From the Blue Fish Times travel section: Cold and snowy in the winter months and very comfortable most of rest of the year, Boston is as old as American cities get. Home to a rich history yet it has a modern culture all its own. Boston was founded by Puritan colonists from England in 1630 and became the center of the political and cultural landscape of New England. Founder and Governor of the colony John Winthrop declared upon leaving England that their new colony would be a shining beacon to the world, a city on a hill. Their first name for Boston was Trimountaine, named after the three hills that surrounded the peninsula, two of which have since been leveled. The third, Beacon Hill, though shorten in the early 1800’s. still stands today as the most prominent feature of the Boston landscape and the home of one its most prestigious neighborhoods. Boston is very much a city of neighborhoods. While that can be said of most large cities, in Boston it seems to mean more. Dorchester, for exapmle, began its life as a settlement of English colonists in 1630 and wasn't entirely part of the city until 1869. Today Dorchester stands as Boston largest and most populous neighborhood as well as its most diverse. Boston is a great palce to travel and home to world class food, both local and from around the world. Try the North End for pasta and the Harbor for seafood.