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Cape May

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  • Day12

    Cool Wheels dude!

    July 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    This morning after breakfast, Andrew and I went for a walk to the Harrison. In the garage at the back, he has parked his '55 MG which he restored himself. We took it for a spin in town and along the waterfront. The car was fabulous to ride in and many heads turned. Upon returning to the Ashley Rose, he took each child for a ride around the block. He is officially Cool Uncle Andrew!

    Then we drove (in the regular cars) to Beach Plum Farm which was a short drive out of town. It is a small farm specialising in Beach Plums, herbs and eggs. We walked around and fed the chickens and looked at the pigs. This farm provides ingredients for the restaurants at Congress Hall in town. It was beautifully set up and quite nice to visit. Andrew thinks I could create my own version in my back yard. Build it and they will come!

    On our way back into town, Andrew let me have a go at driving the Tesla. It was quite a different experience. Although the pedals are in the same place, the gear lever was on the steering column. Also, when you take your foot off the accelerator, it immediately applies the brake. That was a little disconcerting. Then Andrew showed me how to use auto pilot. I took my foot off the accelerator and my hands off the wheel and the car drove itself! That was really freaky! It was hard to do and quite nerve racking even though I realised that the car was better at driving than I was. The display on the dash shows you where you are in the lane so it was a bit easier for me to stay in the middle once I got used to it. Driving the Tesla was fun. It is the future of driving.

    Back in town we visited and arts and crafts market and then had a lovely lunch.
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  • Day12

    Cape May Treasure Hunt,

    July 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    They say there is no rest for the wicked - there is even less rest for the busy innkeeper. While Andrew and Kelly attended to business matters, I took the 4 children on the Cape May Family Treasure Hunt. Organised by the Mid-Atlantic Centre for the Arts and Humanities, this was designed to make the architecture and sights of Cape May interesting for small people. We picked up a map with the clues from the Information Centre and began walking around the town looking for answers eg What is pictured on the painted mural across from the park in Decatur Street? or What colour are the doors on the church down Decatur Street etc.

    The kids took turns reading the directions and the questions and we all trooped around the streets looking for architectural features. It was a lot of fun and we learnt about cupolas, turrets, acroterian, mansard roofs and hitching posts. We took a photo at every stop for posterity.

    In the end we went to Ben and Jerry's to get the treasure!
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  • Day9

    Cape May

    July 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    This morning we packed up to move to Andrew and Kelly's Inn in Cape May itself. They have just bought another property and it happens to be empty this week so we have the place to ourselves. The Ashley Rose is a 7 bedroom Victorian mansion which has been converted to a bed and breakfast. The rooms are old fashioned and quite luxurious. We each have our own room. Mine has a king sized poster bed and a lovely little bathroom.

    Andrew and Kelly showed us around their other inns - The Casablanca and The Harrison. These are Victorian houses which have been converted. The rooms are stunning. Each room is different from the rest.

    After lunch we went to an historic village. We learnt about basket weaving, pottery, blacksmithing etc. They had a falconer there and he showed us his birds. He had a gorgeous baby owl which was soft to pat. We had a lovely time and we learnt a bit. They also had very nice ice cream!

    In the afternoon, Andrew, Eva, Mercina and I went to the light house. 180 steps to the top. A great view. I learnt quite a bit about the area. The hardest part about walking up 180 steps is getting back down!

    We went for a walk along the beach and I finally dipped my toes in the Atlantic Ocean!

    Back at the house now for a rest before the evening's entertainment

    Photo one is the view from the tower
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  • Day11


    July 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Just after my last post, the heavens opened and we had lightening and thunder and very heavy rain. Despite this, we chose to drive to a Japanese restaurant for dinner Habachi style.

    Habachi is a theatrical cooking style. We sat in a square around the chef who cooked in front of us and threw food at us. We had to catch it with our mouths. It was all in good fun and we had a lot of laughs. The food was great and plentiful. I really enjoyed my meal. I sat next to Pat and we got on like a house on fire (her accent reminds me of Franny the Nanny's mother).
    By the time we finished eating the worst of the storm was over.

    Back home, Andrew and I sat on the porch and chatted for a bit.
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  • Day12

    The last hurrah!

    July 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Tonight is our final night with Andrew and the family and we decided to go out in style. We drove to Wildwood (that is what the town is actually called) to visit a good old fashioned American boardwalk. The boardwalk runs parallel to the sea and is a huge wooden structure that you walk along. There are shops on the road side of the boardwalk selling all kinds of junk food and trashy souvenirs. There are also 3 piers which have amusement rides on them.

    We went to Pier One first and tried many of the rides. There were wild roller coasters and tamer rides for the smaller children (and me). We went on the log ride first. I can confirm that Andrew squeals like a little girl on the scary parts of the ride! We got wet but it didn't matter because it was so hot. The kids went on roller coasters while I held their phones!

    The beach is in between the piers. It is 750m from the road to the beach along a long flat stretch of sand. At high tide, it is only a few metres to the beach.

    Once we had tired of Pier One we moved to Pier Two. We timed things just right and came across a brightly coloured marching band. Poppy followed them doing cartwheels and front and back walkovers!

    On Pier Two Andrew insisted on taking me up the Ferris Wheel - it was one of the biggest Ferris Wheels I have ever seen and it was a bit nerve racking. It was also a spectacular view.

    The kids went on heaps of rollercoasters and other thrill rides while I watched from a safe distance. At 9pm we insisted on feeding them and walked back to the boardwalk to find a place selling something that resembled food. The"restaurant" we found was next to the paintball place. At the paintball, you could shoot a live human target! They had guys dressed in a ton of padding with helmets on dancing around the zone and you were encouraged to shoot them with paintballs. Only in America!

