I am a girl who lives to travel. I love exploring far away and near new locales just as much as I love tried and true weekend jaunts to places that feel like home. No matter the destination, I'm all about making memories to last a lifetime and learning along the way!
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Charleston may be one of my favorite weekend get a ways. Just 4 short hours (or about 6 jammin' cds... yes I still rock the cds) from Raleigh, if I am packed and ready to go when I get off work at 2 on Friday, to be sure a cocktail is waiting for me when I arrive at 6!I've been weekending in Charleston for several years now. I've got a solid group of friends who have never not shown me an awesome time. There is just something about that city that makes you not want to leave on Sunday... Maybe because Sunday Funday is always in full force. Even if just sitting on a porch, swinging and sipping vino, holding new born babies- it's just better when doing it there.
The streets are cobblestone. The beaches are beautiful. The Bars are filled to the rim. The rickshaws are lining the street. The resaturates are probably some of the best in the entire United States of America (sounds a lot more aggressive when you spell it out, doesn't it!?).
It is a place where you can relax, party, explore, people watch, dance, lounge, walk, bike, photograph all in the same day. It is a place that draws you in. It is a place where Southern hospitality is proven to still exist. It is a place that has been here since 1670. It is a place where church steeples dominate the skyline. It is a place that stretches the mid vowel unlike any other locale in the South. It is a place that can say they had the first Southern Baptist Church in existence. It is a place that has numerous fashion, food, and culture festivals throughout the year. It is a place of inspiration.
Over the past couple of years Scandinavia has been on my mind. This area of the globe is known to be the some most expensive parts of our world. When I would doubt the trip, I would remind myself "you can't take the money with you" and pretty much just said F it and booked it 3 months out. One of my best gals, Allie, decided to come along! We spent 13 days exploring, spending money we didn't really have, laughing,learning, navigating and negotiating the unknown, oohing and ahhhhhhhhing, riding bikes, walking + hiking miles upon miles, eating, shopping and being extremely thankful for the most wonderful weather.
Allie and I are like sisters, we bicker then hug (or sometimes cry) and move right along. Our traveling styles are very different but that is what makes a trip like this fun. We learned alot about one another and ourselves. We took time / space when we needed it and we pushed each other out of our comfort zones. It was because of these things we grew in ours…
- Is one of only two cities in the world to be home to not one but two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Martin Luther King, Jr was presented the award in 1964 at the age of 35. President Jimmy Carter, in 2002, making him the third U.S. President to receive this honor. Both Nobel Peace Prizes are displayed for your viewing pleasure in Atlanta. http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm and http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov/
- Has the largest single mass of exposed granite in the world, at Stone Mountain.
- Has the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, Winston Peachtree. It's 73 stories and 723 feet tall.
- Has the14th largest mall in the Nation, The mall of Georgia.
- Has 41 public golf courses.
- Houses the second largest theatre organ in the Unites States of America and it's at the renowned Fox Theatre.
- Has an area called Buckhead and owes its unusual name to the 19th Century local general store owner Henry Irby. He killed a large deer and prominently mounted the buck over …