Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sitting Pretty :: Postcards from Lancaster, PA

July 5 2016,

We took a few days off and drove to Lancaster, PA. We did the tourist thing. After much research, we ended at some of the usual tourist traps.

We detoured to Philadelphia and stopped at an Indonesian restaurant call Sky Cafe. The food was good. In Boston, there is a pop-up Indonesian restaurant, but no restaurant. So it is always a treat to get Indonesian food. We ordered four dishes between the two of us, and it was delicious.




Mie Bakso
The first place we visited was "The Amish Village". We took a 20 minute tour. It gave us a good start to Amish life.

We then drove around "getting lost" through the back roads looking at farms, fields and live stocks.

We also took a buggy ride on Ed's Buggy Ride. It was drawn by a young lady who was very engaging and informative. The ride was approximately 3.5 miles, up the road and down the road.

We then ended the day at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. It is basically an oversized buffet. I did not have much of an appetite, but it was prime rib night, so we ate. There was bread, salad, soup, meatballs, chicken wings, prime rib, ham, all sorts of vegetables, and desserts. It was a little bit overwhelming, but we managed.

We visited Lititz, PA and did the Julius Sturgis tour. For $3.50 we toured place where pretzel was first made. It is no longer a factory, but a "museum."

Lititz, PA is a cute town.

We also went to the Ephrata Cloister. It was an interesting place. It wasn't that busy, but the tour guide was great in explaining what this place was.

Of course we stopped at a quilt shop. We stopped at Riehl's Quilts and Crafts store that was located on an Amish farm.

Because it was Friday, the Lancaster Farmer's Market was open. We bought gifts for friends here. It's your typical farmer's market where there are vegetables, meats, cookies, fudge, sandwich and salad shop. It wasn't anything exciting for us, because we could not buy produce because we were on the road.

We ended our trip in a town that used to be known for antiques. According to one owner, he said that it is no longer what it was. Here's an "Al Capone" bar. It's only $195,000.

Quilt & Bitch

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