Travel Theme: Secret Places

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.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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51 Responses to Travel Theme: Secret Places

  1. Mesmerizing and magical.

  2. Rois says:

    These are really beautiful pcitures!

  3. Rosa says:

    can see why you liked the walk through that lovely area

  4. Gilly Gee says:

    It looks like it’s in England! Beautiful photos 🙂

  5. Madhu says:

    I can imagine why this is your secret place! Lovely shots.

  6. scrapydo says:

    A real secret garden

  7. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful! I love walking around because you always find hidden treasures!

  8. Jo Bryant says:

    Oh how I love that last image…makes me think of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

  9. Fergiemoto says:

    Your secret garden! Lovely!

  10. eof737 says:

    Beautiful looking garden. 😉

  11. I have a great secret place for you to go in London. Have you been to Postman’s Park? The tiles are very inspiring. 🙂

  12. ailsapm says:

    Such a gorgeous garden, that second photo of the flower-covered gate is stunning.

  13. eof737 says:

    ✿♡✿Happy Father’s Day!

  14. niasunset says:

    So beautiful dear TBM, fascinated me this garden and your amazing shots… Thank you, have a nice new week, love, nia

  15. zelmare says:

    Magical! If I had to walk through there on my way to work, I would probably always be late! 🙂

  16. 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!

    • TBM says:

      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.

  17. Novroz says:

    Wow!! i feel like seeing images from a book. How lucky you find that beautiful garden/place

  18. beutiful nature -very nice!!!

  19. Carl V. says:

    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!

    • TBM says:

      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.

  20. Really lovely – I can certainly see why you chose this peaceful start to your days – and why you miss it!

  21. Love your secret place! Wish I could see it for myself some day.

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