A view of Valley Forge for Pennsylvania’s 333rd Birthday.
The way this winter has been, I can’t wait to get out and do a lot of traveling, from day trips throughout the mid-Atlantic to a couple weeks possibly (hopefully) abroad. I still need to get a passport, so for now, here’s a few not-so-distant places and events I want to go to this year, besides my upcoming trip to NYC:
- Philadelphia (Pompeii exhibit at the Franklin Institute, S.S. United States exhibit coming up at the Independence Seaport Museum)
- Delaware (Downton Abbey costume exhibit at Winterthur, visit lighthouses)
- Washington, D.C.
- Baltimore & Havre de Grace, Md.
- Highlands, N.J.
Most of the destinations themselves would be repeat visits for me, except for the Highlands area of New Jersey. D.C., Baltimore and Havre de Grace…I haven’t been to those in years, not since before I started with digital photography in the mid to late 2000s. Wherever I go, I’ll post photos on here as well as blog about the trips on WordPress. I also want to work on some creative nonfiction writing inspired by some of these travel experiences, for material toward my MFA. If I do get to go abroad this summer, I would love to go to Ireland!
So excited to be heading back to New York City soon and to see “Of Mice and Men,” starring James Franco, Leighton Meester and Chris O’Dowd, on Broadway! I just bought tickets yesterday for the show and now, just have to get bus tickets from a local company. That’s part of why I’m not staying overnight this time around, like I did back in late October. I think when I do stay overnight there again, it might just be when I’m not going to see a show. I hope that can be a weekend visit. But while I’m there for this upcoming trip, I would love to make a stop at Serendipity 3 for ice cream and also to check out the Strand Bookstore. Maybe I’ll buy tickets for one of the city sightseeing bus tours to get around within NYC.
My “Romeo and Juliet” on Broadway rose from Oct. 26; decided to save it as another keepsake of the NYC trip to see the show.
I loved “Romeo and Juliet” on Broadway - Orlando Bloom is my favorite actor in the role of Romeo; even got his autograph after the show! I took a lot of photos during this trip to NYC, which became an overnight one, just for one night; never stayed overnight in NYC before. After check-out at the hotel, I also had an unexpected trip up to Sleepy Hollow, another travel first for me. I had been wanting to go there for so long, had lunch at The Horseman Restaurant (a cool place, by the way) before touring the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. This trip to the state of New York was the first time I’d ever been anywhere else there besides NYC. I hope to visit other areas of the state as well sometime.
Working out the details for my trip back to NYC; it’s next weekend! I’m taking the train up there, then getting around the city by way of one of the sightseeing buses, along with seeing Broadway’s “Romeo and Juliet.” I got awesome seats! I went through the play’s official website, clicked premium seats and that took me to a tool to pick your own seats from the theater seating chart, instead of the ticket website searching and coming up with whatever ones. When I went to NYC in March 2011, I ate at the Stage Deli and wanted to go back, but it’s been closed since then. I also want to check out one of these for lunch / dinner: Carnegie Deli or Ellen’s Stardust Diner. And ever since hearing about it on the Travel Channel, I’ve been wanting to go to Serendipity 3. Not sure what else I’ll see or do while in NYC, but it’s just for one day. Probably shop or browse at some of the stores in the Times Square vicinity. Sometime, I have to go for a whole weekend as well!
Over the last few days, I contacted a study abroad rep about a summer program in Ireland. One didn’t have graduate level courses, but another did. The second one included literature, history and political science courses, the last two of which I wasn’t sure would transfer because of what I’m taking in grad school. So, I asked about other programs possibly offering summer graduate level courses in England or Scotland. There was one in Scotland meeting all of what I’m looking for…summer, graduate level and creative writing / literature courses. I just have to check on what all I can use out of financial aid, apply for scholarships and try to Scotland program. If all goes well and I study abroad in Scotland, maybe there will be time to visit some sites in Ireland and England in between the classwork.