Travel Tidbits from 2010

Speedwell wolves. Photo by Pinaki Chakraborty. All rights reserved ©

I have covered quite a few places in 2010 – starting with Lititz in Pennsylvania and finishing it off with a trip to Montana! In between, we have been to Providence, Philadelphia, Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, Portsmouth, Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Princeton, Albany and Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. We have also explored the casinos and castles of our own state and been to the nearest cities for a spot of entertainment now and then.

Apart from travel, we bought a new car. When you take as many road trips as we do, you need a good set of wheels. Few things I want to share from my trips (they are in no particular order and has no particular purpose):

1. It’s not nice or safe to keep wolves as pets. They may look like big dogs but that’s where the similarity ends.

2. Vermont is a haven for extreme biking. Not just maple syrup.

3. Food destination of the year – Providence (Rhode Island) and Portsmouth (New Hampshire). It’s a tie.

4. The week long trip to Montana gave me a glimpse into America’s wild west, something I have always wanted to do.

5. Pittsburgh is bike-friendly and pocket-friendly. You just have to ignore the angry motorists cursing each other at the top of their voices.

6. Boston Ballet ROCKS! The location of the theater – not so much.

7. If I was Napa Valley, I would watch out for New York’s Finger Lakes region. They produce great wines at affordable prices.

8. I would have visited Princeton again, just to hang out on Nassau street if it wasn’t for the crazy traffic at the New Jersey Turnpike.

9. It was fun to run up the “Rocky steps” of Philadelphia Museum on a balmy summer morning.

10. Amtrak’s Empire Builder is never on time. But the views from the observation deck are stunning enough to make you forget the hassles once you are onboard.

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