Home is Where the Heart is!

This is my home. Well, I don’t live IN this- I live in a neighborhood. But, this is the heart of my city anyway. You have commercial/shopping areas surrounding the heart with residential areas mixed in. But, I live within walking distance to here. When everything was shut down during stay at home, we’d go out and walk the dogs and this is where we’d be. Walk here, walk around, walk back.

I did not take these photos, but they are beautiful. My city is known for its “clustered spires” and its historic. So is everything downtown, in the city’s heart, is protected. Its all original and cannot be remodeled- only reinforced.

You could live downtown if you wanted to but you’d have to be a gazillionaire. And you’d have to enjoy parallel parking. I would most definitely give up the home of my dreams if it required me to parallel park.

In the winter, so about right now, they drain the creek and bring the water low. There are coy fish in there but evidently they hibernate. Anyway, they drain the water low and put up Christmas light sail boats, and they put lights in all of the trees. It really is a magical place.

Downtown is pretty big and each street is full of little Mom and Pop’s shops like this one. Restaurants, boutiques, salons, scene kids all over the place, hipster hangouts. Some of these places have been there forever. There are way too many “for lease” signs there now. Its a tradition for Justin and I to go shopping down there each year for Christmas… he can parallel park 😉! We won’t be going this year. Neither of us have the time, but also, pandemic has changed things of course.

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November 21, 2020

Beautiful. Far more beautiful than New Haven or Hamden….

November 21, 2020


I dunno, New Haven looked very beautiful according to Google 😅 I have family in CT but I’m not sure where.

November 21, 2020

WOW!  It looks like a fairytale!  I LOVE it!

November 21, 2020


Thank you!

November 21, 2020

I noticed the first picture and saw the wow factor before I read the entry.  Your town looks magical.  🙂

November 21, 2020

lovely!!! such a gorgeous place

November 21, 2020


Thanks!! and I really liked your Christmas decorations too! 

November 21, 2020

I’m beyond jealous. That is absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

November 21, 2020


Thank you!!

November 21, 2020

Pretty much what they all said.

Plus…why give up the home of your dreams when they make cars that parallel park for you now?  😉

November 21, 2020


Wow wow wow! I’ll take one of those for Christmas. Thanks. Black please. I have trust issues… I dont know about self driving/parking/anything ing cars.

November 22, 2020

@acaricature – Ah, so now I’m obliged to be the dude in that wretched GMC commercial that we’re seeing about 50 times a day, eh?  Kewl…I like red!  Tell ya what…if you get that dream house, I’ll get you that for Christmas.  Some year..

I have a Fusion Hybrid that has that lane keeping assist…and it’s so much of a pain in the ass, it’s the first thing I turned off.  Don’t think it’s a high enough tier car to have the auto parallel park but that’s ok…don’t really need it anyway.  Yet.  LOL.

November 21, 2020

Wow. Exactly like a fairytale. In love with this place.

November 21, 2020