Travel Blog By J
Oct 2010

My friends and I took a break from New York and drove to Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia, DC and Maryland.  This we all did in one weekend!

Here are the stops we made  in PENNSYLVANIA:

THE AMISH VILLAGE (Strasburg, Pennsylvania)

The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress and a reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology.  In this 10-hectare village in Strasburg, PA sits an authentic Amish farmhouse that provide a glimpse of Amish life.  The tour will explain a typical day for an Amish family and highlight the simple ways they do things around the house. The area also houses a school, a blacksmith shop, picnic grounds, livestock, and a smoke house.

A typical Amish home

the picnic grounds and a family carriage

Amish clothes are simple and have no buttons.

We didn'y see real Amish people but this would do :)

The Amish women are also known to make intricate quilts.

Philadelphia is home to many historical sites that are related to the founding of the United States.  There's the Liberty Bell, the Independence Hall where the Constitution was signed, homes of Edgard Allan Poe and Betsy Ross (the one who made the first American Flag).  There are also tons of museums and parks here. 

To maximize our limited time here, we took a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city with a commentary from the driver.  The tour took us along cobble stone streets, in between parks and buildings (the names of which I have forgotten but which I'm very sure are important in American history!).  Take a look...

The Indpendence Hall

The Liberty Bell
 "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."

Whispering Benches, because a whisper into the curved wall at one end can be heard at the other end.

Philly LOVE!

Who can forget that infamous scence of him running up the steps?

* All photos used here are the writer's own.