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The most Charming Flower Shop in Beacon Hill

One of the things I love most about Rouvalis Flowers in Beacon Hill is how much it reminds me of a European flower shop. Tucked on one of the most scenic corners of the neighborhood, it’s always a nice surprise to see its ever-changing colorful flowers and plants displayed outside its charming storefront. Step inside…

Travel Back in Time on the Freedom Trail

If you ask longtime MA residents about Boston’s Freedom Trail, most likely they’ll recall memories of a school field trip. Many people think the city’s famous red-lined path starting from the Boston Common and winding its way to Charlestown has been around “forever”. Well, not exactly….

Who was Phillis Wheatley?

The Phillis Wheatley statue is my favorite in Boston. I am in awe of her graceful pose and pensive expression. ⠀ ⠀ Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American female published poet. She wrote her first poem when she was 13 years old. At 14, her work appeared in newspapers and periodicals in the U.S. and…

Beacon Hill’s Storied Past

Boston’s Beacon Hill is an upscale 19th-century neighborhood lined with picturesque streets, brick sidewalks, antique gas lamps lit 24 hours a day, lovely doors and unique door knockers, hidden houses, beautiful flowers spilling out of window boxes and boot scrapers on the doorsteps. It’s a National Historic District that is approximately one square mile with a population of…

The Most Photographed Street in Boston

Acorn Street is Boston’s most photographed street. This famous cobblestoned street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood was laid out in the 1820s. Originally called Kitchen Street because the small row houses were once occupied by the cooks and coachmen who lived close to their employers. Some homes were even used as horse stables at one…

America’s First Public Garden is in Boston

The pandemic may have disrupted our everyday lives, but it didn’t stop the tulips from blooming in the Boston Public Garden or the trees from blossoming around the city during this crazy spring of 2020. The Boston Public Garden traces its origins to marshland that Bostonians avoided in the 19th century. In 1837, a visionary…

Battle of the Bricks in Beacon Hill

One of the many details that give Boston’s Beacon Hill its distinct charm and character is its brick sidewalks. Thanks to a group of determined women, they took it upon themselves to preserve the brick sidewalks for posterity. In 1947, rumors had been swirling that Mayor James Michael Curley wanted to repave Beacon Hill’s sidewalks…

Boston’s famous Swan Boats

The Swan Boats, one of Boston’s most famous icons, usually come back from vacation in April on Patriot’s Day weekend. But, not this year…they are practicing social distancing until they receive the all-clear to set sail again in the Public Garden, the oldest botanical garden in America since 1837. The story behind the Swan Boats…

Polcari’s Coffee – North End

There are several things you immediately notice upon entering Polcari’s Coffee in Boston’s North End: the strong scent of coffee beans and the potent aroma of a variety of different spices. This adorable shop is like a time-capsule with its old-world charm preserved from a bygone era—from its creaky wooden floors to glass jars filled…