The next time you are in a new city pick one day and set your alarm clock for 6:45 am.
Get up, curse me, brush your teeth...then get on a light jacket and get out the door.
Some of the best things that I have seen while traveling have been in the quiet of the morning.
The city workers driving street sweepers to clean up the sidewalks. The morning light glistening over the quiet buildings. This is the best time to really breathe in the architecture, the adorable little shops, and soul of the city. The bakeries just opening have the freshest bread at this time - so treat yourself to a fresh coffee and a hot baked good as a reward for your early adventure. Sit outside and notice if there are birds and squirrels or cats and dogs wandering the streets. Walk along the river. Smile at the shop keepers unlocking their doors. Marvel at the early morning joggers. Admire the dew on the bright grass and dazzling flowers native to the area.
Breathe in the essence of the area. Admire it when its quiet and at peace...
Then (if needed) you can take a nap.
But I guarantee, one morning of exploring is worth the early alarm.
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