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If you’re like me and you can’t get enough greenery in your life, then I have the perfect place for you. Take a visit to Terrain, it’s like Disney World for gardeners. It would make for a short day-trip from Boston, or a really great pitstop if you traveling from Boston to New York. I was in awe at the rows and rows of plants. The displays are gorgeous, and the main part of the shop is set up into rooms, but with plants everywhere. Like a a dining room with hanging plants and terrariums surrounding it, or a sitting area that is somehow magically in a fern forest. There’s plenty to look at, lots to buy, and the bonus is they have a coffee bar and cafe.

I was in the depths of Louisiana last week for the wedding of two dear friends. Besides being an incredible occasion, it was also felt amazing to be somewhere that was already so green. We explored part of the swamp, a national wildlife refuge on the edge of the Mississippi River. We also spent time walking among wildflowers, hanging out on porches, and relaxing by fire pits.

I’ve been thinking of greener times lately, so here are a few pics from a very charming farm I found last September. North Creek Farm is in midcoast Maine and is definitely worth a stop if you are ever in the area. It dates back to the 1850s and is a combo plant nursery and grocery store. They also have a rustic little organic cafe where we had the most amazing lunch. I highly recommend it as a stop next time you are up in Maine!

Since it’s cold and it’s January, I decided to make a series called Winter Escapes, where we can have a bit of a mental break from the dreariness! This first Winter Escape post comes from Argentina and Uruguay. Before I visited South America last year, I got myself a tiny little film camera to carry around in circumstances where I didn’t feel comfortable carrying my gigantic DSLR (i.e., I was trying to make myself less of a tourist target). The camera is a Ricoh and it’s fantastic! You can set the ISO, aperture, and even exposure compensation. Needless to say, I was hooked. Here are a few of my film snaps from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Colonia, Uruguay.