Summer 2012: France, Croatia and the ultimate USA roadtrip

May 14, 2012 in Philosophy

After two winters in a row last year–granted, they were California and Australian winters, so no snow was involved–I am more than OK with chasing summer this year. After plenty of beach weather in Australia and Southeast Asia, I’m planning to make the most of the sunshine in France, Croatia and the USA in the coming months before gearing up for my next (yet-to-be-determined) longish-term location.

Annie the downward dog on Laguna Creek, Elk Grove, California

My 10 weeks at home is flying by: I’ve been able to spend lots of time with my family (and family dog!), catch up with my best friends and enjoy all the best the USA has to offer: namely, Blue Moon beer, chocolate-covered pretzels and free chips and salsa. It’s been brilliant, but I’m definitely ready for my next adventure. Here’s what’s in store for me this summer–if you’ll be in any of the same cities at the same time or have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

Christine Amorose and Nevin Binkowski in Corsica, France

May 31 to June 5: No surprises here: I’m going back to Paris, France. I’m beyond excited to meet up with Nevin, my brilliant friend  who I met in Nice (and with whom I explored Corsica). We plan to eat plenty of bread, cheese and ice cream and  drink copious amounts of wine.

June 6-9: I’ll be flying into Zagreb, Croatia to check this country off my list of 2012 resolutions. I need to make my way to Split, and I’m hoping to stop at Plitvice Lakes National Park–rumored to have some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls–on the way.

Christine Amorose and Kelsey Dei Rossi in San Francisco, California

June 9-16: I’ll be celebrating my 24th birthday by sailing from Split to Dubrovnik with Busabout and Kelsey, one of my craziest friends from college. I AM SO EXCITED.

June 17-22: I’ll be exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia before making my way back to Zagreb.

June 23-27: I couldn’t go back to Europe without going back to Nice. I’ll be staying with my host mom in Vieux Nice, drinking rosé on the picnic tables at The Snug (and cheekily trying to get back my staff discount), and lounging on the beach all day.

June 28-30: One more stop in Paris to meet up with a few bloggers and stuff my suitcase with French fashion finds.

July 1-9: I’ll actually be celebrating the 4th of July in the good ol’ USA for the first time in YEARS. You’ll be able to find me sipping a cold beer by the pool and lighting some fireworks!

Christine Amorose and Renee Eggers in Busselton, Western Australia

Next up is a road trip across the USA: one of the last things on my pre-marriage bucket list! My friend Renee has a RTW ticket that lands in San Francisco and flies out of New York City: she convinced me that now is absolutely the right time to see more of my own country, something I’m always complaining about not having done. I will consider the trip a success if we don’t die of humidity in the Deep South in July.

July 10-11: I’m meeting up with Renee in Las Vegas, a city I haven’t returned to since celebrating my 21st birthday in a grand fashion. I’m looking forward to Zumanity, pool parties and trying my luck at the nickel slots.

July 11-13: I’ve traveled to many beautiful places in the world, but I’ve somehow never seen America’s greatest natural wonder: the Grand Canyon.

Sedona, Arizona in May 2008

July 14: I stopped over in Sedona, Arizona when my mom and I drove out to Colorado for a summer internship  at The Colorado Springs Gazette in 2008. I fell in love with the gorgeous red rock formations, Southwestern architecture and terrifyingly steep canyon drive.

July 15: My mom and I also stopped in Santa Fe, New Mexico: I loved the quaint downtown and artsy culture.

July 16: We’ll be kicking off our time in Texas with a night in Amarillo, Texas. 

July 17: Next up is a day in Dallas, Texas.

July 18-19: I’ve heard nothing but good things about Austin, Texas: we’ll definitely be seeking out some food trucks and live music.

July 20-22: We plan to do nothing but eat and drink in New Orleans, Louisiana. Seriously. All people do is recommend restaurants and bars to us.

July 23: We’ll be getting into the Deep South with a stop in Montgomery, Alabama.

July 24: You can’t get more American sorority girl than this–but yes, I am insisting in exploring Macon, Georgia, the city where Alpha Delta Pi was founded.

July 25: Next up is Savannah, Georgia.

July 26 : Plenty of people have said that they I’ll love the vibe of Charleston, South Carolina: I can’t wait to see if they were right.

