Lancaster Trip and Award(s)/Tag

I have been wanting to post these pictures ever since I visited Lancaster few weeks back.The past couple of weeks have been very hectic that I missed some of my favorite events too!I guess the season is also to blame to some extent, although there is not much Summer in the North east this year.Its always raining or cloudy!So we try and stick to close by attractions!

Lancaster County,also known as the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is famous for its Amish people.This is a peaceful place where you can get away from the hustle, bustle of our every day lives, relax in a horse drawn carriage(Buggy) and enjoy the green endless farms.All I remember seeing in my 40 minute buggy ride was Green and blue colors.Seems so untouched and unpolluted!

Filled with 28 covered bridges, the place has dramatic views and a slow paced life style.

In their houses, the Amish speak Dutch, a dialect of German but are taught English when they begin to go to school.Kids go to school in a formal setting(one -room schools) until 8th Grade by teachers who had education until 8th grade themselves!Later on , the parents take up the responsibility of coaching them.I could not take a picture of the school, by the time I took the camera out, the school was far behind me.

We wanted to visit a few more places around Lancaster but with a kid, you can imagine what its like!We plan 101 things and end up visiting 1 or 2:).

We went to Strasburg rail road and I must say the ride and the train both reminded me of the unforgettable trains in India.There is a certain charm to the 'choo choo,Chug Chug' trains as my daughter calls it!

Award with a Tag

I have been passed awards from the lovely Ramya and Suparna .Thanks so much!I had fun doing this:D as much as I enjoy reading all your tags..

Here we go:

What is your current obsession?
Photography and Blogging, of course

What are you wearing today?
Capri and Black Top

What's for dinner?
Peas and Carrot Pulao

What’s the last thing you bought?
Organic Whole Milk

What are you listening to right now?
Watching CSI

What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Creative and Lovely bloggers!

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Sun glasses and bottled water

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

Which language do you want to learn?
Tamil! My husband is from Madras and yet it’s a shame I couldn’t learn in almost 10 yrs of my stay with him :D

What’s your favourite quote?
Its hard to choose 1 quote among my favs but here are 2 that I like
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abe Lincoln
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. –Nelson Mandela

Who do you want to meet right now?
My Grandparents

What is your favourite colour?

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?
Lavender color Skirt

What is your dream job?
An architect ( To those of you who watch Seinfeld: No! I am not George and I don’t work for Vandalay Industries!)

What’s your favourite magazine?
National Geographic

If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
On my daughter’s clothes/Toys.

What do you consider a fashion faux pas? (Faux pas mean error in etiquette.. )
Salwar and sneakers

Who are your style icons?

Describe your personal style?
Simple and Comfortable; Nothing too heavy and jazzy!

What are your favorite movies?
The list is huge-DDLJ, Godavari (Telugu),RainCoat, Shawshank Redemption. Usual Suspects..

What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can't live without?
All I use are Lipstick, Perfumes and Eyeliner (I don’t use cosmetics all that much so I can live with out all the 3)

What inspires you?
Creativity and Courage

What do you try to cook when you have cooking blues (When you feel real lazy to cook some thing)"?
I usually order Pizza but if I have to cook, that will be rice and dal

Give us three styling tips that always work for you:
Being comfortable in what I wear

What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?
Interesting qn but I dot think I ever came across such a situation!

What Kitchen gadget would you like to own?
Food Processor

Which is the one gadget/utentsil without which you just can’t work?
Pressure Cooker, although I had a blast in my house in which I couldn’t hear for a couple of days:P.. No lesson learnt looks like.He he He

What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
Play with my daughter or watch cartoons!

What is the meaning of your name?
Poetry:) It is easy to guess what my name is now!Can you ?And yes, the blog is under my daughter's name and not mine:D

Which other blogs you love visiting?
All of ‘em! Each one is so unique ..

Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Chocolate in any form

Favorite Season ?

What is your funniest cooking disaster?
While there are many incidents, this happened recently so easy to remember-The recipe for crackers calls for All purpose flour and I tried to replace it with the whole wheat flour that I had in the house, which is more close to chapatti flour. I followed the instructions and made the dough. I made it into a cracker shaped pieces and put it in a 450 F oven and was happily waiting for the kneaded dough to become crispy and all nice like store bought crackers and .. there I was holding a soft, chewy, weird textured dough Oops..cracker! My parents were there at the time and we could not stop laughing at my so called “CRACKER”LOL

What is your comfort food?
Rasam and Rice

What is the one dish that you love to make over and again?

Who inspired you to start blog?
Initially my friend Siri and later, I think I got inspired by all you bloggers!

Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.

I am replacing the Give us three styling tips that always work for you with:
Which 3 places do you like to visit/vacation?
My question: Which 2 blogger friends would you like to invite to your place and what would you like to cook for them?

I am passing this to these lovely bloggers:

Srilakshmi of Annapurna
EC of Simple Indian food
Pratibha of the The Chef and Her Kitchen
Vrinda of Sankeerthanam
Vani of Mysoorean
Aquadaze of Served with Love

For now,


Siri said...

those are some beautiful pics Shri..

