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Monday, May 26, 2008

Alaska (Anchorage & Seward)







I spent Memorial Day weekend in Alaska. While that might seem like a quick trip for Alaska, you can really pack in a lot of sightseeing when you have 22 hours of daylight. I left Atlanta on Friday afternoon with Smita, Jonathan, and John and arrived in Anchorage at 6:30 pm—giving us a full night in Anchorage.

After checking into the Sheraton downtown, we walked down to Humpy’s where we sat outside. I had Alaskan king crab legs and a halibut taco. After dinner we stopped by a fun bar called Kodiak, where we spent the remainder of the evening, meeting a lot of eclectic locals.

The next morning we awoke early to begin the drive to Seward, Alaska. It was about a two hour drive, but we enjoyed breathtaking scenery, and even saw a caribou on the ride down. We also stopped a number of times to soak up the views.


Along the way, we stopped in Moose Pass Alaska, where Smita got some breakfast at a little country store.




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When we got to Seward, we went to the Docks to catch a cruise on the Star of the Northwest.


The cruise featured an all you can eat salmon and prime rib dinner, and we sailed for about six hours through the fjords, spotting lots of bald eagles, mountain goats, porpoises, humpback whales, puffins, and sea lions.






The cruise was narrated by a National Park Ranger, Ranger Jim:


After the cruise, we headed to the little downtown area of Seward, where we had dinner at Thorn’s Showcase Lounge.


Other hangouts that evening were Yukon Bar, and Tony’s Bar and Health Club as we waited for it to finally get dark.

The next morning we had breakfast at the Marina Restaurant, where I had caribou patty and eggs and Smita had reindeer sausage.



After breakfast, we headed back towards Anchorage at a leisurely pace, stopping many times to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. At Portage Glacier, we took a nice long walk on the Blue Ice Trail. This stop had some of the most stunning scenery of the trip.

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For lunch, we stopped at Alyeska Resort, where we took a tram to the top of the mountain for more awesome views. The smoked salmon soup was tasty!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Atlanta: The Camerons and Wrenns Visit





Last weekend, Mom, Dad, Angela, Chris and Catherine visited Atlanta. It was Catherine's first first visit to Atlanta, and we had a FULL weekend! Above, Catherine and mom enjoy the view from my balcony.

On Sunday, we visited the Dekalb County Farmer's market, then headed to the Collonade for Mother's Day lunch. Afterwards, we went to Piedmont Park after stopping at Gilbert's, one of my favorite haunts, for a drink.



Gilberts


Piedmont Park

One of the highlights of the weekend was the trip to the Atlanta zoo:




Catherine loved the elephants, and the carrousel (of course!).





We also visited the Delta Heritage Museum:






It was a great weekend of family fun!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

New York City, TriBeCa Film Festival




I flew in to New York Friday night for the TriBeCa Film Festival. This is my third straight year attending. It's always fun, and I always see some really cool documentaries and films. Of course, there are also some clunkers.

After getting in, Jonathan and I cabbed it over to our friend Annika's house in the East Village on 12th. Here's the view of the Empire State Building from her rooftop:


Afterwards, we went to a TriBeCa Film Festival event called "Breaking the Band" at Webster Hall with a really great band called "The Hold Steady," evidently a favorite band of Daniel Radcliffe, AKA Harry Potter. (At least according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hold_Steady)

Then, we grabbed Indian food at Taj Cafe on 6th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues.

On Saturday, we checked out the film Gotta Dance, a documentary about senior citizens who try out for a hip-hop dance team for the Jersey Nets! It's a great, uplifting movie that proves you are as young as you feel. It was my favorite of the festival.

Learn more about the movie here: http://www.gottadancethemovie.com/

After the movie, I got the chance to meet the cast. Here I am with the dancers.


We stopped by Whole Foods and bought cheeses and things to snack on, then headed out to a Belgian bar for Belgian beers before eating again at a GREAT find, "Dumpling Man." If you are in the neighborhood and want cheap eats, it's at 100 St. Mark's Place. (www.dumplingman.com)

Sunday morning we saw a film I thought was interesting, but it really wasn't my cup of tea: War, Inc. Much better than the movie was the brunch that followed it, which included all you can drink mimosas and bloody mary's for $15.95. Great little place. The only drawback was there was no outdoor seating. But I got over that quickly. So try out Marion's--354 Bowery at 4th Street. (www.marionsnyc.com)

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