Talk about opposites! Last night to escape the heat in Philly, Marc had the brilliant idea to drive to Atlantic City. It had been on my wish list to visit, so I was game. It took about an hour and we were there, soaking up the sea, scene and spectacle/s. We didn’t go into any casinos, but chose instead to walk up and down the boardwalk. That was entertaining in and of itself. We visited the steel pier and watched with amazement at the rides. We bought salt-water taffy at the historic Fralinger’s, since 1885, btw they have great fudge too. Earlier in the day we made it back to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which was fantastic. They had these wonderful recreated rooms, from Japanese temples, to mini Versailles-style parlors. Today we left Philly and headed to Lancaster. We stopped along the way in Chadds Ford to visit the Wyeth museum. It was filled with amazing examples of three generations of Wyeth art from N.C’s, to Andrew’s to Jamie’s. They also have many other artists of the times who were so fantastic, but maybe not as famous. So very inspiring, I’m ready to break out a canvas, asap! I thought it was kind of lousy that there was an extra fee to visit Andrew’s studio, N.C’s studio was closed. Form there we headed onto an Amish home and farm museum. Marc researched it and said it got rave reviews but also gave us the heads up that it is literally in the parking lot of a Target! It was really good museum, especially since it was led by a knowledgable tour guide who educated us on all the aspects of Amish and Mennonites. Some tidbits we learned about are, single Amish men are beard-less, un-married women wear white aprons on Sunday and worship is done in the home. You might have 150 people over for Sunday service, which lasts about 3 1/2 hours. Tonight we ate dinner family style at ‘Good and Plenty’. We got to sample traditional Amish dishes, like home-baked bread, apple butter, chow-chow, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, shoe-fly pie and a pudding made with saltines and coconut. It was interesting to try these regional dishes. Monday night, Marc and Andrew tried Geno’s for philly-style steak sandwiches. Sophia and I went out for sushi. They said it was an experience, but probably not our cup of tea. So that’s the latest! It is very neat to see the horse and buggies on the roads and tonight Sophia and I hit a Goodwill and there were several gaggles of Amish women and girls shopping there as well. Their bonnets are so delicate and beautiful, but I didn’t want to stare.

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