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I'm not sure how this week has gone by so fast but it is indeed once again Thursday.
So here are my Thursday 13.
My Favorite 13 Places [Thus Far]
1. My Godparent's Farm
My godparents live on a farm [around 13 acres] in the state of Washington. The farm was passed down to my godmother by her grandmother. My godfather built a beautiful house on the property from the ground up. It's such an incredibly peaceful place. I've spent some of my favorite memories there from hiking to pick blackberries with my godfather to making mayonaise from scratch with my godmother.
Four years ago I took a trip to Scotland with my family. We visited many castles and got the chance to stay at a beautiful B&B on Loch Locky. Loch Locky is one of the homes of large unknown sea creatures at 11 miles long and 500 feet deep. Surrounded by green hills it's absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Edinburgh is also one of the most unique places I've been with a city street and being able to just turn and see rolling hills and a castle.
3. The Outer Banks of North Carolina
I spent part of my summer there last year with 3 of my best friends and through the lightning storms and climbing to the top of the Currituk Lighthouse to trudging through the heavy white sand I had a wonderful time.
4. Capitola, California
Capitola is a beach town in California in the Santa Cruz mountains. My childhood consisted of many weekends with my dad driving up into the hills and spending the day at the beach with our ice cream and homemade waffle cones in hand.
5. Carmel, California
My dad lived in Carmel numerous times during his childhood. My mom and dad got married and had their first house in Carmel as well. It's a magical place where the ocean is always a vibrant color and sparkles in the sun.
6. Lake Tahoe
If you've ever been to Lake Tahoe you know the beauty. I'm honored to be able to say that I got the chance to live there for 4 years of my life. While I'm not a winter sports person I love the snow and the feeling of waking up on Christmas morning with the feeling of being in a snow globe.
While I'm not a fan of the humid weather I'm a fan of the culture. Luaus are amazing with the food, dancing and fire. I'm also fascinated with the cooking of the pig in the ground [though I don't eat it.]
8. London, England
I grew up as the younger sister of an actress. I've acted as well for quite a bit of my life but I've found I much prefer to be behind the scenes or in the audience. I especially love musicals. I first went to london when I was 9 years old and loved getting lost in the world of The Lion King, Chicago, Fame and numerous other shows. I've gone back a couple of times since then and have found that the wonderful world of the stage is still there.
9. San Francisco, California
I grew up in the Bay Area and have always enjoyed going to Giant's games. I remember spending one of my one-digit birthdays in San Francisco at the teddy bear factory with my mom as my sister was in drama classes. I also think it's amazing to walk down the street and see the extreme diversity of people.
Simply stated, I've never seen a place so incredibly green and full of life.
11. Caribbean Islands
As a photographer I love to shoot hundreds of pictures when I go to new places. [Thank you digital technology!] I've realized when reviewing my pictures [from every trip in the Caribbean] that all of the photos turned out wonderfully. The setting really doesn't allow for a bad picture. And the most colorful sunsets I've ever seen.
While I haven't been back to France since I was 9, I still remember the architecture. From the Arch de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower, looking to the sky the structures were massive [once again it may be because of my size at the time] and detailed.
I've been blessed to have had the chance to travel as much as I have. I've also lived in numerous different houses up until this point. But no place I have ever been compares to sitting around a table with the people that mean the most to me in the place I call home.