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

I thought it was 'New York' ;)

If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
On my daughter’s clothes/Toys.
-- this is so so true ;)

What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
Salwar and sneakers --

Hahahahahaha...sadly there are so many women who still do this faux pas!!

What is the meaning of your name?
Poetry:) It is easy to guess what my name is now!Can you ?And yes, the blog is under my daughter's name and not mine:D

-- Do you want me to guess :))))

I guess, I had my own mini-meme here in your comment section!!


Divya Vikram said...

Great reading your meme. I will not be posting the roundup until next week. So you can go ahead and send a sandwich recipe if you wish!

Vrinda said...

Congrats on ur award and thanx for sharing with me..Hey me too visited lancanster county few weeks back,my son enjoyed the tarin trip,its only 40 minutes from my home..its a beautifulll place with greenary everywhere,i had posted the pics in my orkut...,will go again in fall

Shri said...

Glad you know me way better than I thought;P!Yes, I love NY but nothing beats Paris esp when I am getting everything for free..LOL!

Thanks Divya!

My daughter loved the train ride too.I just saw your location.Phoenixville is about 45 mts from my place.I live in Lehigh Valley!One of my friends mentioned that there is a nice Indian movie theater there..Never came there though!

Pooja said...

Wow it seems like a great place to be! Will add this to my list :) Congrats on the awards and nice to know more about you :)

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely pictures...was really nice reading more abt u and knowing u better....i guess ur name is kavitha(am i right)

Nithya said...

Guess you had a nice time.. :) Nice to know more about you. :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice reading your meme........beautiful pictures.....congrats on your award dear

aquadaze said...

What a great place it sounds!! Congrats on the awards, it is always fun to read memes; thank you for giving me the chance to do one :)

Shri said...

Yes, that is correct!I opened an email ID at the time I started blogging on her name and I guess I went with it...

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Shri, lovely photographs. Congrats on your awards. I love visiting lancaster, it is like travel back in time. Sometimes wish we can have a life like them in that serene beauty. You are right about the weather in North east, it is August and not much of summer fun yet.

Srilakshmi said...

Amazing place and Superb Photography! I love the long stretch of fields, must have been a treat to the eyes! Congratulations on your awards! - Very well deserved and thanks a ton for passing it on to me :-)

Regarding the Books comment you left on my blog, Interpreter of Maladies was a good read - not my kind, but it was good and Nope, I didn't complete Life of Pi either :-D.. just read the intro (which was very good) and a couple of chapters and the pace was too slow for me after that. By the time I wanted to finish it off, I got a second-due notice from the library.. so had to return it back :-( so read the summary from Wiki and was content with it :-D

Ramya said...

Congrats On u'r award shri..Nice writeup!!Who doesnt love trains??Nice reading abt u..Njoy the awards

Shri said...

Srilakshmi, You sound like my husband.He reads cliff notes of the classics and laughs at me for wasting my time to read the entire book:)Prbly, I will start doing that from now!

Rush said...

always wanted to go..good u posted the blog, reminded me it HAS to be on my travellist!!
cool pictures

Rush said...

congrats on ur award and the tag is a good read :)

Uma said...

beautiful pics! thanks for the virtual tour! Congrats on the awards. Nice tag too :)

kittymatti said...

such beautiful pics!! Lush and beautiful

The tag was interesting! congrats!

Shri said...

Pooja, Shama, Nithya for your lovely comments.

Aquadaze,Looking fwd to your Meme

A2Z:Wont it be lovely to go home early like they do?I am planning to become Amish..LOL

Rush:Looking at your travels, I am sure you will enjoy this place

Shri said...

Ramya, Uma and Kittymatti-Thanks gals!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Congrats on award dear and nice to know about u. Beautiful pics...

*sangi* said...

Congrats on ur awards dear!
Tnx for the beautiful pics.

Soma said...

beautiful pics ! we lived in NJ for 8 years & would be driving to pittsburgh so frequently as we had relatives there. every single time we would plan for lancaster & it never happened:-( now we moved.

nice read.. :-) your name means poetry.. now what do i call u?;-D

Vrinda said...

U liv in lehigh valley,great ,beautiful place,right..ya there is one movie theater in downtown,just 5 mints from my home,but not indian movie theater,once i saw a big croud ifront of theater, some Rajani's movie was playing..

Shri said...

Thanks-Mythreyi, Sangi!

Soma, You can call me Shri and pretend you don't know my real name!:D:P

LV is a beautiful place,yes, but I stayed in Portland, OR earlier and I must say, I prefer Portland to PA..Partly bcuz LV is not predominantly Indian and you have to work hard to find an Indian restaurant!I lived in LV for 7 yrs now so I do have a soft spot for it though!

Jyoti V said...

Hi Shri,

First time at your blog...nice work..keep going...
Congrats on your award...

GentleLavender said...

Lovely pics. I liked your brief notes about Amish life. I just bought a book by Jodi Picoult that highlights Amish way of life. Seeing your beautiful pics made me want long to see Lancaster too. Keep writing.

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