A few weeks ago I posted about the wonderful places I wish to explore here.
This week I thought I would post about the wonderful places I have been.
1. The most haunted house in America. In St. Francisville, La there is a an old plantation, The Myrtles, said to be the most haunted house in America. I have been quite a few times in an attempt to meet some ghosts. I have yet to see any, but I do almost faint every time I walk into one of the rooms in the house. Seriously.
deadly house are sexy
2. The Swiss Alps. For those of you outdoorsy, hikers, this is it. The most amazing place you will every visit. There are herds of cows. Each one with a different bell. There is nothing but silence and then the faint sound of the bells blowing on the wind. The cold water flows down from the snowy peaks to remind you that it is possible to be pure.
Oh my! It's me! Hello!
3. San Fransisco. More specifically, the windiest road. Could it get any better? No. Never.
image from ubranlandscape tumblr
4. Seattle Washington. Yet another place with amazingly breathtaking outdoor hikes. In case you did not notice, I love to hike. The difference is in Seattle you can smell the coffee wafting on the air as you watch the sun set over puget sound. Even on its rainiest days it far outshines most others.
5. Paris, France. I went in highschool, and it rocked my world. The food, the history, the beauty. Oh that I could live in Paris and walk down the river on a warm spring day.
image from wikipedia
My thoughts have been wandering of new lands to explore. You see I have a gypsy soul. As seen here.
When posed with the thought of let’s go someplace, anyplace, it can be quite difficult to decide. There are so many factors to consider. The food, the culture, does the list of things to do include the dollar store, and of course can I get a cool t shirt to wear when I get home.
I have narrowed my list down to five finalists (in no particular order):
1. New Zealand. I am dying to see the country that brought us the musical stylings of the Flight of the Concords.
2. The Ice Hotel- I cannot think of anything more romantic than a hotel made of ice.
image from wikipedia
3. The Great Wall of China- A piece of history from a time when a very big wall could keep people out of your life.
4. Amsterdam- Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go to Amsterdam.
image from wikitravel
5. The rain forest- Ever since the movie Fern Gully, I have been obsessed with the rain forest. Just like you I am quite sure.
We went on vacation with my sister, her husband, and her 3 month old son. When I told her that I was planning on writing about the trip, her first response was well writing about me will take up at least one post. I am pretty sure that meant I was supposed to write a post about her. So here it goes.
This one is for you baby sis.
I love traveling with my sister and her husband for various reasons:
They are incredibly hip. As in almost hipster hip. They dress so hipster cool all the time. It is great being seen out with them. Even if we just run to the store they look like they stepped out of an urban outfitter catalog. Therefor, I am cooler by association. Or I look lame next to them not quite sure yet.
In a family of tradition conservatives they are the only ones I can actually have discussions with that don’t end in you need to watch Fox News. Not having anyone to talk to in your family about life is hard. It wears on you emotionally. So simply being able to talk is more of a blessing than I could imagine.
She has the super human ability to only take perfect pictures. Since we are southern, and every good southern family puts on jeans and white t-shirts to take family beach pics, that is what we did. I consider myself a fairly attractive lady. Even a student today told me in the lunch line that I was really pretty for a teacher. But, I cannot photograph to save my live. My sister, however, should have been a model. Every photograph is flawless. Even if you spook her at the moment you take the picture. My dad told me that when we were kids and getting our yearly church family portrait when my sister went up to take her photo, I said “I hate her. She always takes good pictures.”
Growing up we were not those sisters that did everything together. But every year we grow closer and closer. And now that we are both moms with kids close in age I have more fun with her than I ever did growing up.
I love you baby sister.
Upon arrival in Alabama one of the first things I did was look up family fun activities. Sure, I could have looked them up ahead of time, but I live on the edge. There were quiet a few amazing things to do. I even found a list of 97 family activities to do.
Item number 32: walmart- Super great option so much fun!
Item number 34: Dollar Store- Could it get any better than stuff for a dollar
Item number 37: Family Dollar Store- What! Family stuff for a dollar.
Item number 25: Old Time Pottery- Because New Time pottery is lame. This store was actually awesome. If you ever come across one stop everything and go in immediately.
Item number 1: The zoo- It was great they let you feed the animals and a bunch of animals just wandered the zoo.
Item Number 15: Pirate Putt Putt – Dark caves, giant waterfalls, tiny balls a toddler can throw, it doesn’t get any better.
Those of you that have been following me for a long time know I post almost everyday and for me to go almost a week without posting is insane.
I went on vacation. Doesn’t everyone go on vacation for their week of mardi gras break. Oh wait you don’t get a week off for mardi gras. Sucks to be you.
I knew you would all be beyond jealous because not only did I go on vacation, but I went to everyone’s dream location. Alabama. Most dream their entire lives of a vacation on the coast of Alabama. Lucky for you I have been planning a series of blogs to show you through photo and story, so it will be as if you were there.
Part One: The Beach
The beach in Alabama is white sand, crystal blue water, and beautiful tranquility.
Even on a cloudy cold day it is truly breathtaking. Just the wind coming in off the ocean calms the soul. I have often wondered if the ocean breeze was whispering sweet nothings to my soul when I wasn’t looking.
You could see the simple tracks of birds covering the sand. A quiet gesture to the untouched place.
Do you notice anything amiss? Look closer. From our condo I could easily see 8 oil rigs. EIGHT! It breaks my heart. I am truly saddened that there is little left in this world untouched by greed and money.
I hope someone will stand up for our world and the natural beauty that is left.
I don’t go on cruises. Ever.
Now “people” tell me that cruises are so much fun. That is a load of shit. Being stuck on a boat with a bunch of people I really do not want to see in a swimsuit is not fun. Laying on south beach with topless models skipping about. That is fun.
Oh but they have all the food you can eat. Ok seriously? Have you ever eaten good food? Good food does not come with all you can eat options. That food you are speaking of is what lazy americans think good food tastes like. I feel sorry for those americans.
Ok well then what about the excursions? I can fly to those locations and do all of the excursions without being stuck on a boat, while eating actual local food, drinking local drinks, and embracing the culture. There is so little appreciation left for the cultures of the world.
Ok Ok what about the cost? It is true Cruises can be very affordable. But when I do something I am going to go all out. So when i go on vacation, I go all out. I may go on less vacations than my cruising amigos, but I am going on so truly amazing vacations.
Oh and I am afraid of boats.