You know the old saying “you can never go home again”? Well, I can’t decide if it’s true or not, but when we were planning to travel back to West Palm (where we lived for five years) for the first time since we moved, I was unsure of how to feel. I was excited, of course – but also fairly nervous. How could I not be? After all, Palm Beach was our home for a fair share of our lives – it only makes sense that there would be some element of pressure for us to find it the same perfect place that we used to. But what if we didn’t? We’ve changed, the city has changed – would we love it like we used to? What would it be like now? Would I even still know anyone who lived there? Would it feel completely foreign, or almost like we never left?
I think that the beauty in going back to a place that you used to love is acknowledging that time has passed and growth has happened, and to try to see it for what it is now, and not what it was back then. I mean, sure – reminisce. Cherish the memories that you made there. And then – make new ones! I was pleasantly surprised to find that, not only was West Palm the same place that I had once known and loved – but it was now a new and improved version of that! New restaurants were popping up everywhere. A warehouse district had been established. New stores and entrepreneurs were breathing new life into the town (but, more on this later in another post)- and, at the same time, it was still the same beautiful beachfront city I had preserved in my memories all along.
Lunch at Lynora’s Products
So why lunch at Lynora’s, you ask? What’s this got to do with anything? Well, this sweet little Italian joint just so happens to be one of the new restaurants that’s popped up since we left 4 years ago – and with their adorable red metal dining chairs and street cafe vibe, I knew I wanted to shoot here as soon as we saw it. Bonus? The food is actually really good too! We stuck with our trusty Margherita pizza (can’t go wrong there), and some tiramisu and cappuccinos for dessert. That’s a meal I don’t think I could ever get tired of. 🙂
All this to say, I love West Palm, and I’m pretty sure I always will. Even though we may not live there ever again, I think there’s something to be said for keeping some things dear to your heart. Like seeing an old friend again, I was glad to see that although time had changed things, there was still a happy familiarity there. And now, the next time we return, I’ll be sure to return for a now familiar lunch at Lynora’s.
Is there any old familiar place you’d love to revisit?
Photos by Daniel Mattei