Postcard from Montgomery

September 20, 2012 in Places,United States

So, we spent one night in Montgomery, Alabama. It’s on the short list of places in the USA that we wouldn’t go back to. The downtown was eerily empty, the outskirts were nothing to write home about. We stayed in a crappy suburban hotel, and the really cool oyster bar we wanted to try was closed. Yes, we probably could have tried harder–but this was our first stop after the party that was New Orleans (and thus we didn’t get in until half-past five).

Beer bottle bouquet in Montgomery, Alabama

BUT we spotted an awesome beer bottle bouquet at said closed oyster bar, captured some excellent late afternoon sunshine on Alabama capitol buildings and ate some delicious oysters that were covered in gooey cheese and bacon. And Google Maps led us to a trailer home instead of our hotel. So, you know, it wasn’t a total wash-up.

Afternoon sunshine on capitol buildings in Montgomery, Alabama

Afternoon sunshine on a church in Montgomery, Alabama

Afternoon sunshine on capitol buildings in Montgomery, Alabama

Afternoon sunshine on capitol buildings in Montgomery, Alabama

Afternoon sunshine on capitol buildings in Montgomery, Alabama

Oyster platter at Wintzell's Oyster House in Montgomery, Alabama

Trailer home in Montgomery, Alabama

Yup, this is the driveway that Google Maps led us to. Delirious giggling ensued, while I assured Renee to TRUST GOOGLE and she looked at me like I was the most insane navigator around. A good lesson in trusting yourself more than the technology (only when it fails you!).

Have you ever been to Montgomery? Would you go back?

  • Megan

    oh montgomery… haha :) i used to live about an hour from there (when i was young) and yes, it is a city that leaves a lot to be desired. on the other hand, it does have good food when you find the right hood.

  • JacPfef

    ooh it does look eery! especially at that time of day!
    also, that whole trailer instead of a hotel sounds like a brilliant beginning to a horror movie. yeesh.

    http://www.jacpfef.blogspot.com

  • Megan Stroup

    Quick question: I’m sure you’ve posted about this before, but what type of camera do you use? I’m thinking about sending my camera home and just using my iPhone now that I’m on the road so much, but I was just curious what you do!

  • camorose

    I totally wish that first oyster bar would have been open–it looked awesome! Definitely a place where you need a bit of local insight :)

  • camorose

    Haha TOTES horror story material :)

  • camorose

    I use a Canon Rebel Xsi or my iPhone 4S–actually using my iPhone A LOT more than usual now, just because it’s so much more convenient and takes amazing photos!

  • Megan Stroup

    Thanks! I’ll probably just use my iPhone then. :)

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