Thursday, November 1, 2012


Back in April of this year we made a spontaneous decision to head over to the US and visit good friends of ours who live in New York state. As this was an unplanned and impromptu trip it was all the more exciting! 

Outside the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx
The fact that we would hook up with dear friends we had not seen for several years and the bonus that another couple of mutual friends from Long Beach in California would also make the trip East so we could all holiday together made the trip all the more special. We were not disappointed.

Our friends were the kindest most generous hosts (as we knew they would be!), and we had simply the best time. Our stay including a trip to a Baseball game to watch the New York Yankees, a first for us and a visit to the New York Botanicals. 

We also got to spend a day touring several of the wineries in the region.....well, it would have been rude not to!

For the most part the weather was kind although our tickets to the US Open Womens Singles Final at Flushing Meadow were rendered useless when a tornado touched down in Queens and the stadium was evacuated!!

The Liberty Bell

During our stay we also managed a trip down to Philadelphia where we spent a few days exploring the city, Independence Hall, enjoyed a walk along Penn's Landing

With our friends alongside the Delaware River with the Benjamin Franklin bridge in the background.

and also visiting Amish Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

We said farewell to our friends and headed to Washington DC for a few days before our return home. Whilst in DC we were able to see most of the main attractions including the White House, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. 

View from the Lincoln Memorial

We cycled along the Mall and the Potomac River and walked until our feet hurt!! 

We also enjoyed some truly scrumptious vegetarian meals whilst in town.

All in all, a superb trip and one which has left us with lasting memories and a desire to return to the USA at the next opportunity!

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