travels // galena, IL.

I have a love affair with the small town of galena, IL. it is a place my parents would take me as a kid. but I’ve only become fonder of as an adult. any chance to stop, I do.

thankfully, [J] & I had to take the “long way home” on sunday [coming back from chicago], and galena was conveniently in our path. I somehow convinced [J] that I was absolutely starving & we needed to stop for dinner just about the time we approaching galena. and I got my wish, we dined at the galena brewing company. and took a brief walk down the main street. [even pulled off the highway for a quick landscape snapshot].

it is literally magical.

if you have not been to galena, IL ..it is time to start planning your trip. there are great restaurants, wineries, breweries, amazing shopping, historical landmarks galore, beautiful scenery. even better, it’s great during all seasons.

[especially in the fall, when the leaves are changing].

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // galena, IL c/o LLinaBC.com

happy wednesday.

new york city [part II].

this was my return trip. the first time I have been back since moving away, 8 months ago.

if you’ve moved away from anywhere, you know the feeling ..you long for your friends, the familiar sights, the established routine, the scrumptious food. all of it.

welp, that’s me & new york. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a plane ticket back for a visit. even just for a glimpse of the skyline. honestly. but I got better; two whole days, to do with whatever I wanted. I shared a portion of {part I} on monday. that was the sight-seeing, touristy portion. today I share the other part; the “pretend I still live in NYC, casually meet up with my friends, doing what we’ve always done” part. [I really loved this].

meet my

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SONY DSCI knew he’d be busy. I hadn’t planned for much together time. [even though some would’ve been nice].

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I did a splendid job filling my time. if I do say so myself.

on night one, I took the train from our hotel in astoria to my friend, Ben’s apartment. on the upper, upper west side of manhattan. he made me an offer I couldn’t resist – an italian feast ..with wine. [he knows me too well].

homemade italianI had every intention of BTS* out of our evening. but I forgot my camera; I was hungry. & nervous I might get lost on the subway. and so I had to settle for broken android photos. ben will not be happy, so forgive the quality of the above & below. [BTS* blog that shit/blogging the shit].

meet

benjiafter dinner, I scrutinized his lack of christmas decorations [according to him]. and he introduced me to {HBO’s: Girls}. which made me feel SO uncomfortable, yet very intrigued. [thank you benji].

on day two, I dedicated the entire day to my former coworkers. & williamsburg [brooklyn]. actually the plan was to meet for lunch ..we had “lunch” until 11PM :)

meet

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I worked directly with these two every single day, for a year & a half. it was so good to see them again. uber amounts of catching up were had.

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sorry chicago, I’m participating in a love affair with new york city.

[no, we’re still not moving back].
 

I ♥ NYC

hahaha. no, but really.

happy thursday!!

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