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Some travel pictures of San Francisco. We spent the weekend walking through a lot of the city, and played Ingress, Google’s intriguing augmented-reality game. It’s a game that is still in Beta mode I believe, so you can only play by invite right now. Essentially, the game makes you walk around the city on a semi scavenger hunt for public art and monuments. Once you find the item, you’re supposed to claim it by taking energy from it….if you have enough power to take it! Since we’re level 1, and didn’t have enough power to take a lot of stuff, but it was really fun trying to find each item as we were walking through the city. We even found one at our favorite cafe called Cafe Prague! I think we walked easily over 10 miles this weekend…and we got lifts from our friends, taxis, and the metro often too!

The first set here is in black & white. In the hotel we were staying in, there were a lot of black and white photos of the city from years back. That inspired me to take some architecture and city photos while we were walking, and the photos were my inspiration

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June 20
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Tybee Island was recommended to us by pretty much everyone in Savannah. It’s the closest beach from Savannah, so we made a pit stop there to get our dose of sun and sand. Since it was a weekday, we were expecting it to be empty….but it is not. I forget it’s summer, so families are all out with their rainbow umbrellas and coolers. One thing I noticed here that is not in California where I come from…they bring out wheelbarrows into the sand filled with blankets, coolers, shovels, and everything else needed for a day in the sun! That is such a great idea!

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The beach city is quaint and not too loud. There isn’t the hustle bustle of a busy city, and even the kids are not screaming and being too crazy. The beach scene is like a time lapse to the 50s era, with radio boxes, low beach chairs, and vibrant umbrellas. Even the bathing suit styles here are more of the one piece 50s style which I think is coming back big time and so cute.

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June 19
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We took an impromtu road trip to Savannah on Monday and I’m so happy we finally got to see this amazing town. As the oldest city in the Georgia, Savannah still holds on to most of its history in its architecture, in the large oak trees with Spanish moss, and the wrought iron structures that came from all over the world. We ate so much good food and I yelped about it all here at Debby L.   I also made a list of all the places I went to in Savannah so you can check it out here. If you ever get a chance to see Savannah, be sure to walk through all the little niches and you’ll discover some amazing local artists, hole in the wall Caribbean food, and memories to last a lifetime.
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 Forsyth Park is a great place to set up a picnic on a warm day, sit under the oak trees and people watch!

 

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The Paris Market in the Historic District has amazing old Parisian things for sale. The outside decor completely caught my eye and I had to make a run through the store  to see what they had, and also grab a macaroon or two! They also have a really cute coffee area inside the market and if I didn’t JUST come from Coffee Fox across the street, I would have stopped in for some coffee here! It’s bookmarked for the next time I’m in Savannah!

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The Coffee Fox has great quiches and coffee! We tried the Mexican Mocha and the Horchata Latte. Both are amazingly tasty.

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Gotta stop at Paula Dean’s place and see what it’s all about! Butter, of course.

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Finding old and new friends

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Alligator Soul is one of those restaurants where you tell your facebook friends that you’re going to Savannah, and immediately everyone says Alligator Soul. I ran into a girlfriend at the waxing parlor in Atlanta, and told her I was taking the next few days to go to Savannah. She is pregnant and constantly has pregnant brain….but not when it comes to Alligator Soul! This place did not disappoint at all. The oysters a la soul are something to be reckoned with. The habanero sauce that accompanies the dish brings it just to another level. The Hilbo sauce is the chef’s signature, and it is incorporated into many of the dishes like the ribeye and lamb.

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Candy stores are all over the Historical District, so we stopped by the River Street Sweets near our hotel. The praline bites are made in house, fresh, and they let you sample a piece as soon as you walk in. They are quite addicting so don’t be shocked if you walk out with a fresh bag of them to take home!

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Hueys on the River is a must do for breakfast brunch. They are located on the riverfront, so you can walk through the whole strip to shop, buy souvenirs, get ice cream…and then have brunch here. The parmesan garlic grits are some of the best I’ve ever had, and the crab cake benedict is hands down my favorite benedict thus far.

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March 20
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We went back to Panama City Beach [PCB] again this past weekend because we just couldn’t get enough of it. A different beach front condo called to us, and we were so happy to be back at the beach again. We got there right when spring break was happening, so it was fun to see the difference in atmosphere the moment we arrived. When I got out of my car at the beach house, a loud “wooooooot!!!!” came out of nowhere, and I was turning in circles trying to figure out where it came from. A few moments later, it came again, and we realized that it was from the vespa drivers on the road, saying hello to everyone they drove by.

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February 04
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We spent one of the days in Rosemary Beach, Florida. I have to say, I really really love this little town. We are going to come back for a weekend and get a little place on the beach here. The town is so quaint and old, I just love photographing it. The kids came with us to hang out, and it was a good time had by all!

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February 04
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Our friend flew into Atlanta on his way to Panama City, Florida to visit some friends. We got invited to join them for the weekend, and I was so happy to meet such wonderful people. We’ll definitely be coming back to Panama City again!

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January 29
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The infamous Breaking Bad shot that I came up with right before we got to New Mexico. When I proposed the shot to Amine and showed him the picture, he not only said yes to the idea….but he also had 99% of the things we needed for the shoot! The only thing missing were some whitey tighties, so we made a quick stop to Walmart! Here is one, if not the best, photo of the trip:

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Our last glimpse of the Pacific Ocean for awhile in San Diego, California

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Benson, Arizona

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Welcome to New Mexico

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German food pit stop in Tucson, Arizona

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

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A Breaking Bad moment 😉

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I found my old school gas station!

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January 26
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Our road trip from California to Georgia this January was pretty amazing. We stopped in San Diego to catch a last glimpse of the Pacific Ocean for awhile, stopped in Tucson Arizona for a night, and ended up staying at the White Sands National Monument in Alomongordo, New Mexico for 3 days and 2 nights because we loved it so much. The white sands here are mesmerizing, and we decided to experience the sunset twice before going on to Texas.

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Pojangles of the #shabooms traveling caravan

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