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Oct 8, 2014 - Our Last Day

We started out the day with finally making it to the Hershey Gardens. It is a lovely garden on a hill overlooking the city. Other than a rose garden not much was in bloom but there were lots of Fall and Halloween decorations. The Northeast certainly gets into this time of year. So many homes have decorated for the season with some of them being quite elaborate. Our next stop was a glass making studio, a pottery shop and an Amish furniture company in Strasburg stopping at a couple covered bridges on the way. Saw the pottery shop and...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Lancaster and Amish Country

Lancaster and Amish Country Several days ago we visited the Info Center in Lancaster gathering information on things to do. Decided one of several things was a 90 minute Countryside bus tour and a tour of an Amish Farm and House. We thought the 10:30 tour sounded good, but by the time we got up, had breakfast, and Judi C decided she was familiar enough with the area she could get there without Garmin - but managed to do a country tour with "closed roads", etc. we arrived at 11:15. So with space available on the 12:30 tour - we bought...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Gettysburg

Today we headed out to the Gettysburg National Military Park which was about an hour drive from Hershey. We started at the Visitor's Center where we saw the film "A New Birth of Freedom" and the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Cyclorama is a sound and light show of the spectacular 377-foot painting by Paul Phillippoteaux of Pickett's Charge completed in 1884. Pickett's Charge was a decisive Confederate defeat the ended the 3-day battle. While we were waiting for the movie to start, Judi B realized that she left her ATM card in the...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Museum District

Today we are returning to Philadelphia for culture - we made reservations for Barnes Foundation prior to leaving California. We are staying in Hershey, approximately one and one-half to two hours out of Philadelphia. After our rather lengthy drive to Hershey on Sunday, we opted to take the train in to Philadelphia - a short drive to Elizabethtown to catch the Amtrak for a relaxing hour and nineteen minute ride to the city, then one stop ride on SEPTA ( the regional rail) to be within walking distance of the Museum District. A very nice...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Covered Bridges

Woke up to really heavy fog and decided to wait until it burned off before we headed out for Lancaster, the center of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country (PDC). We stopped in at the Vistor's Center and got a lot of maps, brochures, and recommendations. We weren't sure where to start so we went to the Mr. Sticky's Sticky Buns food truck and split a walnut sticky bun. Really gooey! One of the maps we got was for all the covered bridges in the PDC and one of the suggestions was to visit the town of Lititz. There were 5 covered bridges on the way so...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Hershey

Decided to do a "get acquainted with Hershey, PA" quick tour. With a population of approximately 24,000 there cannot be much to do other than sample chocolate! Wrong - it's everything Hershey! So we started at Hershey's Chocolate World and signed up for the Hershey Tour. We boarded the Chocolate Trolley and with the driver and our entertaining guide saw all of Hershey, heard all about Milton Hershey, and sampled chocolates! Milton Hershey filed for bankruptcy four (4) times before making a go of it with chocolate! His initial confection was...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Old Town

After a good night's sleep we headed out to Old Town to see how many historical sights we could see before heading out for the Dutch Country. Our first stop was the Visitor's Center where we got some good tips and tickets for the Independence Hall tour. We started at the Liberty Bell where there was a long line. One of our good tips was that you could get a good view through a window in the back. Saved us a lot of time but limited the picture-taking options. Next stop was the Christ Church Burial Ground to see Benjamin Franklin's grave. It...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Getting There

We had an uneventful flight to Philadelphia considering that Judi C's alarm didn't go off and and she didn't wake up until 20 minutes before we were supposed to leave for the airport. But we managed to get there in plenty of time. Because of the 3-hour layover in Phoenix, we didn't get to our room until around 8 p.m. which makes for a long day. The hotel was nice and located on the Delaware River close to Old Town. We could see Camden, New Jersey across the river. We took a nice walk through Old Town--it was a happening place with lots of...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Central City, Philadelphia Trip

Arrival: 12:05 PM 30th Street Station Subway Schuylkill River Trail The Washington Monument Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Trek down Benjamin Franklin Parkway Logan Square (aka Logan Circle) Sister Cities Park Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul The Love Park Trek down Market Street The Food Court at The Gallery Liberty Bell Center Independence Visitor Center Franklin Square 8th Street and Race Street Stop (South-bound 47 SEPTA bus) Geno's Steaks 30th Street Station (6:34 PM) Departure: 7:16 PM

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Aug 22, 2014 - Philadelphia Freedom

5 days and 4,770 kryptonites later, we arrived in Philadelphia on Friday night. The tire pressure warning light that blinked on and off at irregular intervals (starting first when we were 5 miles outside of Billings, Montana) was indeed merely a “suggestion” warning light, as we had concluded via our systematic and scientific methodology of “pushing” the tire in at every 2nd gas stop to see if it felt mushy or not. It was a peer reviewed, double blind study based on the hypothesis that a flat tire will be mushier than a full tire. It’s...

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Jul 16, 2014 - Home again from Scotland

My 23 day Scotland trip is over and I'm homeward bound after an overnight in Philadelphia. It was absolutely wonderful, after the long tiring flight to be able to use my Global Entry card. Hundreds of people ahead of me at customs but with my GE card I was directed to a Kiosk with no one in line. Just a swipe of my passport and pressing my four fingers on the green window and I was finished. Also just a walk through after picking up my suitcase. If you travel much outside the US I highly recommend you take the time to get the Global Entry...

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Dec 14, 2013 - A Long-awaited Reunion

14 DEC 13 – NYC via Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Day 20. Yesterday afternoon, we managed to force ourselves to take a break from all the fun for a couple of hours, so that we could pack for today. Even so, we had to be up at 4:15 am to check out and board the Disney Magical Express at 5:00 for our ride to Orlando airport. Even though we were leaving, Disney World still managed to provide a little fun by way of goodbye, with an on-board TV show and a driver who cracked really old Dad jokes – worse than mine! Check-in was good. We managed...

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