Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Break 2017 Day 8

On our 8th day the goal was to go explore the Amish country.  While hubby drove, I googled everything I possibly could to learn more about this group of people.  If you have never done so I suggest doing some research, the culture is very interesting and seems so foreign.

We were lucky enough to get to go on a carriage ride we went through town and then out to one of the farms.  There was still a ton of snow so when we left the main road and started across the snow it became a little treacherous.  There were a couple of times where I thought the buggy might actually turn over.  My husband even asked the driver if he had ever flipped a cart before.

Ugliest mule EVER!

As most of you know the Amish typically do not have electricity or cars, they do however use propane to heat their houses.  When we went to Amish country I expected the houses to be little and log type structures, BUT their houses were huge and looked nice from the outside.  While we were talking, I was trying to figure out how they could afford such big homes.  Hubby reminded me that they don’t have to pay for cars, insurance, college, most of the land is passed down, and they grow most of their food. 

While driving we saw this Amish school where all the kiddos go till they are in 8th grade.  I made hubby stop for a picture, he was soooooo embarrassed.

On our way out of town we stopped and bought a few goodies for ourselves, the kids friends and their teachers.  I got Macadamia Nut cookies which were amazing, hubby got chocolate fudge cookies that he wouldn’t share, and I also got several packages of pretzels for the kiddos teachers.  When we got back one of the teachers said they were the best pretzels she had ever had!  

We happened to be in a town with a couple of outlet malls.  Hubby had decided he wanted a new backpack so we stopped at a few stores for him to look.  He hadn't found anything yet so I suggested stopping in the Coach store.  If you know me at all, you know how much I love their bags.  My heart was over joyed when hubby bought his first Coach bag lol.

Before we went back to the resort we stopped for a yummy dinner at a local brew house.  The food was delicious and hit the spot! 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring Break 2017 Day 7 Part 2

Since my post yesterday was so long I decided that I would split day 7 into two parts.  After the Crayola Experience we zoomed over to Philadelphia.  Since we were in Philadelphia we HAD to try a cheesesteak, I had done some research and discovered that Pat’s and Geno’s were the two most popular places for tourists to get this yummy sandwich.  The funny thing is that they are on opposite corners of the street facing each other and have a little rivalry going on. 

We bought cheesesteaks from each place so that we could have our own taste test and we all agreed hands down that Pat’s was the winner.  It had a better cut of meat, the cheese sauce was heavenly and the bread wasn’t as soggy as Geno’s.  After tasting the cheesesteak from Pat’s, I was really sad that we had spent money at Geno’s and wished we could have given them back lol.

Once our taste buds were satisfied we set out to see a few of the historical things on our list.  We knew we would have another day in Philadelphia later in the week but wanted to get in as much as we could today since it would be less crowded because of the snow.  We found a parking spot near the first post office in America and walked through it out into the court yard. 

We saw where Benjamin Franklin had lived and walked on the streets he had once walked on.  This was truly amazing.  When we were done here we trekked through the snow to the Liberty Bell.  There were so few people out that we were able to walk right up to it and take our pictures.  Our kids were amazed yet again that they had to go through metal detectors to enter the building. 

I love that they all have their heads tilted the same way.

Since we still had plenty of daylight we wandered over to Independence Hall.  Again, since there weren’t a ton of people we didn’t even have to get tickets we were able to just go through security and walk right in.  The kids were all tired by this point but perked up when several of the employees would tell them stories of what had happened inside the building. 

After Independence Hall we started back to the car and took a detour through the Bourse Building.  The sign outside advertised that it was a shopping center, but when we went through it looked like a majority of the shops had moved or were closed.  Still the building itself was gorgeous and the details in the architecture were wonderful.

When we finally got back to our rental car, there was a parking authority guy writing out a ticket.  I was furious, didn’t he see what a good job I had done parallel parking!  This was my first time to park like this and I was super proud of the effort I put in, especially because of the snow.  Apparently, we had parked in a handicap spot… problem was because the snow was pushed to the side of the road it was piled so high we couldn’t see the sign!  How in the world do you give someone a $300 ticket when they can’t see the sign!?!?

That my friends is how we ended our fabulous 7th day of vacation, well we also stopped at On The Border for dinner. :-) 

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