*caveat: None of the photos in this post are my own, they are public photos on flikr. There are a some great photographers, so please click on their photos to find the owner and browse more of their work.
We moved to "the country". To us it feels like the country, but really it's just the country-ish area outside of the city. It's wonderful.
I was going to do a post on the area, but it's too much, so... you'll get them over time.
First off, we now live near the city of McKinney. It's fantastic and just a few weeks ago was named the second best small town to live in in all of America! It's got a little city square that's all cute-ified for tourists, and they've got all kinds of great stores and a farmers market a cafes serving locally grown produce. It's the fake country part of the area, but it's so sweet that I love it anyways.
Ah. I have some wannabe hipster in me, so the ability to live near the big city, sort of in the country, and near an adorable small town is really wonderful
Just outside of the city square is a beautiful, old, wealthy neighborhood with houses like this one:
And a historic old downtown area that oozes charm:
My favorite spot in downtown McKinney is Patina Green. It has a cafe with a few soup and sandwich items, except it's made by a fantastic chef, all fresh and local and organicy. Great coffee and iced tea too, and homemade sweetening syrup. There are also bakery items and wonderful sides of various local-grown vegetables. Amid all the whole-food things for sale on their shelves are also fun little antiques and home decor items. And perhaps best of all - the decor. It changes weekly and it just stunningly adorable. It's a treat for me just to walk around! See a photo of their eating area here.
A few other McKinney photos:
(lest this be mistaken as a referral, be assured that the British pub pictured isn't very good at all, and my British-raised husband was deeply disappointed)
So yes, I do love McKinney!
For other old photoblogs I've featured, see: Papuan village life, The 10 Most Romantic Spots in Chicago, Sentani, Bristol, Moody Bible Institute, Dublin, Jayapura, Indonesian cuisine, and drinks from around the world.