Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday in Massachusetts

The kid and I are in middle Massachusetts for the day - specifically the Holyoke/Amherst area - and even though it's still pretty darned cold out there, I've got plans to go take some pictures of the local area later.

We arrived yesterday evening around 5:30 and after checking into our hotel (which I was able to score a major deal at courtesy of Priceline!) we drove over to Hampshire College where we picked up Amanda's friend, Sami.  From there we made the short drive to South Hadley where we had a nice dinner at the what appeared to be the most happenin' place in town - Johnny's Bar & Grill.

Following that we popped into a cute little coffee shop that was very eclectic and even featured a singer strumming on her guitar who reminded me a bit of Alanis Morrisette.  I wish I could remember the name of the place but I think I was too busy being bemused by the whole experience!

From there it was across the courtyard to a small movie theater where we saw The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the last movie that Heath Ledger was working on before he died.  When Ledger died one-third of the way through filming, his role was recast with Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell portraying transformations of Ledger's character Tony as he travels through a dream world.  To be honest, it was hard to tell where one character ended and the other began at times as the movie itself is pretty trippy.  Not bad, mind you, but a movie you have to pay close attention to or you'll be totally lost.  Definitely not one that you want to get up and go to the restroom or the concession stand during!  Amanda, of course, loved it!

Today the plan is to drop the girls off at the local mall so that they can see Sherlock Holmes together (they are both major fans of both the movie and Robert Downey, Jr.) while I see what I can find with the Nikon.  Mount Holyoke College is a definite target as it bears a striking resemblance to Harry Potter's Hogwart's and I was enchanted with the campus the first time we drove up here to see Sami.  Beyond that, I shall see what I shall see! Like I said, I just hope I don't freeze my fingers off in the process!


  1. Sounds like a fun weekend for sure. I know the girls will have a blast and if you get some good photography going you're happy too. Good all around.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  2. Oddly enough, I'm not so interested in seeing Sherlock Holmes. But the release of the film has got me thinking about the volume of Holmes stories I have in my library. I read "at" them many years ago and it might be time to read them a little more thoroughly.

    Especially since I'm about to be between books while I wait for the new Butcher and the new Charlaine Harris offerings due in May.

  3. Anonymous1:44 PM EST

    have a wonderful weekend... Hope the girls have fun!

  4. Sounds like a must see movie. Will love seeing the HOlyoak pictures. If life had gone the way I wanted it to instead of the way the fates lined it up, Mount Holyoak is where I wanted to go.

  5. Can't wait to see the pictures!

  6. Something for it! Just have fun, honey, and go with the flow. And the Nikon!

    Big hugs...

  7. Sounds awesome! I can't wait to see what you found with the Nikon! :)

  8. You're the regular rambling girl. Can't wait to see what you have in store with your photos.

  9. It all sounds like great fun. I would have loved the coffee shop. Was the coffee any good? Thanks for sharing

  10. I think this is the best photo of Amanda I've seen! She does smile and very sweetly, I might add. But, horrors, don't let her know I said that!!!

  11. Nice photo of Amanda. She looks so happy here.

    Where have I been? I missed a lot of your posts.

    Catching up now, Duchess.


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