Yes, this post has both countries in photos. Can you guess which galleries have photos from Germany?
The cool, crisp air of Autumn visited us this week in Pennsylvania. Pretty soon, it is time to unpack the sweaters, leather boots and European scarves I love so much.
But… meteorologists are predicting a warmer-than-average fall for nearly all of the United States. That was bad news for me headed to PA for leaf peeping. Foliage was not as bright, nor will it last very long. By the time I was to head home, the leaves were getting more color as the week went on. Some in PA noticed leaves dropping before getting their Fall finery.
You can see some color in the foliage of both countries. It was this time last year I visited Germany. Was it not long ago we were coping with weather up in the nineties, while saying adios to summer? The weather in both areas are similar. When I visited Germany, the temperatures were almost the same as here at home. I check weather often, and in PA the early morning temperature in Reading was 50°F and in Niagara Falls, 63°F on Thursday. That is unusual that Niagara Falls is so much warmer. The whole week followed suit.
During my visit to PA, the weather was beautiful. No rain, yet lovely cloud filled skies. I was wearing a sweater some days.
Quite a few communities have Pennsylvanians claiming German heritage. You can see evidence in many towns. One thing that felt like the homeland was the landscape itself. The mountains, hills, rivers and lakes had a European feel. Homes, churches, schools and barns built of stone which is plentiful in Pennsylvania were a reference to their life in Germany.
I wonder if you can tell which images are from Germany or Pennsylvania. I popped in two galleries from Germany just to make you look a little closer. Click the galleries for hints from which country you are viewing. Four are of PA and two are from Germany. Many images look almost interchangeable.
I hope you enjoyed the scenery in Pennsylvania and throughout Germany. Lancaster County is such beautiful farm country, much being Amish owned farms. While the Amish, ancestral homeland is Switzerland, the Amish language is Swiss/German. We called their language Pennsylvania Dutch. Dutch was not for The Netherlands, but for Deutsch which is German for German. But they talk so differently it is like a bastardized version of the German language. Below, the gallery has images from Little Switzerland in Jim Thorpe, PA, near New Jersey. It is a town very much like those found in Europe, locked in a time-warp.
One thing nice about where I am from in south-eastern PA, in a short few hours drive time, I can be in New York City, Washington, Baltimore, Wilmington, or Atlantic City.
I stopped a number of times just to take in all the beautiful landscapes, scenic mountains and well-tended farms. Why I crossed from Pennsylvania to Maryland? Eagles of course. Did I see any? Find out next post.