We finally went!
I have been wanting to take him up there ever since our first date. He mentioned that he had been to New Jersey once…to Camden. I grew up where the Real Housewives of NJ is filmed. These two places couldn’t be any different. (Quick Note: I grew up in a wealthy area…my family however, was not) We went back in September and it was the perfect excuse to escape the craziness surrounding us at the time.
We embarked on our grand road trip ..but first a pit-stop. We heard about Hillsville Flea Market, right over the Virginia border, an apparent gold mine of vintage Pyrex, which I so lovingly collect. I have never seen so much of these precious jewels in one place…overwhelming in the best way possible of course. I could have spent days just wondering through the booths…quite literally days! We looked around for about 2 hours and saw a mere fraction of the vendors.
My aunt and uncle were gracious enough to let us stay with them for the week and also served as our amazing NYC tour-guides. I was super psyched to take Doug into the city and it couldn’t have been a more perfect day. We went on one of those double-decker bus tours which I would highly recommend to anyone. All the sights were seen. Many photos were taken..BUT I didn’t realize that the camera on my phone was set on the lowest resolution until a week later…hooray Erin! So, you are just gonna have to trust me that we were there and it was awesome.
Doug finally got to try NJ pizza…so good! I think I also made him stop every morning so I could get a bagel. I brought home a dozen and stuck them in my freezer for those times I’m craving a good bagel.
One of the highlights of the trip was going to Carlo’s Bake Shop from TLC’s Cake Boss.
It was much smaller then what I had imagined.
Once you go in, someone hands you a ticket with a number and you wait until that number is called. I think we were there for an hour and a half total…not as bad as I was thought it would be. It gave me plenty of time scope everything out and gawk. This is the little sitting area on the show where Buddy has his consultations.
This is me spending too much money…but oh so worth it! I’m glad they lived up to the hype.
Sadly, we had to come back home. But before we did…one more pit-stop!
Hershey, Pennsylvania. A magical magical place…
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