    After dinner the older members of our party returned home while Andrew and I stayed on with the 4 children and supervised them on the rides. More outrageous rollercoasters and a few tamer rides as well. By 11pm we had had enough and decided to come home.

    On the way out we passed 'The Guesser". For $5 a lady would guess either your age (to within 2 years), your weight (to within 3 pounds) or your birthday (to within 2 months). If she guessed wrong, you got a prize. She did not guess Poppy's birthday (she picked August instead of April) nor Oliver or Eva's weights and she guessed Mercina was 13 years old (how rude)! They each came away with a prize - which was worth less than the $5 we paid. Each child was happy to have a memento of their time at Wildwood Boardwalk.

    So now our trip is almost at an end. Tomorrow we begin the long journey home. It will take us 2 hours to drive to Philadelphia, 3.5 hours to fly to Houston, 15 hours to fly to Auckland, 1 hour to fly to Wellington and 1.5 hours to drive to Levin plus all the waiting in between!
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  • Day11


    July 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Photo 1 the Ashley Rose where we are staying
    Photo 2 the Casablanca
    Photo 3 the Harrison
    Photo 4 street scene
    Photo 5 beach tag

  • Day9

    Dinner in Cape May

    July 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Tonight we partook in a Cape May tradition. It seems that everyone who comes to Cape May has to have dinner at The Lobster House. This restaurant seats 2000 people at a time and specialises in seafood - especially lobster. The decor is 70's Fisherman's Table as are the waitress uniforms. Despite seating so many, you can't book a table, you just have to turn up and wait.

    So, Andrew takes Mercina and Oliver and drives there at 5:30pm to get a table. They tell him there is a 1 hour wait an they give him a beeper. He comes home and tells us that dinner is at 6:30pm! Mercina thought this was a great trick. She wants to be a Bares!

    There was an extensive menu of seafood. Cina and I shared the Lobster House special which consisted of lobster tail, shrimps and scallops - all fresh from the sea - on a bed of linguine with a side salad, vegetables and a baked potato. This was actually a meal for one but it was more than enough for the two of us. Eva had a one pound lobster all to herself. Andrew and Kelly had oysters for entree and Mercina decided to try one. We didn't tell her until afterwards that the oyster was raw! It was a great meal.

    After dinner we drove back to the Ashley Rose. Andrew, the kids and I walked down to the waterfront to soak up the atmosphere. There is a boardwalk with arcade games and souvenir shops - lots of flashing lights and noise. We played mini golf and had a great time.

    A fantastic end to our first day in Cape May township
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  • Day11

    Historic Cape May

    July 17, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Andrew barbequed hot dogs fr lunch so we felt like real Americans as we ate on the front porch. Kelly's mother arrived and we finally got to meet her. The kids were excited to see Granny Pat.

    Mercina, Andrew and I (the cultured ones of the group) walked into town to see the Emlen Physick Estate which is a huge house in town which has been restored and turned into a museum. We learned all about Dr Physick (who gained his qualification but never practised medicine, preferring to live on his inheritance as a gentleman farmer) his mother Mrs Ralston (who buried a couple of husbands) and her sister who lived with them and never married. The house was an excellent example of the way the extremely wealthy lived in Victorian times.

    Then we took a trolley bus tour of historic Cape May. We had seen these buses pass by the Ashley Rose many times and had wondered what they said about the property. The tour was 45 minutes and very interesting. There are so many beautifully restored Victorian houses - each brightly painted with delicate lattice work. We leant a lot about the history of the town. It was a summer retreat for the wealthy until the mid 1800's when it fell out of favour. In the late 1800's it again became popular with the middle classes.

    In 1880 there was a huge fire which destroyed a third of the town. The town was rebuilt in the Victorian era which explains why there are so many houses built in that style. Most of the houses have large wrap around porches, bay windows and gingerbread trim.

    As we got closer to the Ashley Rose, we became more excited. Finally, the moment had a arrived - "When indoor plumbing was finally available, they just built rooms onto the sides of their houses. You can see on the second floor of this house there is an addition which houses the new fangled indoor bathroom". Andrew was extremely disappointed to learn that his house was a bathroom stop! He is going to speak to the president of the association that runs these tours. Despite driving past the Casablanca and the Harrisons as well as the Ashley Rose a few times on the tour, this was the only mention of one of his properties!

    We really enjoyed the tour.

    A storm is brewing outside. Thunder and lightening and heavy rains are on the way. It should be very exciting
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  • Day10

    Evenings in Cape May

    July 16, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    When we returned home from the beach we all sat in rocking chairs on the porch and watched the world go by. There are elegant house drawn coaches which do a tour of the town. The drivers give an historic commentary as they pass the different houses and landmarks. There is a Cinderella coach whose driver is dressed like Cinderella. That one lights up at night. There is also a bus tour. The bus stops outside the Ashley Rose and the guide tells everyone about the bathroom added on the side of the building on the 2nd floor. It's quite amusing to have them stare at us while we stare at them.

    Mercina, Eva and I went for a walk. We saw many historic buildings and lots more Victorian houses.

    In the early evening we went to Congress Hall which is a huge hotel and restaurant complex. It has been on the same site for over 150 years. Every Monday in summer they hold an old fashioned carnival on their lawn. We bought game tickets and then had fun taking part in the different activities. There was Toss the Ring Over the Bottles, Bean bag throwing, Frog Flinging, Skeet Ball and Poppy's favourite Hit the target so hard that it flies up the pole and rings the bell.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cape May, Кейп Мей, کیپ می، نیوجرسی, Кэйп Мэй, 08204, Кейп-Мей, Кејп Меј, Кеп-Мей, 開普梅

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