Thursday, January 8, 2015

Small Town Travel

This is day four of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaa. Please join me as we share a month of reading, writing and discovery.  Today's topic is Travel.

Take a trip with me through Amish Country in Lancaster County.  It seems there are cornfields everywhere. One moment you are in town and you turn right, and left and you are in the middle of someone's farm. Some would say it's the best of both worlds.


Amish cornfield

Small towns often have interesting names, as seen on this sign. Thank you for calling Bank of Bird-in-Hand. My name is Robin.  How may I help you?

Are there two in the bush?
We spent the afternoon in Strasburg, and I got my first ever ride on a honest-to-goodness steam-powered train. It was a short 45-minute tour through Amish Country, and yes, more cornfields.

Choo-choo
Here we have some local artwork on display on an old railroad car.  Beauty takes many forms.

Local art
 On another day we visited the Town of Lititz. The heart of Lititz consists of two intersecting streets.  There are many restaurants and shops, including their very own chocolate factory (move over Willy Wonka). They also have a Wall of Remembrance to honor those who paid the supreme price for freedom.

Honoring their heroes
One thing you can always be sure of seeing in Lititz is ducks.  Below we have Duck Island. This is in beautiful Lititz Springs Park, which is over 200 years old.  Can you imagine how many ducks have lived here over the years?

Duck Island in Lititz Springs Park

This beautiful old building is located in Ambler, PA.  We were on our way from Ephrata to Horsham, Actually we were on our way to Philly, but reasonably-priced accommodations were not to be found, so we settled on the little town of Horsham, about a half hour outside the city and took the train.

Beautiful patterns in architecture
A newer building houses CVS, but I give them credit for styling the store to fit in with the small town surroundings, rather than the standard red brick of the ones in larger cities.

New fitting in with the old
Back in Ephrata, we visit the Green Dragon.  There is something there for everyone from fresh foods from local vendors, many of whom are Amish or Mennonite, to beautiful beeswax candles. Pretty and healthy too.

Local products
Look at all the colorful fashions. Want sunglasses, got 'em.  Need wind chimes, bird feeders, funny signs, just look around. You're sure to find something that strikes your fancy.

All the colors of the rainbow
Thanks for joining me on my journey through some quaint little towns. Every time I visit Ashley, I get to see another slice of the American pie - Pennsylvania style.










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12 comments:

  1. Loved you post! Can't wait for you to visit again soon!

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    1. Hey Ashley, glad you liked it. Lots of good memories from that trip. If it's OK, I'll wait for warmer weather! :)

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  2. It appears as if the artwork that appears one railroad cars has become ubiquitous across the world. I find some of it quite interesting.

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    1. The difference between art and graffiti is the beauty.

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  3. Those are incredible pictures! I LOVE the brick work on that building... and the colorful clothes look fun! I would SO buy a bees wax candle... although I have never heard they clear sinuses!

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    1. That building has the most intricate details I've seen. It was such a quaint town with lots of interesting things to see. The candles are pretty and might be worth a try. I had heard about their health benefits from a blogger hubby reads. Apparently they burn cleaner than regular candles.

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  4. I agree with Katherine, the brickwork on the one building was just stunning!

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    1. It definitely was eye catching. I love the colors and patterns.

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  5. It is a heap of fun going through Amish country. I've been down that way a few times, as well as went to college in Central PA, so I've had my fill of it. It truly is an amazing area. :)

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    1. It is very pretty country with lots of fresh local foods and handmade goods and furniture. It is a quieter lifestyle, even if you're not Amish.

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  6. Thanks for the trip. I loved the picture of the brick building. It looks like an "art deco" building. I also like the ducks and the island. Great pictures and a fun trip:`)

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    1. I loved that building and the unique brickwork and color patterns. There is a lot of neat stuff in the small towns. It was a fun trip!

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