On the Road With...
Connecticut’s Taj McWilliams-Franklin

WNBA players spend a lot of time on the road, whether traveling in the United States for the WNBA season, playing overseas in the offseason, or, if they are lucky, representing their country in top international tournaments such as the Olympics. Sun forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin has a long and distiguished professional basketball career both at home and overseas. In that time she has gotten to see much of the world, but as a mother, she rarely gets to see the world or travel on vacation. Yet, she hopes to get away again soon and possibly even return to the Holy Land.


Q. What are some countries you've gotten to travel to for basketball or personal reasons?
"Well I really enjoyed a recent trip to Cancun for Christmas. It was beautiful. Being in Israel also stood out for me. Being in the country so rich with biblical history was amazing. Being a Christian, to be wear Jesus walked, was really important to me. It was so amazing to be there, where they describe scenes from the Bible. Like the River Jordan."

Taj McWilliams-Franklin enjoyed her trip to Israel as much for basketball as for its rich historical and spiritual meaning.
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Q. Is there one place you'd like to see that you haven't gotten to yet?
"Australia. I've never been and have always wanted to go there. Long flight, I've heard, though."

Q. Do you have a favorite place to vacation?
"I can't remember the last time I had a vacation, but when I'm here, Chuck E. Cheese is the only place I get to go. But I would like to go to England and have a nice two-week vacation. But that will never happen."

Q. If you could choose, would you prefer to be on a beach, hiking and camping out, or visiting a museum?
"Definitely visiting a museum or seeing historical sites. I love seeing old buildings and interesting architecture. When I go overseas to play, I make sure I find the oldest buildings and see the museums and castles there. It is so amazing to see all the things that happened in the past that are still standing and are still preserved. There are no preservation societies overseas. They don't need them because they would never think of tearing down any of those buildings."

Q. What are your favorite WNBA cities to visit?
"None of them because we are always on the road. But it would have to be Houston or San Antonio. We always stay near the Alamo and the area near the Riverwalk which is nice and calming. I love to walk on the river in the morning and meditate."

Q. What is your favorite city to visit when you want to go shopping?
"Definitely Houston and Minnesota. Who can beat the Mall of America? It is so big with everything you can imagine. Hundreds of stores, they have color zones. And they have a Krispy Kreme in there… wow. You just have to be focused when you're there. I mean, they have an amusement park there. I just have to focus on what I really need - shoes, clothes, etc. But if you go in there unfocused, it's like a black hole."

Q. How about for a good meal when out on the town?
"I like a good meal, you know. Morton's Steakhouse if I'm really in the mood for something nice. That's in Charlotte. Plus, there is a lady there in Charlotte, Miss Deborah, who cooks for us. Wow. She's great."

Q. What would you recommend when a visiting team comes to Connecticut?
"In Connecticut, I couldn't recommend too many places, but if you are from the "Alice" generation, there is a place like Mel's Diner called Rosie's. It's the best. We go there after late games. It's open 24-hours a day. Even Margo Dydek went and tried to squeeze into the little booths. Her and her family, who are all tall, tried to squeeze into a table and it wasn't pretty."

 

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