outside philly

lighting the candles

Fourth of July in Lititz, PA

In Lititz, PA the Fourth of July is a very big deal. Forget Christmas—Fourth of July is THE social event of the year in Lititz. Volunteers organize several days of festivities in Lititz Springs Park. The Lions Club puts on the all-American small town parade. College students home for the summer reunite with high school […]

Filbert Street

San Francisco, I love you!

One of my favorite getaways is visiting Superwoman in San Francisco. I was sad to see her leave Philly back in ’05, but she loves her new home and is a most amazing hostess and guide. During past visits, we’ve seen the required tourist sites, traipsed around a goat farm and had a cheese class […]

the famous windmills

Windmills in 13 easy steps

Last year at this time, we were vacationing in the Netherlands and Belgium, having narrowly avoided the unpronounceable volcano that wreaked havoc on so many travelers. On April 27, 2010, we left our cozy houseboat in Amsterdam and decided to visit the famous Kinderdijk windmills en route to Bruges. If you’re without car, you can […]

Jameson's Sugar House

Sugar House versus sugar house

Sugar House in Fishtown, Philadelphia: Sugar house in Chester, Massachusetts:

The raging fire begins

New England Trip Part 4: Keene and Brattleboro

The last leg of our 2010 New England trip: Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT

Portland Farmers' Market

New England Trip Part 3: Portland, ME

The Portland, ME leg of our New England 2010 trip.