This morning’s Random 5 post comes to you from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Yesterday we took the train from NYC to Princeton, NJ, where we rented a car and are looking forward to more interesting explorations. Thanks to Nancy at A Rural Journal for hosting the Friday Random 5…I know I say this every week, but some really fine bloggers hook up to her site every week, and are well worth your time!
Here’s my Random 5 for this week:
- I love eating seasonally, and that means I’ve been getting more than my fair share of pumpkin. This past week I enjoyed pumpkin hummus in NYC, and last night I had a pumpkin risotto at Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia. Talula’s is spendy, but the food is fresh, local, and exquisite. If you’re looking for a splurge, check it out. We had s’mores for dessert, truly decadent with rich, dark chocolate.
- We’ve been fortunate in our lives that we have been able to travel the world and see some of its greatest art. Yesterday we explored the Barnes Foundation, right in good ol’ Philadelphia, which is filled with Renoirs, Cezannes, and the occasional Van Gogh sprinkled in the mix. It is one of the great museums of the world, in my opinion. We walked from room to room, gasping all the way.
- Riding around in downtown Philadelphia makes me cringe. We plugged in our GPS (affectionately known as Gertrude or Gertie) to take us to Independence Hall, but at rush hour it’s hard to get in the right lanes and make the turns, so our trip was longer and more stressful than we expected. After more than 30 years of living in Houston, you would think it wouldn’t faze me, but no.
- We also saw the Rodin museum. We had no idea that Philly had one, but when we saw it we decided to wander in.
- I’m looking forward to spending some time in Amish country. Cities are nice, but I’m ready to get back into more rural settings.
Have a great weekend!
i enjoy rural best. pumpkins yum. ( ;
Me too, Beth. It’s so odd since I was a city girl for 30 years, but I love rural. Yesterday we drove into a more rural area and saw horses, farms, and barns, and it was such a relief! I feel so claustrophobic in cities these days.
You always have such interesting random facts Nadine — I don’t get to travel much at all, so it’s wonderful to see the country through other’s eyes. xo
Thanks, Nancy! Some weeks I have a tough time coming up with them, so it’s nice to know. We travel a lot less these days — once we moved to the Olympic Peninsula, we felt like we were living in the kind of place we would often go visit. But one kid lives in Queens, the other in Miami, and I have parents in the Midwest, so off we go!
Your trip sounds wonderful! I visited Philadelphia many years ago–when I was 13. I’m sure there have been changes since then.
I loved going to the Toledo Museum of Art when I lived near the city in Bowling Green, Ohio. It was my first opportunity to see some of the world’s artists.
Pumpkin hummus–sounds good! I love hummus.
Enjoy the Amish country. I’d love to see it too.
My husband says that Philly has changed a great deal — he, too, was last there as a child. It’s interesting to come back to a place after being away for a long time.