Monday, September 30, 2013
Off We Go to Another State Capitol and to Philadelphia PA. . .the City of Love or Something Like That
Trenton has the honor of being the Capitol of New Jersey. . .
so off we went to see the State House. . .
this is by far the most difficult State House
we have EVER tried to photograph. . .
there is nowhere you can stand to get it all in. . .
The pediment across the front blocks the view of the dome. . .
so we went around to the side to get a shot of it. . .
just beautiful. . .but not original to the building. . .
in fact the BACK of the building. . .seen here. . .
is the original State House. . .
the Dome forward is all an addition. . .
the docent explained all this to us. . .
and said that is why the building is so close to the street in the front. . .
we almost didn’t get to see this beautiful rotunda area. . .
I guess because New Jersey has such a high profile governor. . .
the security is very, very tight. . .
we’ve gone through metal detectors in other State Houses. . .
but these NJ guys wanted to see ID’s and the works. . .
you are not allowed to roam around and explore. . .
you MUST be with a tour guide at all times. . .
Since we had not arrived at a time of a scheduled tour
one of the security folks were kind enough to escort
us in to photograph the rotunda only. . .
and then escort us back out. . .
but hey. . .they gave us pencils with
Governor Christie’s name on them. . .
I was gonna show you a picture. . .
but I can’t find them. . .I’m sure they are in a very safe place. . .oops!
Philadelphia. . .which was sort of on our way
back to the RV park in Hershey was our next destination. . .
We just wanted to hit the highlights,
and have a Philly Cheesesteak so that’s what
I’m gonna show you. . .just the highlights. . .
driving in the neighborhood where the cheese steak shops were
was quite the experience. . .can you imagine this
with eight feet of snow piled up. . .aii yaiii yaiii. . .
how do these folks cope? ? ?
and here they are. . .
the illustrious Geno’s and Pat’s Cheese Steak Sandwich Shops. . .
Dave went to Pat’s. . .I went to Geno’s. . .
I brought my sandwich back over. . .
and we split them so we could compare. . .
now on this particular day. . .I must say that Pat’s had the better sandwich. . .
Geno’s could have definitely used some seasoning. . .very bland. . .
Okay. . .that’s done. . .what’s the next tourist stop?
a beautiful view of the Penn Building. . .
and a close up
LOVE Park. . .lovely!
let’s go stand in line to see the Liberty Bell. . .
it moved really quick!
and there it is. . .
Independence Hall. . .definitely want to explore it further next trip. . .
and the United States Mint. . .no samples today. . .we always miss free sample day. . .
It was a whirlwind of a day. . .
we SHALL return to Philadelphia to explore further. . .
and next time. . .I believe
we may go on the weekend when all the working folk are not down there. . .
it was packed. . .parking was pricey. . .and I’m sad to say
it really was not that enjoyable of an experience. . .
but. . .I do want to see it all in a more leisurely fashion,
so we shall return at a later date. . .not sure when. . .but later. . .
‘til next time,
Janice and Dave
Friday, September 20, 2013
the sweetest place on earth. . .
does it get any better than this?
our first chocolate adventure
the outfits were so great. . .
our friend Donna told us to swan dive into a vat of chocolate. . .yum!
making sure our candy bar is being made correctly. . .
the funniest part. . .one child in the entire group. . .
all the adults lined up with our faces against the glass. . .
our next Chocolate World Adventure. . .a simulated factor tour. . .
the singing cows were great. . .the tour was even better. . .
and the highlight of the day. . .a tour of Hershey. . .
highly recommend. . .fabulous tour guide. . .
and the Milton Hershey story is really great. . .
the Original Hershey Factory
Hershey Park – Seven Roller Coasters. . .nope. . .don’t think so!
the original Hershey Hotel – built in 1933
Famed Hershey Kisses Avenue – wrapped and unwrapped
famed Hershey Smoke Stacks
Hershey Dairy Farms
and the perfect ending to a wonderful day. . .
‘til next time,
Janice and Dave