Destinations

Destination: Greenville, South Carolina

I've just recently moved from Philadelphia to Greenville, SC. Now that I've been here for a solid month and a half, it's about time I did a review of my new home.



Greenville, located in the northwest corner of South Carolina seems to be a fairly unique city in the South. Greenville is quickly growing, managing to add 1,000 new residents a month in a city of 60,000. Much of that growth is due to the area quickly becoming a huge manufacturing center. BMW, Michelin Tires, Electrolux, GE Power, GE Renewable Energy, and the list goes on and on. Major manufacturing sites surround this city, making a bit of a stand out among the south.

The city has a melting pot feel. BMW brings in many native Germans to work at their extremely large manufacturing facility in nearby Spartanburg. Walking the streets of Greenville, it is not uncommon to here German being spoken in the streets. Go to events outside the city and the southern feel is ever present, but in Greenville, it is an amalgamation of the many different people from around the country moving to this little city.

Downtown Greenville is the place to be on the weekends. The city has been revitalized and boasts one of the best river views of any town I've ever visited. A large downtown park has been placed around the river flowing through the center of the city. The park has an awesome curved pedestrian cable stay bridge that highlights the beauty of the surrounding park.

Walk main street to find any number of amazing restaurants and little shops. One of our favorites is Pomegranate on Main, a Persian restaurant on main street that features some insanely good Persian vegetarian dishes among other non-vegetarian dishes. The mushroom pomegranate vegetarian stew is a draw ever time.

Caviar and Banana just opened recently in the downtown plaza, here you can get a whole range of items, much like a self contained market/restaurant. Salads to sandwiches and even a small cheese counter, this gem has a lot to offer. Next door, Thai Basil a new restaurant out of Charleston is now opening their first restaurant outside of their home city, set to open it's doors later this year as it promises some amazing Thai food.

Beyond food there are many little shops, a large general store, a chocolate and ice cream parlor and so much more. I spend many a day hanging out at the coffee shops writing for this very website in downtown Greenville.

A food market is available every Saturday during the summer when main street is closed down for the morning and vendors set up a beautiful selection of local goods that anyone can purchase.

Parking is a reasonable price during the week at any of the many city parking garages that are available. If you are only in the city for a few hours, find a street side parking place and you owe the city nothing, street parking is free and ranges from 1-2 hours. Come on the weekend though and the city opens multiple parking garages for free, that right, pay nothing to park downtown on a weekend! I honestly do not think I've ever paid to park in downtown Greenville. If you want to grab public transit in Greenville, we've got that too. Grab the downtown trolley and that too will be free of charge.

This is a bit of a glowing review, it is my new home, but I do like this city a whole hell of a lot. Greenville continues to develop the downtown area as the city flourishes. I can only say that this city is certainly worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. Expect some upcoming restaurant reviews in Greenville, some good, some bad, but all in this beautiful little city. 

My Top 3 Destinations

Over the last few years, I've started to travel pretty extensively around the world. My international travels started in London, then blossomed pretty quickly from there. Now I've been to 5 different continents, 11 countries, and by the end of the year will have picked up at least 2 more countries and the last of the 6 main continents (sorry Antarctica, you'll have to wait a little while). In all of my traveling, there have been some pretty big stand outs for me that I cannot wait to return to. Here are my top 3 destinations so far:



 

London, England

London was the first place I ever visited internationally. The trip was short, much like most of my trips, but a memorable one. Since that time, I've been through the airport in London many times, but never made it back into the city. This is something that needs to change and soon. London is an amazing city, and one that mixes the modern and old city feels very well.

London boasts one of the most amazing collections of art, science and historical museums anywhere in the world. From the Tate Modern, to the Globe Theater there is so much to see in London. At night you can climb aboard the Millennium Eye, I say at night because the view is amazing with the city lights.

Getting around in London is as easy as hopping on the tube and riding pretty much anyplace you'd want to be. London is amazing and it'll draw you back.

 

Sydney, Australia

Yes, I am highly recommending you go down under for your next trip. Sydney is one of those places people don't often think about because the trip is so damn long in the air. If you do fly there, make it a business class or better sort of trip. I made it in economy, and 15-16 hours in economy isn't fun... though Qantas makes it slightly better.

People in Australia are some of the most friendly you'll ever meet. The food is very similar to England, lots of fish and chips, but they add in a bit of Vegemite to morning meals to make it their own. While I'm on the topic, keep at least 30 paces from Vegemite... don't say I didn't warn you.

A visit to Circular Quay is a must for any visits. There you can eat, shops, walk around, catch a play at the famous Sydney Opera House (yes I did that), and catch a ferry across the harbor. On the other side of the harbor is the world famous Sydney Zoo, an absolute must see for any visitor.

Sydney is a place which always sticks out in my mind.

 

Seoul, South Korea

I know what your thinking, "really? South Korea?" at least that seems to be the reaction I often get. Here I'm breaking from my trend of choosing English speaking countries. There is a good reason for choosing South Korea and that largely to do with the people. South Korean's are very friendly, fun and happy. While there was a major language barrier everywhere I went, there was no point that I felt uncomfortable in South Korea. 

The city is huge, but worth every second of any visit. Museums, observation towers, old temple grounds, and an amazing market. Despite being sick when I visited last time, the trip was a hit with me and continues to stick out as a highlight of all of my travels. 

If you ever get the chance to visit South Korea, do not think twice about it, Seoul is amazing!

 

Future

These stand out at the big three destinations to date. With Dubai, Cape Town, Honk Kong, Tokyo, Melbourne, Queenstown, and so many many more on my list, this is likely to change in the coming years. Still, these are the 3 places I'd most jump at a chance to revisit if the price is right.