After leaving San Francisco, I headed back East to spend a month at home. Well…kind of at home.
Home in DC
the Mall in DC
|The Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.|
|The big man Lincoln himself…with some funny characters beneath him.|
|The Lincoln Memorial from the Monument|
|Always gives me chills to stand right where MLK gave his speech.|
|The WWII Memorial, reppin’ my state!|
|OK, so Teaism isn’t actually in Georgetown, but its close, and has the best tea in the world.|
|I love the “old” streets. They’re so gorgeous. Of course, then I moved to the UK and realized…they aren’t *that* old.|
|If you’re a fan of cupcakes and nothing in Europe is sweet enough, try Baked and Wired. O.M.G. Went three times and it wasn’t enough!|
A Nats Game
Up next on our trip…
|Rue St Catherine East, in the heart of the Gay Village and very close to our hotel|
A few good restaurants to try if you’re in Montreal: Dolcetto is a MUST. Its in the Old Town, so you can wander the old streets and take a look at the cathedral, and then try the amazing Italian tapas. Try the pizza with gorgonzola or the gnocchi. If you want to splash out a little, try Les Trois Petits Bouchons. This was by and far the best food I had the entire trip. Solid French food, good wine selection. Try the suprised dates.
|The shores of Lake Champlain, the prettiest (coldest) lake in New England.|
|The main street in my parents’ hometown- nice to know that small town America really does still exist.|
|I couldn’t believe the town bandstand was still standing…I used to play house in here!|
|And of course had to get a creeme from the Village Creeme stand…|
|…and then spend the night at the family farm.|
After a nice night seeing family and reliving my childhood, it was on to…
…to visit my soul sister, Hanzell.
I really like Boston. Like Montreal, its this historical city smashed in the present day. I think these pictures show you what I mean:
|The Public Library, my favorite spot in Boston.|
|I obviously had to have a lobster roll. When in New England…!|
Being so close, I had to return to…
New York City
I don’t think I’d been since moving back to London. The time and space definitely did me some good. I can now suffer the city again 😉 Highlights that I always like to point out in NYC include…
Chinatown and Little Italy
If you love Chinese food (like me), love walking around people watching (like me) and polishing off all of this with a cannoli (as long as there is no ricotta, like me) then this is the area for you.
Do yourself a favor, skip the Empire State Building and do Top of the Rock instead. Also, pretend to be Liz Lemon.
|You’re literally on top of NYC, which means you’re on top of the world!|
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The East and West Village/NYU Area
Holden Beach, one of many North Carolina beaches
|Our family cottage at the beach.|
Phew, getting tired yet? I sure was. All that driving clocked in over 1,766 miles, and we’re not done just yet! Its no wonder I needed a pick me up at my favorite breakfast place of all time (hey, there’s no accounting for taste, okay!), Waffle House. Gosh do I miss it.