I Left My Heart in Sacramento

09 Mar

Dick may be drawn to the old port town of Alviso, but I have an unexplained attraction to Sacramento. Maybe it’s because it’s a state capital along a big river, just like my home town of Baton Rouge. Or maybe it’s because they’re both overshadowed by more glamorous sister cities–San Francisco and New Orleans.

What I do know is that when I heard that the North American Handmade Bicycle Show was coming to Sac, I didn’t hesitate to put it on the calendar even though we visited Sacramento less than a year ago.

Like last year, we took the Amtrak Capital Corridor train, riding our bikes from home to the station and bringing the bikes with us on the train. Like last year, we stayed downtown at the historic Citizen Hotel, went to dinner on a bike date that included a night cruise around the city, rode out to Folsom on the American River Bike Trail, and saw California citizens speaking up by marching on the capitol. But I enjoyed every minute of it. Some things never get old, even in Old Sacramento. (And the bikes at the NAHBS were gorgeous!)

What city or place do you like to visit that never gets old no matter how many times you visit? What makes it so special?

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Travel


6 responses to “I Left My Heart in Sacramento

  1. Rachel Unger

    March 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    City Hall is gorgeous! Sounds like a marvelous trip. 🙂 I miss a few places that I’ve only been once – Albuquerque, in particular, and also New Orleans. I’d go back to Pittsburgh again and again if given the chance. I started dating my boyfriend there and so it’s got that patina of nostalgia on it. It’s also the first place I tried barbecue. Also, the Natural History museum there is magnificent. I’ll get to the other museums… one day…

  2. Christine Holmes

    March 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    “strangely attracted to a place for no apparent reason” — Hello to your husband, for that is exactly how I feel about Alviso, a trip i make on my Specialized Hybrid along the Guadalupe Trail at least once a month, never tiring of the view. There’s something about Alviso….

    • ladyfleur

      March 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

      “There’s something about Alviso.” Sounds like a great slogan for the town. Except that it’s now just another part of San Jose.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. TinLizzie72

    September 19, 2012 at 5:17 am

    That’s so funny – growing up I could not wait to get out of Sac! We ran to SF every chance we got (my mom is from Berkeley and my dad’s mom is from SF so I spent a ton of time there as a kid). I haven’t been home in ages, but I hear it’s changed alot, and is now pretty bike friendly. I’m going in November for the Behaviour, Environment and Climate Change Conference and hoping to spend some time, no matter how brief, in the City and in Napa.


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