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Now that my first little string of vacations has ended, I’ve finally got some time to post about them. =) You already know I kicked off New Jersey Trip #1 with Suttonpalooza, so this pretty much sums up the rest.

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I made it a point to enjoy a few breakfasts featuring pork roll (a Jersey staple) at Amy’s Omelette House (above) and a little bakery/cafe in Atlantic Highlands (below).

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I spent lots of sunny, relaxing hours at the pool with my favorite magazines and my mom and dad.

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I wore a nautical dress (first photo of this post) to an impromptu rendezvous with my parents and their friends at the new 9th Ave Pier in Belmar.

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I spent an evening chasing the sunset around the marina in search of the perfect shot.

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My mom and I paid a morning visit to the Twin Lights

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…followed by an afternoon in the city…

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…where we ducked into La Maison du Chocolat to avoid a drizzle and split an eclair between shops on Madison Avenue…

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…and then indulged in just a few pastries more at Ferrara after dining al fresco in Little Italy.

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I sought some late afternoon shade in the old Casino with my best friend and her little girls on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.

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I picked up a few treasures along the way¬† — a classic striped top (St. James), madras shorts (Cape Madras via Brave New World), Saltwater Soap (Saipua via Warm), and starfish earrings from a boutique on the boardwalk. I bought my friend Tina a matching pair, too. =)

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I met my mom for lunch on the boards before I left to drive home. Nothing beats a cold Diet Coke in a shiny red cup on a sizzling afternoon.

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I raced the sunset down to the bridge. It was nothing short of perfect timing as I (literally) swerved off the road at the CBBT scenic overlook and launched myself out of the car to snap this shot just as the sun was dipping below the horizon.

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I stopped to revel in the last 20 minutes of my trip. After the sun went down, I rolled down the windows, sat back in the driver’s seat, stared out over the bay, and savored a cup of she-crab soup I picked up from The Great Machipongo Clam Shack.

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Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Cecelia says:

    Whew! I’m tired just reading about all the stuff we did! Great post!

  • Nicole says:

    What an amazing trip!!! The first pic of the boats lined up (under the chip pic … weird, I know) is my favorite. You should sell your photographs as print, they are definitely wall-worthy, My Dear. =)

    Hugs,
    Nicole

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks! I love those boats. I first photographed them with my point-and-shoot in 2006. I’ve still got that shot hanging in my cubicle at work. I went back there to take pictures of them again on purpose, so I’m glad you like that one. =)

      I probably could sell prints of my better ones through my website…or I could mat a few and try to sell them somehow. You’re the third person that’s said that in the last few weeks…maybe I should give it a shot.

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