One of the very best things about moving to a new place is that you have no preconceived notions about where to go and what to do for a quite a while so you just keep trying new things. One day last week, my husband had the day off so we decided to tick off another of our ‘new places’ for lunch. We set the satnav and took off for the 20-minute ride to the restaurant. Lunch was just okay, but we were both surprised to see a lovely park nearby with lots of spring blooms. Even though it was raining, we decided to break out the umbrellas and have a bit of a look around.
Frontier Park, Erie, Pennsylvania. Check out the view that peaked our interest!
And oh, I would’ve loved to have used this shot in Jude’s Bench Challenge! Alas, I didn’t get this in time for April’s Benches with a View and Metal Benches aren’t till September. So Jude, better late (or early) than never, right? Or is that bending the rules again?Far from being a bad thing, the rain actually seemed to highlight the magnificent scenery as we headed into the park…We were happy to find trails that ran alongside the creek.
And certainly the views of the quaint little bridges were picturesque……even with the bold colours of spring determined to be front and center sometimes. And of course, just because it was too late/early, I stumbled on yet another bench with a view!I mean just look at that magnificent tree!And all this says nothing of the signs of spring popping out all over!Not only waking up, but gloriously exploding right in front of us!And even then, this surprising place wasn’t done with me…right before we left, we noticed quite a few trees near the water looking a bit precarious and thought how strange it was that someone would leave a job half done like this….But then we figured it out. It must be the work of beavers! Might have to come back and see if I can get a view of them at some point. But for now, it was time to leave….An unexpected find on our luncheon outing….but wait! There’s more!
Returning to our vehicle, we were taking one last look at the park and then turned around, glanced across the street, and saw this!After our lackadaisical lunch, my husband (a more dedicated chocoholic you never have met!) was salivating as he looked across the road and spied this. So of course we had to have a look….
On our way in, we found yet another of the quirky Erie Fish (might have to do a whole post on them later)! But for now, let me introduce you to the Chocolate-Covered Bassberry!And look how much effort was put into the exterior of this place!But of course, that wasn’t the main attraction for my husband…he was already on his way inside…..I had to run to catch up!
Evidently, Romolo’s is a family-owned pursuitWith some local pride too!And I just love places where you get a glimpse behind the scenes….And my husband was not disappointed…
He even took time to check out their Cocoa Cafe. Not a great surprise I suppose since he loves his coffee just as much as his chocolate. Put the two together and I begin to have serious concerns….. And even more worryingly……do they deliver???? So perhaps not the outing we originally planned, but a good afternoon nonetheless in an area I’m sure we’re going to be seeing alot of in future.
Anyone around here hungry?