If you want a hair raising experience, make the drive from my house to hers. It's basically I-95 all the way but this particular part of 95 is white knuckle driving. It really is relentless traffic going too fast and at times there are 5-6 lanes across of that. Additionally, there always seems to be some sort of construction going on and even if they are not working, there are lane changes, bumps and dips in the road and barriers everywhere. In other words, really not relaxing at all.
I was glad to go see where she lived though - she has quite a nice/cute apartment: large open living area, large kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It's in a safe complex and there's even a swimming pool there if she's ever there long enough to enjoy it (she travels a lot).
As soon as I arrived she suggested that we walk to downtown Princeton and look around at all the cute shops. I was glad to do that after 3 hours of driving. The walk was 3 1/2 miles each way plus I bet we walked at least a mile or more while downtown so I figured we got in 8 miles of walking.
There are very nice sidewalks all all around, plus we crossed a bridge and over a towpath that is part of the Delaware and Raritan State Park. When I saw that path I thought of all my running and walking and biking blogging friends who would so enjoy that! Next time we go visit her, weather permitting, I think we will probably rent kayaks or canoes and paddle part of the canal.
Princeton University is sort of scattered all around Princeton itself with a bit of a central campus right in the downtown area. Downtown Princeton reminded me of a lot of New England downtowns with quaint shops and sidewalk cafes. Very fun to walk around both the high end shops (like Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren) and the less expensive places. We had lunch at a Mediterranean Grill and I realized afterward I'd picked a vegetarian menu: Shepherd's salad, falafel, baba ganoush, and feta with tomatoes. No photos, all delicious.
Here's a bit of our walk:
After we got back to the apartment we hung out for a while, resting from that long walk lol! She has a cute deck/patio off the living area and kitchen of her place so we sat out there and enjoyed a glass a wine before we went to dinner.
She and her friend wanted to take me to dinner at a particular restaurant they'd found. This meal was meat based which was fine after my vegetarian lunch lol! This time I took pictures because I knew Mr. Helen would want to see.