Black History Month…Travel Tuesday style!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial - Washington DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – Washington DC

In addition to being a month full of national events and holidays, February is Black History month! I was raised to believe that February is one of the most important months of the year (outside of May, birthday!), and my family and I celebrated tidbits of Black history each day throughout the month.  These days it seems like African-Americans are making history and dispelling stereotypes left and right – word to President Obama and Gabby Douglas to name a few.  One stereotype that I work to combat everyday is the idea that African-Americans don’t, or rarely travel.  This has never been my case, but I know that I am so lucky to have a set of parents that instilled a love of travel within me at an early age and could afford to show me different areas of this country and the world that I now aim to share with you!  Fortunately, I’m not the only one! Here’s a spotlight of my favorite African-American travel blogs and bloggers.

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Food Friday: SoBou in New Orleans

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Duck debris beignets at SoBou in New Orleans

Duck Debris and Butternut Beignets at SoBou in New Orleans

Happy February! I’ve decided to write a new weekly post about my second favorite love (after travel): food.  In my opinion, food can be just as transporting as travel and is often times an integral part of learning about a destination.  Unlike some avid eaters, I like to eat AND cook so I’ll be not only posting about amazing dining experiences but some of my own successful and not-so-successful cooking experiences.  Over the years I’ve had a great time learning, usually self-taught by following a recipe, how to cook different cuisines and different cooking techniques.  Usually it’s a great experience, other times it ends in tears, but it’s always a story! On this first Food Friday, my mind is completely on New Orleans.  The Super Bowl will be taking place in New Orleans this Sunday AND the biggest portion of Mardi Gras is next weekend. Talk about a city that knows how to throw a party!

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Sweetest Goodbye

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Breathtaking Grand Central station

Breathtaking Grand Central station

I drove up to New York last weekend to complete stage three of my move and the weekend turned into a bit of a love letter weekend in the city.  I didn’t intend to spend a magical weekend in the city filled with new and old favorite experiences, but that’s exactly what happened.

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The 57th Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama

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I wish the story that I have to tell was as dramatic as this title implies but…it’s not. As you know I’ve moved home to the DC area and catapulted myself into DC life during arguably the biggest weekend of the year.  I couldn’t move home without at least attempting to brave the cold and crowds on Inauguration Day right??

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A Taste of Texas!

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After one of the busiest weeks of my life, I’ve finally made it to DC and I must say I’ve had quite the welcome! Last night began the flurry of various inaugural balls and I was fortunate enough to attend the Black Tie and Boots Ball hosted by the Texas State Society.  Traditionally, the attire for the ball is just as is indicated in its title – men and women wear tuxedos and ball gowns with their cowboy boots, making it oh-so-easy to dance the night away.

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Big news!!!

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Friends!! I have a big announcement to make.  It’s something that has been in the works since around September of last year but hasn’t come to fruition until now due varying factors.  Drum roll please….

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Southern Road Trip

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It’s no secret that I’ve been craving the South like nobody’s business.  Lucky for me I was able to visit a TON of Southern cities over the Christmas holiday.  I also got the chance to be super geeky and take photos at a few different state lines – one of the EXCELLENT perks of traveling by car (example 1 above).

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Park City, I just can’t quit you!

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Main Street, Park City

Main Street, Park City

I bet you can tell which trip was my favorite of 2012.  I literally have not been able to stop talking/writing about the awesomeness that is Park City, Utah! With the Sundance Film Festival right around the corner, please take a second to enjoy my latest piece for SheKnows: An Insiders Guide to Park City, Utah

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My top 30 travel photos of 2012

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Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in downtown Lafayette

Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana

On this last day of the year, I want to reflect on my favorite 30 travel photos of 2012.  I have been blessed to visit SO many new towns and cities and five new states! All of my trips have been incredible experiences that have allowed me to learn about different cultures, histories, people, and ideologies that make America so wonderful.  I’ve eaten AMAZING food, skiied the Rocky mountains, run off a cliff in Utah, reached enlightenment in Maine, and played tourist in my own town of New York City.  I’ve also learned so much about myself as a traveler – what I can take and what I can’t, and how much I’ve come to appreciate the comforts of home. Here are some of my favorite pictures below, some you’ve never seen before. Let me know your favorites!

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Holiday Travels

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Finally home!

Finally home!

Merry belated Christmas!!  First of all let me start out by saying how happy I am to be at a computer.  I have basically been computer-less since Sunday, December 23rd and although this will prove how dependent I am on my tech toys, I have been going NUTS.  I’ve done a TON of traveling this holiday season and I’m so exited to share my journeys with you!  The first leg of my trip was kind of intense because it involved two layovers.  My final destination was Baton Rouge, Louisiana and I had to fly through two of my favorite airports – Washington National Airport in DC (really in Arlington, VA) and Charlotte International airport.

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