Friday, July 31, 2009

San Antonio Weekend

So, my friend Shanna called me up yesterday with a free trip to San Antonio and I took her up on it. However, I left so quickly that I didn't bring the connection to upload pictures. However, it's been a fun day.

I went and saw all the missions (except the Alamo which I've already seen plenty of times). The Top 10 San Antonio book said to try this BBQ place called Bill Miller's BBQ, or something like that, but it wasn't good. In fact, they didn't swear by their BBQ as much as their fried chicken...and last time I checked fried chicken was not bbq. Thanks, San An...

Then I met Shanna at the River Center Mall for some shopping. Got a cute San Antonio picture frame, ornament and children's book. Then we went to the Convention Center and watched a talent show of choir directors which is part of Shanna's convention.

After that we went to the River Walk and eat some Mexican food and a big margarita. [Not without waiting 30 minutes in the 95 degree heat.] Good times though! The mariachi band was great.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to see the Alamo IMAX, maybe the McNay Museum, and go to Market Square for some shopping and authentic Mexican food before heading home.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Ok, so I've talked to a few people and feel bad because I never finished the trip. I was getting tired of traveling so I made it home July 4 at like 3am. My dad breathed a sigh of relief and things went back to normal. I'm just working on school stuff and organizing things. As August approaches I'll be getting ready for school to start. Always exciting for a brand new start!

Check back for some fun places as time goes on. :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Day 17: Old Lyme, CT

Ok, I finished up the Hill-Stead Museum today and stayed at the Bee and Thistle Inn. Time to go home! I'll leave tomorrow morning after a good night's sleep. It will probably take me about 3 days to get home but hopefully can see home by July 4. I'll post some more pictures if I get the chance. Thanks for reading and sharing my journey with me. Hope to see you soon!

Day 16: Ridgefield and Westport, CT

OMG FINALLY! I've been working on uploading these pictures for 2 days now. Last night I got the previous days up but then I couldn't get a wireless signal to save my life. Then today my the site is being goofy about uploading pictures.'s YESTERDAY's adventures... I started the day in Ridgefield, CT which is closer to the NY border so I drove a good hour or so from the northern coast.
The Book talked about Chez Lenard which is a hot dog stand that's been in business for over 150 years. The vendor was the actual owner and he couldn't have been nicer. These aren't your average hot dogs, though. They are french hoity toity dogs. The one talked about in the book has toppings of french cheese fondue cooked in a white wine sauce. I asked for that one but the vendor suggested the Le Suisse (I believe it was called) blah blah blah blah with something extra...which turned out to be horseraddish sauce. It was shown on an episode of Martha Stewart and won all these fancy awards. So I hesitantly tried it and it wasn't bad. Very filling. In case I didn't like it I ordered a regular, plain hot dog just instead and ended up eating that for snack after shopping haha.
After shopping in the coolest toy store and children's book store I went to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. It was craaaaazy. I have some pictures I'll post on my regular sight soon that show some of the exhibits. Craziness for sure. You know how men hang antlers and animals on the wall? Well these were animal bodies with human heads. Definitely spooky yet, I think it was saying something.....
Then I drove a good 20 minutes or so to the Bruce Museum which was actually on my things to do list a week ago but Greenwich is just so far away. It's right on the border and I've been doing things about an hour and a half away. However, I was closer and, although the picture makes you think it's like 5 was just one. So, it was cool. The greatest thing??? All museums are FREE on Tuesdays. :)
After the museum it was time to check in to the Inn at National Hall. GREAT place! It looks more like a NYC apartment building to me. However, when you go in those doors it's just an elevator. So, I was completely stumped. (You have to go up to the 3rd floor.)
Each room has a theme and I had the Lemon Room...everything was yellow...duh, huh?
For my evening entertainment I went to the Westport County Playhouse and saw "tick, tick...Boom!" about a guy who turns 30. Throughout the whole thing I started thinking...that is all gonna happen to me way too soon.
I'm going to go for a walk and take some pictures of where I am currently. Then I'll come back and post them on here. (There is no tv at this inn but there is wireless internet so we're good!)