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  • Day4

    Im Land der Amish

    March 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Wir verbringen eine kuschelige Nacht in Wilmington, erwachen ohne Wecker und beginnen den Tag mit einem feinen Frühstück inkl. selbst gebackenem Sauerteigbrot und deliziösen Croissants aus Philadelphia. Auch Merediths Mutter und Davids Vater sind mit dabei.

    Um kurz nach 11 Uhr machen wir uns dann auf den Weg nach Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Unser erster Stopp ist „Katie’s Kitchen“, ein von den Amish geführtes Restaurant. Wir essen wie bei
    Muttern, während wir die jungen Amish-Damen in die Küche und zurück flitzen sehen.

    Danach zieht es uns weiter zum Tanger Outlet. Shopping! Shopping! Shopping!

    Am späten Nachmittag fahren wir zurück nach Greenville, wo uns David mit einem rauchenden BBQ-Grill und einem Krug frischer Margarita empfängt. Zum Abendessen gibt es dann Fajitas - wahlweise mit Hühnchen- oder Rindfleisch, Salsa, Sauerrahm, gegrillten Paprika und Zwiebeln, Reis, Spargeln, Koriander, mexikanischem Frischkäse, Cheddarkäse und Limetten. Zum Nachtisch geniessen wir dann typisch amerikanischen Apple Pie mit frisch geschlagenem Rahm.

    Wir sitzen zusammen und schwatzen über alte Zeiten, bis uns die Müdigkeit einholt.
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  • Day7

    North to Ronks

    July 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Today we left the Capital, after one last, supreme breakfast at the Embassy Suites. First stop was the Gettysburg Visitor Center and Museum. Our visit there started with a short, introductory film about the events leading up to the important battle that took place there during the American Civil War between the Confederate and Union forces. Following the film, we watched a short battlefield presentation on a large cyclorama. It was an immersive experience in which you are standing in the middle of the battle that is raging all around you. We then toured the museum with its extensive collection of artifacts from the battle. By this time we were all ready for lunch so we drove into the historic town of Gettysburg to find a restaurant. We decided on a nice Mexican place.

    Back in the car, our next destination on the route was an antique store located in Harrisburg, called "The Atomic Warehouse". On arrival, the first thing I saw as I approached the entrance was a rack of porn magazines. I got a bad feeling as I entered that this was not quite what I had expected. Very messy and disorganized. Lots of interesting items but not much in the way of vintage clothing for men that I thought would be interesting for the boys. However, all was not lost because Aaron found a 1970's era skateboard for $20.

    Next stop on today's journey was The Hershey Chocolate Factory in Hershey, PA. We all love chocolate so this was a sure bet. It turns out to be more than just a factory with a retail store. It is a huge tourist attraction complete with tours, an amusement park, make your own chocolates and a restaurant. We take a tour of what I thought would be the factory, but it is actually a Disney style ride with cartoon characters and a simulation of all the steps involved in making chocolate. It was informative nonetheless. We all buy a chocolate souvenir and head back to the car for our final leg of the trip to our destination, Ronks, PA.

    Ronks is just a small community, but it is in the heart of Amish farm country. I wanted to give the kids a chance to see a long lost, simpler life, free of many of the technologies that now complicate our lives. As well, we are staying in a rather unique hotel. The rooms are all repurposed cabooses!
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    Joanne Mickelson

    Love the family picture. Looks like a really good meal too. What an adventure you guys are on sounds like so much fun. Enjoy!


    Love the plates too. Lots of room for lots of variety! Netty


    Lovely picture. Mom/ Oma

  • Day3

    Ancora Amish, Lancaster County

    March 22, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    All'unanimità abbiamo deciso di tornare a Lancaster County per vedere gli Amish, mangiare l'apple pie e dormire ancora al Country view Pa. Questa volta sono venuti anche Michela, Antony e Gioacchino, anche se a loro non è piaciuto tanto come a noi.

    Sono tre ore d'auto e sinceramente non mi ricordo se ci siamo fermati da qualche parte... Mi ricordo che Gioacchino ha sbagliato strada e siamo stati noi a dirgli dove andare per uscire da New York....

    Arrivati siamo andati al Kitchen Kettle Village a al The Old Country Store e a mangiare a Olde Mill Restaurant. Un ristorante Amish.

