Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Well, what a pleasant surprise Stroudsburg PA was. No ticky tacky T shirts announcing the Poconos, no garish signs of touristy conspicuous consumerism, just a beautiful downtown area filled with unique shops and lots of casual dining options. But the best, by far, was the Olde Engine Works Antique Mall. What happens when a girl, who is already slightly hungry and has a bad case of ADD, walks into a huge space filled with aisles and aisles of antiques?? Heart be still and please try to focus...that's what happens. Should I do half the store and then go eat and come back? How should I navigate so as to not miss one single display? Where are the restrooms? Many questions running thru this cobweb I call a brain. It was Fun with a capital F.

No, I didn't take any of these pictures, they are blatantly stolen from a Newsday.com ( Long Island newspaper) because despite the beautiful surroundings it was cold, windy and rainy (kinda like Alaska in July) and I didn't bother to take my camera out of my suitcase. No, there were no Halloween displays at the Antique Mall, but it was the best picture to illustrate the fun. I did buy a white and blue ( as opposed to blue and white) Vermont plate for $4 and a cute little ginger jar w/o its lid for $3. Big spender, huh?

I think I am going back with Bob the end of May for another few days and further exploration.


PS. Yes, I *will* tell you about the May vacation soon, I promise, really I do!


  1. You are too funny! So glad you had a good time. It looks like a lovely town. :)

  2. www.lindamathieu.com/

    Janet - go here to Linda's blog Frenchless in France if you don't already know it. I think she is staying where you will be soon!! I met up with Linda when in Provence last Oct., such a fun time. You will like the pics. When do you leave?

    Glad you're having fun in the Poconos.
    I leave for England next Sat. - I need to do a ton of stuff - hair, nails/pedi, lose 10 lbs. so I can eat my fave Brit foods, find some extra money for shopping, oh yes, and pack!!!

    Hugs - Mary.

  3. Hello from Florida Janet! I have never been to the poconos but would love to drive there & stay a nice long weekend. Sounds like it was a wonderful trip! :) Chris P.S. I hear it's cold & raw at home :(! Hope it warms up when we get there Friday~Does winter ever want to let go?!


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