Monday, August 11, 2014

Ten Day You Challenge: Places

Well, hello, day five! I suppose it's time to talk about places. I had a hard time decide how to interpret this. Should I list favorite places I've traveled? Places I want to travel? Favorite fictional places I wish were real? In the end, I decided to use a mish mash of all of the above.

Day Five: Six Places

1. My favorite place to be: Grand Central Station. Yes, we're calling it "station" and not the reclassified "terminal" because I think station has a better ring to it.

Suuuuper old (and not great quality...) photo from a trip to NYC with my friend, Mo (well, her name is really Bekah but she {and I} got the nicknames "Mo" on that trip). This is not the part of it that I love, it's just the only photo I could find.

I wish I could explain exactly what it is about Grand Central that gets me. Maybe it's the architecture, the fact that it was the capitol of Cornelius Vanderbilt's New York Central Railroad, outfitted with chandeliers and marble, a nod to the grandeur of his era. Or the magical mural of constellations painted on the ceiling, which seems to evoke a sense that when you reach for the stars, anything is possible. Maybe it's because walking into the main concourse feels like taking a step back in time, like just as it did in 1913, trains come in and trains go out, delivering people to their jobs, their loved ones, their adventures. I have a strange fascination with train travel and it could be as simple as that. Most likely it's a bit of all of those things all under one roof.

2. Place at the top of my travel wish list: Nova Scotia. This should come as no surprise, considering I have a love of sleepy little fishing towns. Top that with the fact that it has a fabulous autumn and looks like a photographer's gold mine, and it practically has my name written all over it.


 3. Favorite place I've lived: Petaluma, CA. I went to college at Sonoma State University, and during my last year, I lived in Petaluma. And when I was a kid, my family spent our summer weekends at Dillon Beach. Petaluma was the last town before you headed "out to the beach," so I spent a lot of time there as a kid as well. Going back still feels a bit like going home, even though it's grown up and changed so much in the years since I moved away. I love the downtown area, the proximity to Napa and the beach. I have my favorite restaurants and bookstores and coffee shops. If I end up having to spend the rest of my life in California, I'll probably move back to Petaluma eventually.

Downtown Petaluma

4. Fictional place I wish was real: Tie. Cedar Cove, WA and Avalon, NY. Cedar Cove is the setting in a series by Debbie Macomber. It's the perfect small fishing community, the ideal place I'd like to live someday. It's based on Port Orchard, WA, so there's a town out there similar, but places are always more perfect in books (and now there's a TV series!). Avalon, NY is Susan Wiggs' fictional town where The Lakeshore Chronicles takes place. It is also a small town, with a perfect town square and perfect little shops and a library and a train station. There's a lake with the summer camp of my dreams. I believe if it were real, I'd never leave.

5. My favorite place to let life's troubles melt away: The gazebo at Rome Valley Vineyards. If you recall from previous posts, Jim and I were married at Rome Valley Vineyards. It is special to us for that reason, of course, but it's position on top of a hill where you feel like you're watching the world below makes it incredibly soothing. Add to that a glass of their fabulous White Lotus wine and you've got the perfect equation for some serious relaxation.

6. Place I've visited where I wish I could live: Oia, Santorini, Greece. Jim and I actually looked into the cost of real estate when we were on our honeymoon. As soon as we've got an extra million lying around, we are there! I know it would be hard to live on an island, especially a foreign one, but look at this place!

There you have it! Six places that are, in some way, special to me. Care to share a place that you love?


  1. Grand Central is wonderful! Nova Scotia is on my list of travels as well, also Quebec because I have heard it is very French. Rome Valley is a no-brainer. Anyone could relax with a view like that. Always seems to be good company too. I spent half a day in Santorini while crusing the Greek Isles 9 years ago. It would be a dream to go back. Great post Steph! Loving this series.

    1. Yes, Quebec is supposed to be very French. I've never been, but I did love Paris!

  2. I love Rome Valley Vineyards! One of these days I'd love to add London and New England to my list of places to visit. Also, a trip to New York id on that list as well. One of these days I will make it happen!

    1. I had such a hard time with this one because I love so many places! London is definitely a fave. So is Seattle, Paris, Gettysburg, Disneyland! It was so hard to choose!