    Poi abbiamo girato in auto per la campagna e mentre loro si riposavano al b&b io ho passeggiato tranquillamente.... Non troppo perché un toro mi ha attaccato... C'era il recinto ma era leggero e ho avuto una paura!!!
    Cena da Harvest Drive Fisher's Restaurant, dove eravamo stati anche lo scorso anno e ci era piaciuto perché autentico.
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  • Day10

    Come essere a Wisteria Lane

    June 16, 2015 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    L'ho cercato un posto così...Volevo sentirmi a Wisteria Lane.
    Desperate Housewives è stata la prima serie tv per le mie figlie. L'abbiamo vista tutta in italiano e poi ripartite in inglese. La loro prima serie in inglese, quella che ha fatto venire loro voglia di continuare a guardarne (troppe, lo so...)

    Non è uguale ma l'atmosfera è quella.
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  • Day10


    June 16, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Qualche anno fa mi era presa un'ossessione per gli Amish. Avevo letto vari libri e perdevo ore a guardare le foto dei loro quilt. Quando abbiamo organizzato la nostra vacanza a New York non ho resistito ad aggiungere una visita ad una delle zone Amish più vicine raggiungibili. Questa scelta ha avuto successo per tutta la famiglia e quando l'anno dopo siamo tornati, tutti e quattro abbiamo voluto ripetere questa esperienza.

    Non abbiamo fatto visite turistiche ma solo passeggiato o scorrazzato in auto attorno alla campagna, entrati in qualche negozio e mangiato nei ristoranti Amish. Veri ristoranti Amish dove ci sono solo altri Amish e dove alle sette di sera si chiude. Dove il cibo è vero, saporito e semplice.
    Che nostalgia!
    Sono tutti sorridenti, gentili, ti salutano per strada. Le foto sono tutte sfuocate perché le ho fatte dall'auto. Gli Amish non amano essere fotografati.
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  • Day12

    Amish house and farm

    June 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Vi tog tidligt afsted for at komme godt igang.
    Morgenmaden passede til stedet - den var elendig.
    Yoghurten var frosen og vaflerne skylle varmes fra fugtig halvfrosen tilstand, men drengene var glade og spiste veltilfreds.
    Vi besluttede os for at tage hele deluxe premium pakken med rundtur i huset, selvguidet tur rundt på farmen og en bustur rundt i området. Vi fik set mange amish hestevogne og op til flere amish på løbehjul. De må nemlig ikke cykle her. Vi bemærkede også at de gik barfodet - næsten alle amish.
    Stoppede på en farm og ved et bageri. Dejlig oplevelse og meget informativt om deres liv og historie.
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  • Day8

    A Lazy Day in Amish Country

    July 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Our trip is already 1/2 over, but it's been a busy, fun-filled week. Today, we slowed things down with the only planned event being a short drive into downtown Lancaster, PA. First stop was the country's oldest farm market where we bought muffins and smoothies for breakfast. We found a bench alongside the historic market building to eat our food and watch a young boy stacking and unstacking plastic cups with blazing speed.

    We spent about two hours on a walking tour of the downtown checking out a number of eclectic and vintage shops as well as a skate shop for Aaron. This was our first day of comfortable weather so it was very enjoyable. We drove back to our Red Caboose via Strasbourg, a small town nearby with a renowned rail museum and a functioning steam train tour. The train takes you on a 45 min tour of the Amish countryside. We decided, however, it would be more enjoyable to do a tour in an Amish, horse drawn buggy instead. They depart regularly from our Caboose parking lot so it's real easy.

    We arrived back at our Caboose to relax and unwind for a bit just in time for the quarter final match between Russia and Croatia. The plan was to watch the game and then go on a buggy ride. However, as most of you know, the game went into overtime and penalty kicks. By then, we decided it would be better to leave it until tomorrow and go for dinner instead. So, we prepared to walk the mile to Isaac's Restaurant. That didn't work out because there is no sidewalk or shoulder along the road to safely walk there. However, all things happen for a reason. We were positioned perfectly to watch the Pennsylvania steam train go past.

    Dinner was enjoyed by all. It's a bit of a challenge to find eateries when you have one family member who is very fussy and limited in her likes when it comes to food and another who is 90% vegan. I had a good, old fashioned bacon and cheese burger.
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    Nice place for a lazy day. Is WiFi free there? Netty


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