July 27: Even though it’ll be the dead of summer, I can’t wait to show Renee a few beautiful college campuses in Raleigh, North Carolina.

July 28-30: I feel a bit guilty that I’ve visited the capitals of so many countries, but I’ve never been to my own. We’ll be remedying that with a few days of culture in Washington DC, staying with one of my close friends from the Chico lacrosse team who has lived and worked at the capital for the past few years.

July 31-August 1: My mom’s family is originally from a tiny town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I haven’t decided if I’ll go out to see the sights of Hatboro, but my mouth is already watering for an authentic Philly cheesesteak.

Christine Amorose in New York City in 1996

August 2-TBD: I was 8 years old the last time I went to the Big Apple (the only thing I remember is how awesome FAO Schwarz was), so needless to say I’m in dire need of a return trip to New York City. I’m incredibly excited to explore this iconic city, particularly the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park.

Up next: who knows? 

Note: we’re still looking for places to stay in Sedona, Amarillo, Dallas, New Orleans, Montgomery, Macon, Charleston and Raleigh. If you have any recommendations for budget accommodation (or awesome Couchsurfing hosts), we’d love to have them. 

  • camorose

    Yay thanks for the offer! Will let you know if I make it that far north!

  • camorose

    Oh definitely staying in and checking out Philly for a few days, but thinking about making a quick day trip out to Hatboro–just to see all the places that I’ve heard my mom and grandma talk about while I was growing up!

  • camorose

    This is awesome! Thank you so much!!!

  • LostInCheeseland

    Totally understand. Just funny because I grew up in the neighboring township and I don’t recall many big sites but I guess you’ll find out and tell me!

  • purplekat99

    The Toys’R’Us in Times Square puts that FAO to SHAME! Even as an adult who isn’t much into toys, it’s freakin’ awesome. Something to see, if you happen to be in the area.

    Sounds like a great summer!

  • camorose

    Oooooh will have to check it out! I definitely still love a good toy store :)

  • I’d really love to make it to Croatia one day soon. I’ve heard it’s really beautiful. You’re pretty much doing my road trip route in reverse. I’m so excited for you! I can give you a name for my CS host in New Orleans… that is if you don’t mind a painting of a topless Drew Barrymore hanging above your head and hearing inappropriate stories from the host- but other than that he’s a really good NOLA host 😉 Let me know! We stayed at the Big Texan (home of the 72 oz. steak eating challenge) in Amarillo just because it had all that tacky Texas goodness to it. I can’t believe you’re only going to be in Charleston for a day, but you’re going to love it! Let me know if you stick to your schedule and have a chance to meet up- I’m in Columbia, and it’s an easy day trip for me to head to Charleston!

  • Joya

    This is an amazing itinerary Christine! I’m looking forward to reading more!

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  • camorose

    Oh awesome! We actually have a hostel sorted in NOLA, so that’s all good. Would love to have a mini travel meet-up in Charleston–I think Caroline in the City might come in too! Will have to shoot you all an email, would be fun to finally put some faces to names :)

  • camorose

    Thanks! I’m just finishing up Croatia and it’s been absolutely incredible so far!

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  • David Wolfe

    I’ve driven cross country a few times and just wanted to let you know that it’s going to be tough to spend much time in those cities on that schedule. Some of those cities that you have on back to back days take 10 hours or more to get between. You might want to skip a couple of those towns to give yourself more time in the others. Sedona, The Grand Canyon, Austin, New Orleans, Charleston, and DC are all amazing places. I’d skip Santa Fe since you’ve been there, and Amarillo as there isn’t much there. Outside of Flagstaff there is a large meteor crater that is cool to see if you havent seen one before. I’d also check out Athens while you are in Georgia. It’s a fun college town with a great live music scene. Have fun out there!

  • Think I already told you- but I will be in DC when you are so DEF hit me up!

  • camorose

    Yup, we’ll see how we go–I’m sure it’s going to be a live-and-learn experience!

  • camorose

    Definitely! Can’t wait to FINALLY meet in person :)

  • Maybe I’ll see you in New York City. I’m tentatively planning to work there for a week in September. There are a couple of Context Travel walks (Central Park, architecture) that I’m interested. Perhaps you’d like to join me and get to know your new city? http://www.contexttravel.com/city/new-york

  • camorose

    Fun! Definitely get in touch if plans go through :)

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