A Winter Visit to the Hill

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We locals call it the Hill. To visitors it is Beacon Hill, a section of Boston. I love Beacon Hill and I try to go as often as I can. It’s unique in its neighborhood style, yet it is an upscale section of Boston where the elite live and shakers visit. So many beautiful Brownstones, which are really made out of brick, so many shops and restaurant to entertain any visitors. Something for every one. A completely walkable section of Boston. Little hotels and big ones also, are nestled into the area. The Boston Public Gardens and The Boston Common grace one side of the hill. A gathering spot for families and people watchers. Even on this rainy day people are out and about. Perhaps a little shopping, a glass of wine or maybe that special treat from Tatte’s Bakery and Cafe. If you have been following me here or on Instagram you know my love of Tatte. The Hill is an old aristocratic part of Boston, where the wealthy dwell. It has a wonderful history. One of my favorite books from my Mother’s collection was Joy Street. Read it and it will take you back. This day, I didn’t climb to much of the Hill. The above view is of Charles St. my favorite street in Boston. Come on, I’ll show you a couple of my other favorite haunts on the Hill.

This is  Tatte’s on Charles St.  I alway go here when I’m in town. I love their Matcha Tea Latte…and all of the treats. This lady was enjoying her lunch and I couldn’t help but take a photo through the old window. Looks like lunch and a bit of readying time. Perfect rainy day activity and perfect seat for people watching.

This is Tatte’s on Charles St. I alway go here when I’m in town. I love their Matcha Tea Latte…and all of the treats. This lady was enjoying her lunch and I couldn’t help but take a photo through the old window. Looks like lunch and a bit of readying time. Perfect rainy day activity and perfect seat for people watching.

Also, I was able to photograph the bag, flowers and an ice coffee. The owners encourage photo’s so it’s a really comfortable place to practice your still life photography. I got my tea and the best Almond Croissant ever.

Also, I was able to photograph the bag, flowers and an ice coffee. The owners encourage photo’s so it’s a really comfortable place to practice your still life photography. I got my tea and the best Almond Croissant ever.

Beacon Hill has the most beautiful doorways especially in the area known as Louisburg Square. That’s where the super rich live, amongst them, John Kerry and his wife Theresa Hines of the Hines catsup family. A really gorgeous circle of victorian homes with a beautiful garden in the center.

A road leading up to the Hill. Snow and two side street parking makes for some tricky driving in the winter. All of the parking on the side streets is resident only. Makes it hard to find parking for shopping but we always manage to get a spot.

A road leading up to the Hill. Snow and two side street parking makes for some tricky driving in the winter. All of the parking on the side streets is resident only. Makes it hard to find parking for shopping but we always manage to get a spot.

Then there is Acorn Street. A wonderfully cobblestoned street at the very top of the Hill. It looks down to the lower streets going parallel to the Hill. This is probably the most photographed street in Boston so you have to be a little creative in your composition. I say, go low.

Then there is Acorn Street. A wonderfully cobblestoned street at the very top of the Hill. It looks down to the lower streets going parallel to the Hill. This is probably the most photographed street in Boston so you have to be a little creative in your composition. I say, go low.

Another coffee shop and book store. Imagine my surprise when I walked up to this store front and saw my son sitting in his “office window”…What a treat that was. He was quite surprised to see us also. You never know who you will run into when you are out and about. So our adventure into Boston had bonuses. I love when that happens.

Another coffee shop and book store. Imagine my surprise when I walked up to this store front and saw my son sitting in his “office window”…What a treat that was. He was quite surprised to see us also. You never know who you will run into when you are out and about. So our adventure into Boston had bonuses. I love when that happens.

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Double bonus. My son was at a bookstore cafe and there is no better way to end a special day than at a bookstore. This is one of our favorites, Porter Square Book Store. This table pulled me in and I saw several books that I wanted to buy but I only went home with Brass…Sounds wonderful. I also have this photo for a reference so that I remember to buy The Red Address Book. So many books, so little time..

A beautiful day for me and Jim in the city of Boston. Charles St., Beacon Hill, a great book store and my son. Who could ask for anything more on what started out as a dull, drab rainy day and fate turned it into a big, robust day full of beauty…Don’t let the weather stop you from going on your own adventure in the winter. There might be a surprise for you also, right around the corner.

All the Beacon Hill outside photos were taken with the Fuji XT-2 and Fuji 18-135mm lens. All the inside photo’s were taken with the iPhone 7Plus.

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