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Archive: ‘Travel’

Linville Falls’ Hidden Treasures ~ A Weekend Journey

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

This past weekend we took advantage of our cool spell (60 degrees & drizzle) to explore Linville Falls and Gorge in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I’ve heard about the Falls for many years but had not ventured there. We discovered  one treasure after another ~ What a feast for the senses ~ The pine scent, the soft cool air on our faces, breathtaking vistas and a profusion of rhododendron blooms. I thought rhododendrons were reserved just for the month of June, but I learned there are 4 varieties and the ones in bloom right now are called Rosebay Rhododendron. I brought my Olympus Pen EP-2 and had a blast photographing Linville’s treasures. And here are some of my favorite images of the day ~

City of Brotherly Love ~ A Family Journey

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Earlier this month we ventured to points north for our summer family vacation.  Among the cities we visited, Philadelphia was our favorite! We used to live there, many moons ago, before children, and have fond memories. We explored Historic Philadelphia, the Reading Terminal Market, The National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Society Hill neighborhood and ate at one of our most favorite restaurant in America – Vietnam. As we traveled through Philadelphia,, sharing the sights with our now 11 year old son, I brought my Olympus Pen EP-2, my trusty travel camera to photograph and capture memories of our family journey. I was attracted to the  historic spaces, architecture and interiors – the quality of light, textures and  how a building makes you feel when you stand in it. Here are some images from our travels  ~


Family Journey Trip Tips ~

1. We used hotwire to find an excellent rate at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia – Historic District. A perfect location, comfortable and gracious accomodations, and a perfectly lovely rooftop pool – A MUST for summer travel. There are many hotels to choose from, but the Holiday Inn suited our needs as a family perfectly.

2. Old City Coffee and Starbucks are within a stone’s throw of the hotel doors. Old City Coffee has charm and was our pick for our visit since we can enjoy Starbucks any old day, but Old City Coffee is ONLY in, well, Old City! Don’t get me wrong, I love my Starbucks frappuccinos and skim vanilla lattes, but OCC is one of a kind. And it’s next to the $5 t-shirt store and around the corner from Jonathan Adler design store, a feast for the eyes!

3. Reading Terminal Market is a must see and visit to soak in Philadelphia eating history. It’s a farmer’s market, gourmet store, international eatery and food related gift store all rolled into one magnificent hall. A walkable feast, shall we say. Please don’t leave Philaldelphia without stepping into this treasure of a market.

4. To experience the historic sites at Independence National Historical Park – plan to spend a whole day just here – you can see the cradle of American history from Independence Square, all you need is a great pair of walking shoes.

5. Our favorite restaurant, Vietnam has a sister restaurant (or shall I say “brother” restaurant) –  in Charlotte – So if you can’t make it up to Vietnam in Philadelphia, come visit Vietnam Grille in the Starmount neighborhood in Charlotte. Brothers Benny and Ricky Lai have opened up successful restaurants in both cities – we are lucky to have both!

Landsford Canal – A Weekend Journey

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I’d like to share with you a delightful place off the beaten path – Landsford Canal State Park in Catawba, SC, about an hour south of Charlotte, NC. A gorgeous spot along the Catawba River, Landsford Canal State Park offers a variety of attractions – hiking trails, canoe put-ins, historic canal locks and one of the largest stands of the rare Rocky Shoals spider lilies in the world. The lily season is now over, but the park offers a summer respite filled with visual gifts.  Mark your calendar for next year’s showing of the lilies – each year they bloom from mid-May to early June. I’ve had so much fun with my camera on our outdoor adventures ~ here are some glimpses into this precious park.

Asheville Blooms ~ A Weekend Journey

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

It’s always a treat to visit Asheville, NC. Each season gives us something to enjoy and this spring was no exception. Colorful blooms, crisp mountain air, delicious food and beautiful art ~ a feast for the senses, a retreat if you will. Each time we visit we discover a new treasure off the beaten path. One of my favorite places to visit in Asheville is  the North Carolina Arboretum. A picturesque spot ~ it has lovely gardens, walking paths, hiking trails, an art gallery and very relaxing rocking chairs. I brought my Olympus Pen-EP-2 my new favorite walking around camera and had a great time capturing the colors, shapes and light I encountered. Here are some of my favorite impressions from our journey to Asheville: (Scroll to the bottom for some fun Asheville travel tips! )

Weekend Journey Trip Tips :

  1. Check out Asheville Cottages for unique private luxurious accomodations a hop, skip & jump from Central Asheville – I highly recommend staying here!
  2. For a fun lunch place in Biltmore Village, check out Gianni Panini – specializing in Panini (of course!) espresso drinks and gelato. My favorite was the Portobello Mushroom/Arugula & Herbed goat Cheese panini with Almond flavored Iced Tea!
  3. For a downtown lunch, head over to Tupelo Honey Cafe. My favorite seat was at the bar so I could see the cooks work together as a team, as they put together some of the most delectable New South Cusine dishes ever.
  4. For a very special dinner check out this gem: The Admiral and that’s all I’ll divulge. According to one friend, it’s the best food she’s eaten in her whole life. need I say more?
  5. Favorite Art Galleries ~ Blue Spiral, American Folk Art & Framing, and the Haen Gallery sit in a neat row on Biltmore Avenue, making it easy to pop in and out of each gallery. Click here for a listing of downtown galleries

Summer Memories

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Happy September!

Amid the hubub of back-to-school and a scheduled life, my mind wanders back to the beautiful summer we had. Let’s see … we traveled by planes, trains and automobiles to islands, beaches, pools, museums, parks and saw family, friends and neighbors. We curled on the sofa and read a ton of good books – we visited a gold mine – ate fresh figs on the veranda and we watched  Spain win the World Cup! Lots and lots of fun. As we stumble back into our routine, we need to remember to infuse a little summer into our fall, winter and spring and keep that sense of wonder and adventure alive through all the seasons. I am excited to share with you some sweet summer memories ~ I shed all my heavy camera equipment and traveled with the Olympus Pen EP-2 a downsized camera with interchangeable lenses. A modern rangefinder style camera, if you will. It was freeing to travel so lightly and fun to try a new camera with all its bells and whistles. Enjoy the view!

{Tomorrow I will resume the blog with news from Nanine Hartzenbusch Photography. But just for today we’ll dream about summer…}

Spring Break ~ Callaway Gardens

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Tomorrow signals the end of our spring break – a time to be with family, relax, unplug and recharge our batteries. This year we chose to visit Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA – a magnificent botanical garden. I brought my camera to document my family’s trip, but also have been interested in photographing patterns in nature – light, shadow, color and botanicals up close. Shall we say a  personal project on the side. The weather was perfect – sunshine and 80s, with a little breeze blowing through. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite photos from our trip to the gardens …