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|Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM||comments ()|
I have always wanted to go to Hershey, PA ever since I was a kid. My mother and I had plans to go "one day", but unfortunately, we never had the chance. We talked about it on several occasions as my mother was an avid Hershey fan. She loved chocolate, all kinds, but Hershey was definitely her favorite. I have many memories of her buying the extra large bars from Walgreens in the 70s and 80s, sometimes with nuts and sometimes without.
The trip was absolutely fantastic and Hershey, PA is definitely worth the trip!!
I had no real expectations for the trip, except to have fun and we did.
We stayed at Hershey lodge, which if your budget allows, is a must. It's everything Hershey, clean, good food and every restaurant gives you kisses, of course, with every check.
Chocolate World is also a place to go. This is where you can make your own Hershey Chocolate Bar, taste test the many chocolates they make, learn about chocolate, see a 4-D movie, meet the fun Hershey characters and buy your chocolate to take home with you. Believe it or not, we did get all of our chocolate back to 105 degrees in Arizona without melting, which was a challenge with the East Coast heat, but well worth the efforts, as we are still enjoying our purchases. They even have their own bakery with homemade goodies. The best buy would be a toss up between kisses with macadamia nuts or an extra large peanut butter chocolate chip cookie with a large peanut butter cup in the middle...yum, yum...that alone would be well worth the trip back!!
Hershey park was also a hit with the kids. Ranged 5-8, they all loved it with many rides and a water park area. We did not go on all of them, but on enough of them that the kids had so much fun and were thrilled to be there.
I recommend at least 3 nights to enjoy the experience. We spent two nights and 3 days and there was still plenty to do and see.
As summer winds down, if you still want to make the effort to get away, look into it, I posted a link on my links page.
I am happy to say, that I finally made the trip, instead of with my mother, with my daughter, who in many ways is just like my mother. I felt that she somehow was there with me enjoying every minute and every indulgent bite of chocolate.
My mother taught me to enjoy chocolate and I am glad she did!!
Make the effort to do something that you have always wanted to do. All of my
|Posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:07 PM||comments ()|
On our way to see Annie on broadway...how exciting! When I was a child my
mother did the best she could to bring culture into our lives. We didn't have
much money, so she would save up for tickets to shows that she wanted us to see. Growing up in the Chicago land area was easy to bring culture into our lives. Now, living in Arizona, I find it a bit of a challenge to bring culture in to my daughters life. Yes, there is culture here, and I am not knocking it, but it is different than a large metropolitan city. Chicago has some of the best zoos, museums, art history and the like. Obviously, it is no New York, but pretty
darn good! Even though Arizona is growing and one of the larger cities in America and getting better....it is still very reminiscent of a small town.
I feel very fortunate to be going to New York to see a play. My first Broadway play as well!! My daughter and I are sharing this first experience and I am savoring every moment. We're taking the train, a first for my daughter, right into Grand Central Station. Walking through the city, stopping in Time Square, dinner and a show, then home. It will be an experience I will cherish forever and I know she will too.
Even though you may not live in a big city or even near one, it is important to bring culture and diversity into your child's life. This will help them learn, grow, experience and accept. Take advantage of all the things you can to educate your child and have them grow up as a well rounded individual. Large city or small town there are opportunities for all. Local plays or Broadway, large zoos and aquariums or small petting zoos and art
fairs. Take advantage. Make a difference.
I'm grateful for my mother and her saving her money to take us to plays, zoos, museums and the city to experience different cultures. I now realize how lucky we were, even if we were in the back row of the theater. All my best, Dyan
|Posted on January 30, 2013 at 1:06 AM||comments ()|