my first shot at a thursday thirteen
|Thirteen Favorite Places I’ve Been
1. Orlando, Florida. It’s the land of make believe and fun. What more can I say? It has great amusement parks, and the general atmosphere of the city is just wonderful. It has attractions for people of all ages. Fun things for kids and adults. Nightlife there is great, too. I used to live there a few years back, and a part of me still feels drawn to go back!2. St. Louis, Missouri. I remember going as a child visiting my grandmother there. There are several fun things to see like a magic house, a large carousel museum (with a carousel that I used to love riding on), the Arch… WOW, the great museums there, too. Of course as a kid I used to be like, oh old stuff… can we go somewhere else? But I can look back and remember it for the greatness it was. I’d love to go back here as well.3. Tennessee. Okay, maybe I’m biased since I’m from TN, but it has a lot of great things to see and do. My favorite parts are Central TN and Eastern TN where the Smoky Mts are. I *LOVE* the Smoky Mountains. Plus the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas are totally fun, too! I was raised in Central TN, so I, of course, enjoy the Parthenon (a replica of the one in made in Greece, which is AMAZING. Run, don’t walk to get there if you can.) It has a lot of other great things, like the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I could say a lot more about it, too.4. Romania. What can I say? It was the first international country I’d ever gone to, besides from Canada and Amsterdam’s airport. The culture is so incredibly fascinating. I *SO* want to go back here, listening Mr. Fiance? I had a crowded schedule when going since I went with a group from my university, so I couldn’t go exploring everything that I wanted. I went to Bucharest and Braila while there, which aren’t very close together, so I also was able to experience a four hour bus trip both ways, which in itself was fabulous. The landscape was wow, too. And now I’m rambling, but when I go back, I want to explore Bucharest some more and go to explore Transylvania and Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) and all of the Medieval towns, etc.5. Helsinki, Finland. And well all of the parts of Finland that I’ve seen so far. It’s all lush and foresty. Lots of lakes, too. And I mean A LOT. I was all smug thinking that my glorious land of lakes, Florida, could stand up to the amount of lakes here… Not a chance. They have more than 60,000 lakes in Finland. Plus a lot of smaller lakes and then rivers, etc. Back to Helsinki. It’s a wonderful city. It has a great feeling to it. Plus, the architecture is gorgeous. I love old cities that have that kind of feel to them.6. Amsterdam. Okay, so I spent one of the layovers sitting in the Amsterdam airport for eight hours, but hey, on the way back through we got to actually see the big city. The architecture was once again AMAZING. It went along great with the weather at the moment, which was on the dreary side, but! I’d love to go back and explore this city (and The Netherlands) more.7. Key West, Florida. Okay, what can I say? It’s an awesome place. The history is a blast. There are cats and chickens all roaming the streets, and neither minds the other much. They have Key Lime Pie on a stick and chocolate covered Key Lime Pie on a stick. Both are AMAZING! And I know you can get them at the stores, but still… Also, there are great restaurants like Sloppy Joe’s. I’m planning on my next Key West run to be soon, especially
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