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Naomi Bloch






Friday, June 1, 2011

Potomac, Md

My husband Byron and I just spent the last few days with friends from California who are true world travelers. As we happily showed them around some of our favorite local sights they kept remarking how this place or that reminded them of Italy, France, or New England.

And as we wandered in and out of the Smithsonian museums, Union Station, and the Library of Congress, they kept commenting on how spectacular these places are and how amazing it is that they are all FREE, too!

Finally, we all started talking about how much beauty and cultural richness we have right here in our own country! I totally agree.

So often people feel that “real” vacations require long car rides or airline tickets, hotel reservations, unfamiliar food … and uncomfortable pillows! Not to mention the time zone changes, getting lost and all the other often unpleasant logistical realities involved whenever people take a “real” vacation.

How many times have you said… or heard others say, ‘I need a vacation after my vacation!’? Traveling is exhausting!

The costs of everything will also continue to rise as oil and natural gas becomes ever more expensive to find and produce. So, finding closer-to-home recreational options is a really good way of reducing our personal carbon footprint.  Not to mention keeping your money in the local economy to boot!

We happen to be truly blessed to live in one of the places that others travel to from all over the world to see. So, how about we simplify our summer plans this year (or next) and stick around here? I bet that if you do it will become one of your most favorite vacations ever!

Check out the various links below, and I hope that they will be just the beginning of a whole new adventure of exploration and discovery into our own magnificent part of the world.

Happy trails and I wish you and your family a safe, happy and very memorable staycation!






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  1. Editor says:

    Hi Naomi,

    Thanks so much for giving suggestions as to how to enjoy where we live. I fell in love with DC 10 years ago when I moved back from overseas. I felt so fortunate to live and work in the nation’s capital and yet be surrounded by natural beauty that makes you feel that that you are in the country as soon as you leave the DC proper. Thanks to good planning, we can hike and enjoy not just what the DC has to offer culturally, but also what nature has to offer us as well.
    Alex SZ

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks, Alex!

      Obviously, I couldn’t agree more! We are indeed fortunate to have such a wealth of cultural and natural beauty right in our our community.

      I do hope that in my own small way I have inspired some to explore this area more than they may have so far.

      But, I also hope that people reading this Blog will feel welcome and encouraged to share their own ideas, suggestions and experiences for places they have visited in our glorious “corner of the world”!


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