Saturday, April 21, 2018

Boston: S is for Swan Boats

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is S which will showcase the Swan Boats.

My second full day in Boston I ventured across Longfellow Bridge, made my down Charles Street through Beacon Hill, and eventually ended up in the Public Garden. 

The lush trees, tranquil lake, and familiar laughter of young children brought back memories of Central Park in New York City. But I soon learned that the Public Garden is a space all its own.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Boston: R is for (Paul) Revere

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is R which will showcase (Paul) Revere.

As is most historical buildings in greater Boston, this famous Revolutionary War hero's home is located in the middle of a very modernized North End.

According to the official website, Paul Revere lived in this humble abode from 1770 to 1800. Throughout the 19th Century, the structure was home to a variety of individuals, commercial shops, and even a bank. In 1902, Revere's great-grandson purchased the home to ensure it would never be demolished. Since 1908 the home has been open to the public. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Boston: Q is for Quincy Market

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is Q which will showcase Quincy Market.

While I enjoyed visiting this bustling area, I must confess... I still think of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market as one and the same. The buildings are distinctly different, but together they represent a vibrant harbor area filled with shopping boutiques that cater to any and every tourist's need.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Boston: P is for Parks

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is P which will showcase the Parks.

While Boston is most definitely a cosmopolitan urban center, greenspaces abound. From the small neighborhood enclosure of Louisburg Square, to Frog Pond in Boston Commons, to the Duck Family statue in Boston Public Garden, there are luxurious respites for all to sit a spell, relax, and enjoy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Boston: O is for the Old North Church

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is O which will showcase the Old North Church.

 (caveat: this post first appeared in October 2016 ... but since it perfectly fit with today's challenge, I decided to revise and republish).

My husband was able to join me for the last few days of my Boston visit, and we enjoyed exploring the Harbor, the green spaces, and the North End. His bucket list items, however, were to see Paul Revere's House and the Old North Church.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Boston: N is for North End

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is N which will showcase the North End.

About a week ago I showcased the letter I for Boston's Irish Connection. Today we will showcase the city's Italian influence.

While I am the equivalent to the human mutt... my husband is 100% Italian. I have always yearned for an ethnic heritage and am forever grateful for his family's acceptance of me into their rich ancestral culture.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week in Review: April 15, 2018

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I would complain about the weather in the Midwest ... 70s and sunny one day and then a return to cloudy and 40s for several days after ... but I know the rest of the country is suffering as well. So instead I will say... I'm sure Spring is out there somewhere!! And I am not-so-patiently waiting for its arrival.

Blogging:

While I have not written a Sunday Salon post in quite some time, that does not mean I have not posted on the blog.

This is April ... the month dedicated to the A-Z Challenge. This is my third year to participate in the grueling, albeit creative, blogging event. The first year I blogged about Paris A-Z. Last year I blogged about Journaling A-Z.

This year the topic is Boston A-Z and we are officially half-way through the alphabet.

Do you participate in this challenge? If so, please leave a comment as I would love to connect!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Boston: M is for Museums

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is M which will showcase Museums.

While I'm sure there are smaller museums throughout the greater Boston area, I was fortunate to visit two premier art institutions: the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I took advantage of the special pricing, which allowed me to visit the latter museum within 48-hours of the MFA for a $2.00 discount.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Boston: L is for Library

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is L which will showcase the Library.

The Boston Public Library (BPL) is an institution. Even those who don't love books as much as I do will find the history and architecture amazing. But for bibliophiles like myself, the BPL is an oasis.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Boston: K is for King's Chapel Burying Ground

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is K which will showcase the King's Chapel Burying Ground.

Okay, I will admit that I am cheating once again. While there is a King's Chapel Burying Ground, I only visited the Granary Burying Ground - a mere three-minute walk away.

While King's Chapel is the oldest cemetery in Boston (1630), the Granary Burying Ground is the third-oldest (1660) and serves as the final resting spot for such notable Americans as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Boston: J is for JFK

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is J which could showcase JFK. Afterall, the Kennedy family is synonymous with Massachusettes politics. And the first time I recognized a Boston accent was hearing Edward Kennedy on the local news. But alas, I did not visit Hyannis Port.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Boston: I is for the Irish Connection

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is I which will showcase the Irish Connection.

The Irish Famine Memorial is a lovely tribute to the brave families who left their native country for the hopes of a better life in America. Located in the middle of this bustling city, I stumbled upon this little park while walking to Quincy Market. I probably spent thirty minutes viewing the statues, reading the accompanying plaques, and counting my blessings.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Boston: H is for Harbor

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is H which will showcase the Harbor.

Granted, I did not see all of Boston. I traveled from the North End to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- and I spent most of my time in the Boston Commons area. So I was never far from the water. I crossed the Charles River every day ... and spent many hours in the Italian section just to the west of Boston Harbor (more on that when we review the letter N).

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Boston: G is for Greater Boston

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is G which will showcase Greater Boston.

Occasionally this blogging challenge requires the author to fudge a bit. Today is one of those days for me.

When I say "greater Boston" I really mean Cambridge. But since I already had a letter C option ... I had to improvise. I hope you excuse the creative license. It certainly won't be my last...

Friday, April 6, 2018

Boston: F is for Frog Pond

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is F which will showcase Frog Pond.

Located in the heart of Boston within the famous Boston Commons, Frog Pond is a favorite spot for young and old alike. In the summer, Frog Pond becomes a spray pool to help residents cool off. In the winter, the Pond is transformed into an ice skating rink. The spring and fall offer a perfect backdrop for a tranquil reflection pool.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Boston: E is for Education

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is E which will showcase Education.

Boston is home to 35 colleges and universities ... most notably Boston College, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts University, New England Conservatory of Music and... Harvard University.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Boston: D is for Ducklings


Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is D which will showcase the Ducklings.

Make Way for Ducklings (by Robert McCloskey) is a children's classic - although I am ashamed to admit I had not read it until I visited Boston in 2016. HOWEVER... I immediately bought a copy before returning home, and I vow to read the book to my grandchildren to make up for my literary oversight.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Boston: C is for Cheers

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is C which will showcase Cheers, the bar made famous in the 1980s sitcom with notable television characters such as Sam Malone (Ted Danson), Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), Cliff Claven (John Ratzenberger), Norm Peterson (George Wendt), and Coach (Nicholas Colasanto).

Although the series was filmed in Hollywood, the exterior shot is an authentic Boston watering hole: The Bull and Finch Pub.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Boston: B is for Beacon Hill

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is B which will showcase Boston's famous Beacon Hill district.

Beacon Hill is synonymous with the city's upper class. Located between the Charles River and the Boston Commons, many notable personalities have resided in the well-kept brownstone houses: Louisa May Alcott, Robert Frost, John Kerry and Oliver Wendell Holmes. This exclusive neighborhood remains one of the most expensive and desirable areas in the city.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Boston: A is for Athenaeum

Welcome to my third year participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year's theme is BOSTON.

Today's letter is A which will showcase Boston's Athenaeum.

Athenaeum, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning. My personal definition of this iconic landmark is paradise.

According to its website, the Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest and most distinguished libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. It started at the turn of the nineteenth century and continues to grow and flourish. The Athenaeum's current residence is at 10 1/2 Beacon Avenue, overlooking the historic Granary Burial Ground. It houses five floors of paintings. sculptures, and literature.

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