No place like home

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust

When was the last time you really explored your own community? Chances are, there’s a restaurant, art gallery, thrift shop, or boutique that opened when you weren’t looking. And how much do you know about your city’s history? Is there a museum nearby? With gas prices skyrocketing, this might be the season for a “staycation.”

This week’s “No Place Like Home” column on Royal Oak Patch is packed with ideas for enjoying spring break without spending a bundle on hotel bills. The idea struck when my husband and I had to cancel a trip to Florida due to my elderly mother’s health issues. We’ve been following my advice all week, breaking out of our old comfort zone without straying too far from our own backyard.  –CL

— Photo of the Paris boutique in downtown Royal Oak, by Cindy La Ferle —