Friday, April 30, 2010

Strawberry Fields Forever

Every now and then you need to take a day and just be. Maybe it's a day off. Or maybe it's a weekend when you have nothing pressing planned. But whatever day it is, take a day to just wander. To meander. To have a picnic lunch. To explore aimlessly the roads less traveled. To pick strawberries. Whether you go alone, or go with someone you enjoy spending time with, it doesn't matter. Just go.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

It's always sunny in Philadelphia

It's kind of hard to play tourist in Philadelphia. Aaron grew up in Southern Jersey, 20 minutes from the city, and I grew up sandwiched between Philly and NYC (just try picking a sports team to be a fan of when you're in that position!). So what that meant is class trips in grade school and high school were to NYC, Philly, DC and Baltimore. It was an awesome way to grow up, and I have favorite things about each city that I always revisit photographically when I go back. But what that also means is that going back to any of these cities always feels like going home.
I know you can't really lay claim to "knowing" a place if you've never really lived there, but the history and culture of Philadelphia is so much my own, that paying money to see the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall just seems scandalous. So I was content to meander around the city, taking photos of the things that caught my eye. I didn't capture all the iconic scenes - like the Philly Cheesesteak signs, the entrance to South Street, the shops on Market, or some others I'd hoped to. But this quick tour of the city at least gives you a taste. And yes, it's always sunny in Philadelphia. Just ask the natives.

streets and city buildings
Independence Hall
A Philly Soft Pretzel - gotta have one!
Benjamin Franklin's gravethe Betsy Ross House
The Philly FantaticJust a block off market, between Christ Church and the shops. This is the place I'd live if I ever moved to Philly.
Signs are everywhere

Christ Church

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Sweet, Hot Southern City

No life in the deep south of Georgia is complete without visiting Atlanta (or, ahem, HOTlanta) and indeed it was time to check the city out. So, camera in hand, we hit all the hotspots. Martinis with skyline view? Check. Night time view from rooftop? Check. Chic transitioning hotel in the heart of the city (where the foibles were almost as funny as, well, ok they weren't funny. but it was all part of the experience and the staff was really great)? Check. Aquarium and Coca-Cola museum? Check. Fine dining? Check and double check. (and the best Thai food I've had in, oh, EVER).
Here's a little look at our whirlwind weekend. Definitely heading back soon. So much still to eat (um, I mean, see).