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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!

 

 

 

City Love

Baltimore’s Beauty & What You Don’t See on the News

April 29, 2015 in Everything Else

Bright and early Monday morning I was ‘lucky’ enough to have my wisdom teeth yanked out of my head.  That day when I began combing through social media, I started to see people posting about chaos erupting in Baltimore.  With no clue what was going on, I tuned into my trusty police scanner app listened in.  It seemed as though the city had gone mad.  I turned on the news to see images of people rioting and looting through Baltimore.  It was like nothing I had ever seen so close to home.

I live about 15 minutes away from where the insanity was exploding.  Where I live basically straddles the Baltimore County/City line, so I was a little nervous when I saw these images on television.  As the day progressed, fires were started and the unrest only worsened.  I could hear the police helicopters throughout the night.

I’ve been in recovery since Monday so I have had way too much time to lay around watching the news and pondering what is being plastered all over Facebook and Twitter.  It’s truly heartbreaking to see how people are treating our city.  I feel like I need to let everyone know – what you’re seeing on TV isn’t Baltimore.  It’s a small segment of Baltimore.  And it is a result of a city that has been ignored for so long. 

I’ve been to the city hundreds of times, as I’ve lived in the area for the majority of my life.  There is so much beauty that outsiders don’t even know exists here.  All you are seeing lately is the negative, the bit that the news is focusing on because the positives don’t make for juicy stories.

I thought I would use this post to show you the awesome things about this city and why I love living so close to it.

 

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor

 

Camden Yards in Baltimore

Beautiful Camden Yards

 

Straw Flutes in Fells Point

This gentleman was playing homemade instruments on the sidewalk. As we watched him, he stopped and gave my niece a straw and showed her how to make an instrument out of it. He was awesome with kids and really made an impression on her that day!

City Love

This was a photo I took many years ago with my very first DSLR. It remains one of my favorites! This gentleman was standing in the Inner Harbor with a “Free Hugs” sign and people were approaching him to get their hugs. It was a really cool thing to see.

Fells Point - Baltimore, MD

Fells Point – Baltimore, MD

Domino Sugar Factory - Baltimore, MD

Domino Sugar Factory – Baltimore, MD

Fells Point - Baltimore, MD

Fells Point – Baltimore, MD

Artscape in Baltimore - 2014

Artscape in Baltimore – 2014

HonFest 2014 - Hampden, MD

Taken at HonFest 2014. Check out honfest.net for more information

Check it out Hon!

Taken at HonFest 2014. Check out honfest.net for more information

Colorful Hampden

Homes in Hampden

Artscape 2014 Dancing

Artscape: A festival in Baltimore celebrating the arts!

Miracle on 34th Street - Hampden, MD

Miracle on 34th Street – Hampden, MD

UnderArmour Baltimore

Under Armour Baltimore

Belvedere Square in Baltimore

This is one of my favorite places to go! Belvedere Square is full of great shops and fabulous food

National Aquarium in Baltimore

the National Aquarium in Baltimore

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