Friday, September 28, 2012

Fabulous Friday - Are You Small Town Or Big City?

By Patricia

I love big cities. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Seattle all have a very special place in my heart. The one and only time I was in New York City was twenty seven years ago. I had three young children at home, and was seven months pregnant with the fourth.
The airlines were selling round-trip tickets from Los Angeles to New York for $88. I knew if I didn't go then to the place I had always wanted to see, I probably never would. My husband and I went for a week, and it was one of the most lovely and romantic times of my life. From the carriage ride in Central Park on a misty morning, to breakfast at the Plaza Hotel, New York stole my heart.
The fact that I am no longer with my husband doesn't take away from the memories that I have of that time we shared together. And it certainly doesn't change how I feel about New York City. I love New York and I do want to go back.

But I also have a soft spot in my heart for small towns. My family and I once lived in a tiny California town that was a stand-in for Mayberry. The Mayberry of The Andy Griffith Show, so that should tell you that it was charming and expensive. (And if you don't know what I'm talking about, google it.)

Across the water from Seattle is a tiny town called Port Gamble, which was founded in the 1800's. It is so picture perfect, it almost looks fake. The Gilmore Girls could have easily been filmed here, and Luke's Coffee Shop would have fit right in. It's a pretty place, and many of the original houses have been turned into businesses. The above yellow house serves a wonderful cup of tea during the day, and turns into a bistro during the evening.
My daughter Samantha and I came here with the children a couple of days ago to walk around and enjoy the end of these glorious fall days before the rain comes. I still debate with myself, do I love  city living or small town life?
How about you, if you had your choice,which do you pick?


  1. I LOVE this post!! I want to take a carriage ride in Central Park one day too. I am a small town gal who loves to visit the city :)

  2. I want to do something like that! Hubby is working so hard in grad school and how cool would it be to do something random like going on a trip to the city! Also one day I want a yellow house like this!

  3. Oh wow $88...I love big cities I lived in the suburbs of Chicago for most of my life and often visited the city. Now I live an 1 hr 1/2 from New York City in a small town. I love living in a small town because of the quiet, piece of mind, and you get to know everyone it just feels more homey (if that's even a word) but I also like being lose enough to the city where I can go often.

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