I didn’t realize it until I left Morocco and backed up all my photos on my computer, but I guess I really loved shooting photos of Moroccan doors! I don’t know how many I ended up with in total, but here’s a selection of 13 of my favorites. Most of the blue ones you’ll see are from Chefchaouen, but the rest were from Tangier, Marrakech, and Fes. I absolutely love Islamic architecture and the ornate tile work on some of these doors. (Also, I’m always sort of curious what kind of magic lies behind them!)
Situated in the Balkans along the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is one gorgeous country. While there, I visited three regions: Bay of Kotor, Budva Riviera, and Central.
The Bay of Kotor is a UNESCO Heritage Site and is considered one of the most beautiful bays in all of Europe, and I certainly can’t disagree. I have to say that I was totally taken by the country, and especially the Bay of Kotor. I’d go out on a limb and say that the Adriatic rivals the Mediterranean in terms of beauty. The greens were lush, the water was a cool cobalt blue, and the terracotta rooftops were the icing on the cake.
I’ve been to Amsterdam a couple times. And speaking as a woman who loves the Netherlands, I really didn’t get the warm fuzzies from its capital city. There wasn’t really a reason why I didn’t like it–nothing bad happened while I was there, everything was perfectly pleasant, the weather every time I went was fine–but I guess there also really wasn’t a reason why I did like it. I just didn’t see the wow factor. Yes, it is beautiful. Yes, it has charm. There’s a ton of history there. It’s got great museums, restaurants, architecture, public transportation, etc. But I guess other cities in the Netherlands won my heart.
Kasteel de Haar is just outside Utrecht in the Netherlands. And talk about idyllic. The castle itself is magnificent, boasting 200 rooms and 30 bathrooms, and dates back to 1892. The grounds on which it sits are pristine. In the autumn, the lush green grass was dotted with fallen yellow, orange, and red leaves. The tree- and hedge-lined paths looked like they came straight from a movie set. There’s a small sculpture garden to take a little stroll through. And to top it all off, there are swans!
Boston is one of my favorite cities in the United States. I visited for the first time when I was in high school and I absolutely fell in love with it. It was the place I’d dreamed of going to college, of pursuing a career in journalism, of enjoying the romanticism of the snow, of ducking into Quincy Market for a lobster roll or a bread bowl of clam chowder. I loved the architecture, the history, the accent, the culture.
I’m headed home to good old south central Pennsylvania for the holidays. I leave tomorrow and will spend five wonderful days visiting my family and friends.
I realized that I’ve never written much about where I’m from. I guess when you live in a place your entire life it’s hard to think of it as a tourist destination or a place anyone else in the world would want to visit. Honestly though, the area has a lot to offer.
I grew up in York, PA. I doubt most non-Yorkers know this, but it was the first capital of the United States. So, we have that. The city also features a ton of preserved historical sites, a pretty awesome central market, and one of my favorite bars/restaurants: First Capital Dispensing Company. Oh, and remember that band, Live? Yeah, they’re from York. (Big claim to fame, eh?)
I haven’t posted in a few days. It didn’t feel appropriate given the horrific events in Newtown last Friday. December 14, which is incidentally my birthday, was a day I was hoping to celebrate getting another year older and wiser, and I was instead grief-stricken by what happened. My thoughts are with all of the friends and families affected by this tragedy.
I’m not sure how to segue from that into this post, but here we are: Bruges.
When I visited Little Rock a few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was an incredibly muggy and miserably hot day, especially for early-September, but it was worth all the sweat and flush face. There were a few highlights from the walk around the grounds: the curved wooden bridge; the cave with the waterfall blocking its entrance; and the view of the lake through the trees (though, the loud party boats kind of put a damper on the serene ambiance of the the whole thing).