Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday's Five Facts: Cities I love to visit.

In keeping with the vacation theme I've got going on this week. I thought I'd share with you five places I have never lived, but love to visit.

1. New Orleans, Louisiana
The first time I went to New Orleans was in April 2008. I  rode down from Maryland in a very small car with four other women from my college to attend V to the Tenth, a 10th anniversary celebration of the Vagina Monologues and the VDay movement. Since time was limited during that trip, and since I was still a few weeks shy of my 21st birthday I didn't get to truly enjoy the city. From what I did see during that weekend, I fell in love and knew I had to go back.

Outside the Super Dome in 2008
I made two more trips two New Orleans. One during my road trip/ move from Maryland to Austin, TX in June 2009, and another to visit my bff Katy in September 2010 when she lived there. I love the food, the music,the history, the lack of open container laws, and how friendly the people are. I was seriously bummed when Katy moved to the LA area, because it means I no longer have an excuse to visit New Orleans.

One of my favorite pictures from my 2009 trip- tombs in an above ground cemetery.
2. Seabrooke Island/ Charleston, South Carolina
Summers in highschool my mom, sister and I would meet up with my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins  at a condo on Seabrooke Island, South Carolina. You may recognize Seabrooke as the location for the movie the Notebook. It's jut as beautiful as you'd imagine! We'd spend the week going to the beautiful beaches, and making the occasional trip into Charleston for some barbecue and to see the sites. I haven't been since I was about 16, but I'm dying to go back some day.

3. San Antonio, Texas
We didn't really take family vacations when I was a kid, but we did do a long weekend trip to San Antonio almost every summer. We'd go to the Alamo, the Riverwalk, Seaworld, and then do some back to school shopping at the outlet malls. I've made a few day trips there as an adult and have fallen back in love with the city. I love San Antonio because there is shopping, history, and delicious food all in one place!

In front of the Alamo in 2009
3. Washington, D.C.
Other than Boston, DC is the only major East Coast city I can see myself living in. I lived in Takoma Park, MD (about 5 blocks from the District) for about two months in summer 2008 and I've spent a lot of time in the DC area visiting friends, attending events, and sight seeing. DC has a ton of history, some really amazing restaurants, a great transit system, and lots of green space. I love the cherry blossoms in the spring, the Folk Life festival in the summer, and the National Christmas Tree in the winter. I also love going to the National Zoo and the Smithsonians because they're all free!

My favorite DC memory is definitely attending President Obama's inauguration in January 2009. It was so cold!
 4. New York City, New York
As a theater buff and fashion lover, I guess it's impossible not to love New York. I have only been into the city a few times, but I always enjoy myself. Mike is from just outside of the city, so I hope many more visits are in my future. As fun as it is to visit, I have no desire to ever live in NYC. It's just too big for me!

In front of the Empire State Building, 2007
Rockefeller Plaza, 2007
5. Baltimore, Maryland
One of my biggest regrets is that I lived in Maryland for 8 years but only made it up to Baltimore a handful of times. It really is a fun, quirky city (think of how it's portrayed in John Waters movies, but take it down a few notches). Mike and I have talked about moving to the Baltimore area in a few years, so maybe I'll be seeing lots of it in the future.

8 comments:

  1. AW how fun, you have been to so many cities! Jealous. My favorite/need to go back to explore some more because I didnt is Chicago. LOVED Chicago.

    Sara
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  2. New York is my favorite city, but I'm biased since I lived there :) DC is another one of my favorites since I went to college in Maryland and visited all the time. Have a great weekend!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  3. I've never been to Texas and would love to visit some time! Have been to DC, Maryland, and NYC... I think you would LOVE these cities!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  4. I've only been to New Orleans, so I guess I need to do some traveling!

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  5. Ive always wanted to go to New Orleans, it looks like such an amazing town and I've always heard the food is amazing! I've travled mostly along the Rockies and up and down the west coast, I love Portland and Seattle and Bellingham, but I'd love to go back to Mexico if I could afford it. :)

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  6. This makes me want to travel!! I'm actually going to Baltimore on Friday on our way to New Jersey. I love it there!

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  7. I still haven't been to New York. But, I have been to New Orleans and I loved it. I also visited Charleston once and thought it the most beautiful city ever. With amazing food!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Gracey

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