Vacation Plans

It’s that time of year again when I am itching for a trip to a far away place.  Since my friend Tana lives in North Carolina, I am traveling there the first week of May to visit her and explore the coast.  Tana lives in Raleigh, NC so we will start our vacation there and move onward to Charleston, South Carolina while I am visiting.

I guess I always imagined Raleigh as a charming southern city, but apparently it is much bigger than I had thought!  Above is a glance of Raleigh’s skyline at night.

Tana is a graduate student at North Carolina State so I really hope we have a chance to walk around campus a little bit.  Go Wolfpack! : )

I have a slight fascination with dinosaurs and “beasts from the past” so I would love to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science during my stay! I’m sure Tana will have a lot of other sites to show me in Raleigh–I can’t wait.  Exploring a new city is always an adventure.

Speaking of adventures, we plan to drive to Charleston, South Carolina the second day of my trip, which just so happens to be Cinco de Mayo AND the Kentucky Derby. Margaritas, big hats (not sombreros) and the beach are all in order. The drive from Raleigh to Charleston is around 4.5 hours, so I don’t think it will be too bad. Plus, there will be a lot to look at on the way there!

Rainbow Row in Charleston, North Carolina.  I wish all houses were this pretty.

One of our quests is to find “The Speakeasy” in Charleston.  It’s a bar that has no address, so you have to know someone to find it!! Apparently it’s an authentic speakeasy-type bar and I am very excited and hopeful that we are able to find it.

One of the longest running plantations in Charleston is the Boone Hall plantation.  It also happens to be one of the most photographed plantations. I can see why!

Before we leave South Carolina, we are stopping at the Isle of Palms for a day at the beach! I can’t wait to soak up some sun and enjoy the warm weather and salt water. Now it’s time to get that “beach body” that I can never quite attain…


Feeling Frenchy

Some days I just really have to fight the urge to act upon my wanderlust…today is one of them. I’ve said many times and I will say it again: before I turn 26 (totally random number) I will go to France.  I’m not letting anything stand in my way : ) This video by Mina Tindle embodies the quintessential French woman and I sort of wouldn’t mind being her.

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Yes, I admit I am a bit late about announcing my new year’s resolutions, but at least it’s still January, right?? I’m still stuck in Christmas mode.  I can’t seem to be able to take down my Christmas tree and lights because I just love the glow it gives the room.  Also, I didn’t throw away my pumpkin from Halloween until about a week ago, so yyeaaahh… parting with the Holidays is difficult for me.

Anyway, above are a few things I’d like to change or accomplish this year.  They are all pretty small, but I didn’t feel like getting all gushy about some of my other “true resolutions”.  I have a feeling that 2012 will be a really good year and I’m going to make it my personal goal to make it that way!! I know all of my awesome friends and family will help make it a great year no matter what, but I’m expecting some pretty spectacular things to happen on their own, too! : )