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NEW YORK CITY: THE GLITZ, THE GLAMOUR AND THE CHAOS

December 24, 2015 in Everything Else / Trips in Eastern United States

New York City is one of my favorite destinations to visit during the holiday season.  It just oozes Christmas spirit!  The best part is that it’s only a few short hours from where I live, so a bus trip is a breeze.  We took the Megabus on December 12th of this year, which just so happened to be a 60 degree day.  The weather may not have felt like Christmas, but there was no shortage of spirit all around.  NYC is full of glitz, glamour, and pure chaos – but I love it.

We took the Megabus from White Marsh and embarked on our 3 hours or so journey.  After arriving, we did a lot of the typical ‘touristy’ things, such as Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Rockefeller Center.  Trenton wanted to see the Lego Store and Toys R Us, so we made sure to make those stops.  The crowds were absolutely ridiculous – it’s all part of the big apple experience though.

One of my favorite parts of this particular trip was watching the Salvation Army folks singing and dancing for donations.  They were so happy and cheerful and it was infectious!  People crowded around the energetic men and many even joined in on the fun.  As you can see in the photo below, they really knew how to bring people together, and isn’t that one of the reasons we love the holidays so much?

NYC Salvation Army dancing

There is so much to see and do in New York City, but people watching has to be one of the best parts.  There are people of all shapes, sizes, races, colors, and cultures.  You never know what you’re going to find…..like a group of Santa’s on motorcycles driving through Times Square!  Apparently there was a Santa Convention in town that day…..Santas in Times Square

Whether you go for a day or a week, NYC should be on your bucket list.  Once you see it, you’ll become addicted to the sights and sounds.  Unless you hate city life, that is!

Be sure to check out my previous blog post from the big apple, A New York Engagement!

 

 

 

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A MARYLANDER’S VACATION – OCEAN CITY, MD

September 28, 2014 in Trips in Eastern United States

Ocean City, Maryland is a staple of the state.  It’s a mere 3 hours or so from Baltimore and can be a lot of fun for people of all ages.  I remember going as a kid and when I go back now, it almost seems like nothing has changed.  The rides are ancient (and sketchy at that), the people operating them wear the same orange and yellow shirts as they did back in the 80’s, and the greasy food on the boardwalk is still amazing.  The best thing about Ocean City is that it isn’t too far from Baltimore and there are lots of photo opportunities for the wandering photographer.

If you stop in Ocean City, MD, you have to get a milkshake at Dumsers, a bucket of french fries at Thrashers,  a mango Polish Water Ice , and finally a wrap at The Wrapper.  Also, Ocean City, MD over the last few years has also become a popular Dew Tour destination, which I was fortunate enough to photograph with a media pass a few years back.  Check it out if you ever get the chance – it’s a lot of fun.

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Ocean City, Maryland Violinist

Ocean City, Maryland Violinist

OCMD Ferris Wheel

OCMD Ferris Wheel

Ocean City Bay Pier

Ocean City Bay Pier

Ocean City Sunset

Ocean City Sunset

Ocean City, Maryland Inlet

Ocean City, Maryland Inlet

Ocean City Inlet

Ocean City Inlet

Ocean City Inlet

Ocean City Inlet

Ocean City Lifeguard Views

Ocean City Lifeguard Views

The Zipper - OCMD

The Zipper – OCMD

Ocean City Rides

Ocean City Rides

OC Carousel - OCMD

OC Carousel – OCMD

Dew Tour in OCMD - Skateboarder

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