TBM, fascinated me this garden and your amazing shots… Thank you, have a nice new week, love, nia
Thanks Nia. You too!
Magical! If I had to walk through there on my way to work, I would probably always be late! 🙂
Well I wouldn’t blame you if you were 🙂
Oh, so beautiful. When I saw Boston and Cambridge for the first time a couple years ago, I was struck by how similar they were to London!
They are fun cities and I didn’t realize how much they were like London until I moved here. I had never been to London before we moved.
Wow!! i feel like seeing images from a book. How lucky you find that beautiful garden/place
It would make my mornings much more enjoyable and for a moment or two, I would forget I was going to work 😉
You made me wishing for such beauty on the way to work…but all I can see is buildings and cars 😦
I’m sorry. When I walked just down Mass Ave that is all I would see. I hope you can find some color on your walk.
beutiful nature -very nice!!!
First off, I LOVE that gate in the second picture. If any image personifies the Once Upon a Time reading experience it is that kind of image. A gate to a magical place. Love it!
And that last picture is gorgeous. Wow, what a place! I could see myself getting addicted to walking/running in a place like that.
All these pics are wonderful!
This is a popular running spot in Boston. I just walked through a small portion, but the Fens are a wonderful spot to explore on foot and by bike. And I loved the gates during the different seasons. So hobbit-like.
Really lovely – I can certainly see why you chose this peaceful start to your days – and why you miss it!
Thanks…it was a fun place to stroll through and to forget for a few minutes that I was on my way to work.
Love your secret place! Wish I could see it for myself some day.
I hope you do. It is such a beautiful spot in a busy city.