6 Photos of Interlaken that Will Give You Some Serious Wanderlust

Wanderlust- a strong longing for wandering.  You know the feeling, and if you have the travel bug, you know what I mean. Check out these photos from Interlaken, Switzerland that are sure to inspire you to get up and get lost...wherever that may be.

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Seriously...this photo is the definition of wanderlust.

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photo by Nicole Cranford

 

Seriously...this is majestic!

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And this place...the top of Europe...who wouldn't want to get lost here?

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Mountains, clouds, and then more mountains...

and if those weren't enough to convince you to go...check out how freekin' adorable this town is!

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How cute!!!

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Why Palatka is NOT the Armpit of Florida

“You live in Palatka?  That’s the armpit of Florida!”

Seriously.  Someone told me and my mom this once, and we weren’t really sure how to respond.

If you aren’t familiar with the town, it’s the halfway point between Saint Augustine and Gainesville, where many have stopped for gas, a drink, and to relieve themselves on their way to or from the beach.  Nobody wants to stay for too long- once a man told me “I’ve never seen a pretty girl from Palatka with all her front teeth!”.  (People I CANNOT make this stuff up.)

For a long time I thought they were right.  Palatka doesn’t exactly have a lot going on by any stretch of the imagination. But upon my recent return home for a few weeks, I got to thinking, maybe it isn’t all that bad here.

Here are my reasons why Palatka can not possibly be the armpit of Florida.

 

It was once the “Gem of the Saint John’s”

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Courthouse in downtown Palatka, FL

During the 1880’s Palatka was a huge trading point along the Saint John’s River, so much so as to be coined “The Gem of the Saint John’s”.  Now, if you’re from Florida I know what you’re thinking…the Saint John’s is nasty.  But it wasn’t always like that.  During the 19th century famous hotels in Palatka could host around 6000 people, a pretty good amount for this size of town.  Unfortunately, in 1884/1885 a fire burned down most of the hotels, as well as ruining the city’s citrus industry, causing less and less people to visit.

Point being, a place that was once considered a gem surely can’t be an armpit?  And anyways, gems are usually found in the deepest trenches. Continue reading “Why Palatka is NOT the Armpit of Florida”