#Take12Trips: Q4 2014 Edition
To say I have been a lazy blogger is an understatement indeed. I want to blame part of it on being so busy, but I am not about to make excuses for it. The good news is that although I have not been writing as much about my travels, I have still been traveling! The last quarter of 2014 still had monthly trips as part of #take12trips – October was a return destination, but November and December were both new destinations.
October: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
One of my favorite things about my city is the rich history it has. Tourists flock to Beantown to visit Lexington and Concord and walk the Freedom Trail; however, what I often forget is that there are other cities in the US that have a similar pride in their city’s history, and one of those place is most definitely Philadelphia. I had visited the city back in high school when I was doing the college tour, but did not leave enough time to do many of the historical things I would have enjoyed. This October I was back in Philly for my cousin’s wedding and with a whole extra day to explore, I was able to take in key sights like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
Philly is often an overlooked city, especially on the East Coast, but if you are looking for a fun, historical and down to earth city, it will not disappoint!
Top Philadelphia Experiences: The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and lunch at The Dandelion
November: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
One of the reasons, I loved Clare’s #Take12Trips challenge was because even in months where I had no elaborate, international travel planned, I would find time to explore the area around me. November is my birthday month and I have developed a nice little tradition of exploring a new local city on my birthday weekend. Last year it was Portland, Maine and this year it was Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Only an hour from Boston, it is shocking (and a little shameful) that I had never visited the seacoast city. I loved the cobblestone streets, brick buildings and endless water views. It was quaint and historical and it was great to get out of my typical weekend routine and explore different shops and restaurants.
Top Portsmouth Experiences: The charming letterpress and stationary shop, Gus & Ruby, a stay at the boutique Portsmouth Hotel and dinner at the amazing Cava
December: London, England
London was an ultimate bucket list destination and it is a little surreal that my 6 days there has come and gone. Our friends Alex and Zack moved to London back in May and we have been itching for the chance to visit them! We decided to coordinate our trip with the beginning of Christmas season and the timing could not have been more perfect. We got to take in the Christmas markets (yay for finally trying mulled wine), parktake in some of the quintessential experiences of the city and even take a day trip to the beautiful Cambridge. Most importantly though, it was great to be in the company of good friends and have them show us their favorite things in the city!
Top London Experiences: Dinner on the 40th floor Duck & Waffle, day trip to Cambridge, ice skating at the National History Museum, eating a Sunday Roast, tea at the Wolseley, Borough Market (too many to name!)
When I chose to participate in #Take12Trips last January, there were some destinations that I knew I would hit, but London was not one of them. Ending this challenge in one of the top cities on my bucket list was the best possible way I could think of!