Harrisburg, PA – May 2018 – Pennsylvania State Capital

In our travels we have seen half of the state capitals in America without really trying. Amazingly we had not seen the Pennsylvania state capital, despite having lived in that state for many years. Since we were in the area we stopped by.

We were immediately blown away by how ornate the interior is.

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The walls and ceilings have decoration throughout, with stained glass and other impressive features.

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The rotunda has medallions and lunettes.

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The chambers are equally ornate.

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The rotunda has an amazing ceiling. Who knew Pennsylvania had such an amazing capital.

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Hershey, PA – May 2018 – Antique Automobile Club of America

The Antique Automobile Club of America built a nice transportation museum near Hershey, Pennsylvania. More commonly known as the ACCA Museum, it houses a number of automobiles, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

Currently the very cool Hershey Kissmobile is displayed at the front entrance.

 

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The building has 3 levels, with a nice lobby featuring a beautiful ragtop.

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Many of the cars are located within themes.

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The museum has a nice mix of automobiles and trucks – all restored to original condition.

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A full Atlantic Gas Station is displayed, complete with the Service Truck.

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The lower level features the Bus Museum.

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Their current primary exhibit is on Tuckers.

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Three fully restored Tucker’s are shown.

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Strasburg, PA – May 2018 – Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania near the small town of Strasburg. With over 100 locomotives and cars it is one of the larger rail museums in America. A trip to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is highly recommended for any rail or transportation fans.

 

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The Rolling Stock Hall, designed like a large train shed is immaculately clean. From above the equipment almost look like model railroad cars.

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The collection covers from the late 1800s until the 1950s.

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The museum was built by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and continues today with support from a non profit group.

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All of the equipment housed indoors has been restored to near original condition.

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In addition to the rolling stock there are numerous other pieces, including benches from rail stations.

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While much of the equipment came from the famed Pennsylvania Railroad, other railroads are represented as well.

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But by far the largest collection is from the PRR.

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Some of the cars are open for inspecting, such as this ‘training car’.

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Another highlight is a full locomotive positioned over a maintenance pit that allows inspection underneath.

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The museum has a replica of the John Bull, a locomotive built in 1831. The original is at the Smithsonian.

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Nearby is the Red Caboose Motel – where you can spend the night in a caboose.

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Philadelphia – May 2018 – Views of the City

A Sunday afternoon in downtown Philadelphia…

 

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Flowers outside Independence Hall Visitor Center.

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Everything in Philadelphia seems to be dedicated to Benjamin Franklin. Apparently his newspapers are laying on the ground to this day.

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway that leads to the Art Museum (and the Rocky statue)

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An Airplane outside the Franklin Institute

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As well as the grand front entrance.

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A fountain in the Franklin Parkway looking back towards City Hall.

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The Pennsylvania Convention Center – built in part in the old Reading Railroad Terminal.

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Philadelphia – May 2018 – Simeone Automotive Collection

The Simeone Automotive Collection is located in a warehouse near the Philadelphia Airport. The cars were obtained by a now retire neurosurgeon named Frederick Simeone.

His stated goal for the collection was that all of the cars needed to be sports cars with fenders and headlights, have a history of road racing, be a significant winner and have mostly original parts.

The automobiles are group by period or type of racing.

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette that raced at the original Watkins Glen Road Races.

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1925 Alfa Romeo RLSS

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1975 Alfa Romeo 33 TT 12

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The LeMans collection – 10 stunning race cars lined up as though they are ready for the start.

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1933 Squire Roadster – one of only 7 ever made.

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1967 Ford MK IV

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Kennett Square, PA – May 2018 – Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is located in suburban Philadelphia, in the town of Kennett Square. Considered by most as one of the foremost gardens in America it is an amazing display of horticultural coupled with architecture and water features.

The Gardens have been located here since the 1700s where the Pearce family began cultivating trees. It wasn’t until the early 1900s when one of the DuPont family members purchased the gardens did it really become the showcase that is renown around the world.

 

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The day we visited nearly every person arriving headed straight for the flower gardens.

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Where a fountain graced the pathway.

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There are over 800 volunteers who keep the gardens immaculate. Once a flower loses it’s bloom they will remove it and replace it with something else.

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Resulting in vivid displays.

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Water features are everywhere, including this Italian Water Garden.

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This gazebo is a popular spot for weddings.

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While other buildings used for mechanicals are equally impressive with the floral.

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But the highlight is without a doubt the are the fountains. TheĀ  5 acre Main Fountain Area is said to combine Italianate ornamentation with French Grandeur coupled with a World’s Fair showmanship.

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Water features are everywhere, all synchronized to provide displays. The Bellagio has nothing on Longwood for fountain displays.

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Inside the Conservatory the floral and fauna continue to amaze.

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The variety of plants and flowers are extensive, many I had never seen before.

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And all in picture perfect condition.

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As you exit the conservatory you are again given an expansive view of the fountains.

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As well as another smaller flower garden.

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Before ending up at the Carillon, which provides chimes every 15 minutes. Longwood Gardens is truly an amazing place.

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Pittsburgh – July 2017 – Anthrocon AKA The FURRIES

Each year in Pittsburgh over 7000 people attend Anthrocon, a convention for people who like to dress up in furry costumes. In addition over 2000 of them participate in a brief parade around the convention center.

Think what you might, this was easily one of the best photo ops I have ever seen. The people all were very cool (albeit quiet) and were more than willing to pose. It was a hoot, and will be hard to top for general strangeness for subject matter. This one is highly recommended to anyone with a sense of humor.

 

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