Places To Remember
Everyday we travel to different places. Some as part of our normal routines others as part of our travel bucket list. Some places we easily forget while others remain as part of our treasured memories. Some places help us rediscover ourselves while others inspire us to be bigger than what others simply expect us to be. Some places give us that much-needed escape and help us see the blessings of life with fresh eyes.
A Place Called Mystic
Traveling to places brings the most unexpected surprises. On our fifth day in Norwalk, my brother-in-law announced, “Are you guys ready to taste the best pizza in Connecticut?” Like a dose of caffeine loaded coffee, my adventure senses woke up. I replied excitedly, “Best pizza? Where’s that?” He said, “Remember the movie Mystic Pizza with Julia Roberts?” I replied, “Yes, I do remember.” He smiled and said, “Well, it does exist and we’ll go there today.”
On the way to Mystic, my sister and I were able to reminisce the joys of the past and went ahead to plan our next reunion.
We arrived late in the afternoon. In less than 2 hours, the Sun was about to set. As I took these pictures, the rays of the Sun created an almost surreal, mesmerizing effect. For a moment it felt like I was in a magical place I only read in story books. Perhaps I was over imagining it but these was how I saw the place in images. What do you think?
First stop was the Seaport. Sadly, the visitor’s tour guide area was about to close and we were only able to see the entrance of the Seaport. We did get some cool pictures.
On the way to the gift shop, a big anchor greeted us. I quietly told myself, “Wow! Must be a part of a ship. A giant ship!”
The gift shop was full with beautiful things. I went around the Christmas section and found these adorable Gingerbread people.
My son went to the toy section and found this miniature wooden ships. I looked at him silently. Just observing. Before I knew it, I was transformed back in time and saw myself holding a toy boat dreaming to set sail and travel the world. As fast as it hit me, the flashback imagery vanished. Again, I must be over imagining things but isn’t it that once most of us dreamt of that great adventure when we were kids?
My son bought a Boat In A Bottle to forever remember our journey to this wonderful place. What did I buy for myself? Nothing. I have all the great stuff I needed in my iPhone camera.
I heard my stomach growling. Time to eat and head to the famous Pizza place.
While waiting for our order, we had a quick walk to the quaint shops. My wife bought a beautiful necklace for my niece 16th Birthday.
The pizza place was cozy and had the welcoming, warm small town vibe. All over the walls were the various pictures and memorabilia similar to what they have in Friday’s and Planet Hollywood restaurant only it’s all about the movie Mystic Pizza.
As we looked at the pictures, we remembered the fun times during our youth. It felt good to talk about the happiest moments of our past. It’s amazing how 2o years or so felt like yesterday.
Finally, the much awaited pizza arrived. The first few bites I was speechless. It was so delicious no word came out of my mouth. After three slices I told my brother-in-law, “You were right, this is the best Pizza around!”
On the way home, I thank my sister and her husband for bringing us to this amazing place. They drove us for 2 hours so we can experience for ourselves the unforgettable charms of Mystic as well as get a slice of heaven just like what the sign said outside the pizza place.
Thank you for sharing your day with me. I hope this post made you remember the places you traveled that made you happy. Places you shared with the people that mattered to you the most. Places you were blessed to be a part of. Places you wish to revisit one day.
What are the places you’d been too that you can never forget?
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My friends, let us find time to discover and capture the images around us. Take a moment, breath and just enjoy what the season has to offer. You’ll be surprised of the many things we missed in this lifetime. Happy or sad, they are a part of the unforgettable journey called “life.”
Images taken using an iPhone 4 camera with Camera + App and Nikon 1 J1.