A new adventure

20170715_151858I haven’t had a Saturday off in weeks but this past Saturday, I finally had the opportunity to explore a new town not too far from my home. My friend has been encouraging me to check it out for such a long time. So I decided to take a leap of faith and drove to this new location with my daughter. This was our day to spend some quality time together. Both our schedules have been out of whack lately so we made a decision to escape towards a new adventure. The name of the town is New Hope in Pennsylvania near the Delaware River.

20170715_151743It was a humid sunny and hot day. Maybe a little too warm for my taste. The heat has been excruciating this summer and that day will probably go down in history as another scorcher. When it’s not raining like it has been on a regular basis lately, the sun is blazing. By the way, I thought rain was supposed to cool our temperature down. It feels of late it’s going higher or am I just imagining the intense heat,

As we approached the town, we caught glimpses of the Delaware river on our left and beautiful houses on our right. We drove down Main Street where we observed several restaurants and small businesses. There was plenty of metered parking on the street however we decided to park in an all day lot.

In the middle of the town, a small house was designated for visitors where we were able to get a map, booklets, and pamphlets about the town and surrounding area. If one wanted to take a ride on the Delaware river, there was also a small ferry available which will take you on a small tour up and down the river. So much to do and so little time.

I was so glad we wore comfortable shoes as there was quite a bit of walking but so worth it. There were museums to satisfy everyone’s taste and small shops with various types of merchandise. As we went door to door looking at jewelry, clothing, and other paraphernalia, we happened to purchase some items at relatively good prices. But don’t be fooled, there were also quite a few high-end stores. If you’re on a budget, beware or bring some extra money if you want to spend a little more.

A  small bridge connects New Hope Pennsylvania to Lambertsville New Jersey We walked to the other side where we got a better view of the Delaware River. If you have a taste for antiques and additional shopping, you’ll find it here.

We slipped into a small coffee shop which also sold ice cream in order to get a break from the heat. My daughter ordered mint chocolate chip and I ordered buttered pecan. What a treat after a nice day. It was extremely refreshing and delicious.

Beautiful flowers were arranged in unison by a sidewalk. Crowds of people everywhere enjoying the moment. We were so glad we had the opportunity to spend the day together.

20170715_153330After walking around Lambertsville, we went back to New Hope and stopped at a few more stores where we made additional purchases. Our finale was at a popular restaurant named Havana where we sat an ordered a refreshing drink and ate some appetizers.

In the future, I intend to come back to New Hope. If you have the opportunity to discover new places near your home, spend it with someone special and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Can you recommend any places near where you live?

 

 

 

 

Life at a Glance

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Are you living the life you were meant to live? These are Photos taken on the Island of Dominica. I recently spent two weeks on this island and I was inspired by its natural beauty.

20170526_135530 I was born here many years ago and came to America at the age of two. To be honest, I have visited Dominica, several years ago, but this time seemed so different. The mountains seemed larger covered from top to bottom with coconut, bamboo, and other trees which are indigenous to this island. As I looked at the sky, the color was bluer than blue. You can also smell the freshness of the Atlantic and Caribbean Ocean. The colors of the flowers, plants and trees had an intensity I hadn’t noticed before. Beautiful homes in colors of bright orange, yellow and greens added a wonderful dimension to the landscape.

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As I observed everything around me, I was amazed I hadn’t payed much attention in previous trips to this island. Why was this time so different? Then I realized I was older and looked at life very different from my younger days. I no longer took life for granted but embraced each day as if it was my last.

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I met people who had given up their busy life in their perspective countries for a much slower and simpler life in Dominica. I pondered about my life and wondered if I had what it takes to change my current lifestyle, for life in a smaller country. What we give up is all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years and certain amenities that smaller countries can’t provide. 

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Are we living the life we were meant to live? Sometimes I wonder because since childhood, our life has become more complicated as we continue to chase the almighty dollar.  Was this what God had in mind when he placed us here on earth? If I remember correctly, he placed us in the Garden of Eden, a paradise similar to the island of Dominica but much, much better. I guess I will hold these thoughts captive and contemplate what I should do in the coming years.

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When it comes to you, my suggestion if you are not interested in moving to any other country in the future, at least make time to connect with nature no matter where you are. It will make a world of difference when considering the life you are living.