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Monday, July 22, 2013

Crossing the Delaware, Delicious Eats and a Darling Dress Shop

On a bright and glorious morning I crossed the Delaware. But it was over this bridge not via a boat. Less drama for sure.

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All at once we left Pennsylvania and found ourselves in Lambertville, New Jersey. This is Jersey? Surely not based on what the “Shore” and certain “Housewives” will tell us, but yes, this is beautiful New Jersey. Lambertville is considered the antique capital of New Jersey and I certainly believe it.

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The architecture is fabulous.

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The period details found in dentil molding and corbels captured my heart.


Red and black scallops and floral abundance.

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Brickwork and Mansard roofs were in spectacular.

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Indeed I felt as if my head needed to be on a swivel stick as there was SO much goodness to look at.

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I walked by this house and loved the combination of the butter yellow brick paired with the soft green shutters.

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Upon closer inspection I learned that the home was known as “Marshall House”. As I grew up very close to Sutter’s Fort in Northern California I knew EXACTLY who James Marshall was.

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Of course we couldn’t help ourselves and popped in to quite a few shops. Sweet boy as always makes friends wherever he goes. :)

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Happiness found.

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Next door Sweet T and I spied a sign that made our hearts quiver.

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Vintage dresses hung sweetly on mannequins placed on swings on the front porch of this repurposed old house.

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Inside we found sparkling chandeliers, wood floors and the best collection of vintage clothing and accessories I have EVER seen under one roof.

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The displays were ingenious. What was once a New York Times paper stand now holds hats and handbags.

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Harlequin patterned shoes and that hat! At that moment I could feel my heart welling up because it made me think of two very special people in my life that really should be seeing this with me. One of course was my friend Jenny…

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…The other was my dear heart daughter. My wistful tears turned to laughter as I spied a vignette that sums our relationship up perfectly. I am the floral pumps with the bright turquoise bow. She is the brightly patterned embroidered boots. And yet, somehow, we go together beautifully.

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Oh you just can’t beat the detailing on vintage clothing! As we had two hungry boys with us we sadly had to move on.

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Just a few steps down was a lovely church.

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The Gothic arches and stonework was amazing.

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Just look at…ARGH! Photo bombed AGAIN!

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Ok, just look at that heavy wood door and spectacular Corinthian columns.

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The garden next door was a delight too.

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Peaceful happiness.

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A grotto dedicated to Mary.

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We continued to meander on.

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Making a right turn along the banks of the Delaware and Raritan Canal.

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Our destination was Lilly’s on the Canal.

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We opted to sit outside.

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Because this was the view.

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Sweet boy slowing slipping his super lemonade.

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A truly delicious club sandwich.

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All too soon we needed to begin the journey back. We stopped for a snack break but I found a detour next door. A wonderful Art Deco era movie theater. 

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Inside was an old fashioned ticket booth.

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Amazing tile work.

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Why even the powder room was charming.

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Wouldn’t you agree ladies?

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Oh and the snack we stopped for: Rita’s Italian Water Ice and Custard.

The devil himself in a cup.

May your day be covered in sprinkles,



Deanna said...

Summer Blessings to you!
Looks like you had a great time.
Much to see and enjoy.
It's early here in the morning and the food wrap would be my breakfast if i could lick the computer screen....gross i know, but when you're hungry you're hungry....grins
i had best go eat some real food.

good 2 see all the sights.
amazing structures.
really like the brick house with white shutters.
now that would be an awesome place to see in person,

Vel Criste said...

What a great trip Laura! Never been to this part of the country so I'm very happy to see it! Thanks for the tour and just like you, I'm a HUGE fan of vintage clothing - hence, I frequent modcloth a lot!

Karen Albert said...

Dear Laura, you have had the best times this summer with family. Do you know if Mill Crest Vintage has a website...

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DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

The second I saw the sign and the window of that vintage clothing store my mind screamed Fashionista!

I loved every image of your episode of Jersey Charm!


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

What a great trip! I love Lambertville and Rita's Water Ice Gelatos as well!

black sabeth said...

the best part for sure is the 1960's rack and then Rita's

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I'm from Philly and my husband is from "the shore" so we are really familiar with Lambertville and bucks county, Pa. We used to go there a lot before we had kids! I was always in heaven there. Miss it a ton, the midwest's just not the same, you know? Glad you got to enjoy one of my old haunts! Kathleen

the cape on the corner said...

I may be a bit behind, but i'd think if you went to Lambertville, you started out in new hope/peddler's village area? did you go there this trip?

Liz Hockamier said...

What a great break from all the brown around here! :P


The Boston Lady said...

Laura, your pictures are so good! I'm going backwards and catching up on your trip. Looks wonderful! Ann

lynn cockrell said...

Your pictures are great, Laura. What a wonderful place this must have been to visit and it must have been exciting,trying to see everything and take pictures. The food and ices look so delicious, too. If I ever get up that way, I would love to stop there. Thanks for introducing me to Lambertville, NJ!