52 Weeks Of Gratitude……A City I Visited

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     Today’s challenge was a no-brainer.  It is a city I visit often.

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     That city is Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Img_4714 600

 

We travel there several times per year and we love the rich culture and fascinating history that the city offers.  The historic area is both beautiful and enchanting nestled next to Monocacy Creek.

Another historic park of the city is just across the Lehigh River which features the Steel Stacks, home to the once flourishing Bethlehem Steel.image22

The area around it also hosts several concerts and events a year.

Some of the older buildings around Bethlehem are still being used today.

Along the Monocacy Creek is a beautiful park called the  Illick’s Mill Park which feature Illick’s Mill, a historic Grist Mill built in 1856.  It has pavilions for picnics and lots of places to explore.

Over Christmas Bethlehem clothes itself in Christmas finery and slips into its famous persona, Christmastown, USA.  Treat yourself to a romantic carriage ride around the city.  Over the weekends you can visit the Central Moravian Church where they host vespers services featuring the Moravian College choir, the Moravian College Woman’s Choir and various instrumentalists from Moravian college.  The evening ends with a candle-lighting service. Following the service there is an exhibition from the brass band in the church bell tower playing Christmas music.

If you are hungry then a trip to the Bethlehem Brew Works is in order.  It is located inside an old Brewery and many of the equipment is still present adding to the ambiance.

Of course there are many more sites to see around Bethlehem.  Main Street is abundant with small shops such as the The Chocolate Lab, the Bookshop and the Foofoo Shop.

Bethlehem also is proud to be the home of Peeps and Company, those beloved Easter Marshmallow treats.Img_0724a

There is all kinds of interesting places to see and visit.  I hope you get a chance to visit this city.

What city are you grateful for?

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