Not as bright or as big a city, but still fun!

IMG_3472Last Saturday my mother, mother-in-law and I went on a little jaunt to Des Moines, IA. The occasion was that I had found out about a tea room in New Virginia. And that is on the way to Des Moines, where there is chocolate and tea!

IMG_0397The tea room is Miss Spenser’s Special Teas. It is truly out in the middle of nowhere, about 2 hours from Kansas City and 45 minutes from Des Moines. It is a family run operation on a farm.

This particular tea was centered around Black Beauty (the book, not the tea).

This particular tea was centered around Black Beauty (the book, not the tea).

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Bright Lights, Big City The Finale

IMG_3370And into the final stretch. This may not have seemed like a 3 post-worthy series, but it really wore me out thinking about the trip. It seemed when we were there like we weren’t doing much. Looking back on the limited notes I took at the end of each day to remind myself of things, and then going through to put them into complete sentences with photos and links… it made me realize that we actually did do quite a bit.

IMG_3396On Sunday we headed out first thing to Central Park. Denzil wanted to see Belvedere Castle and there were several iconic things that I wanted to make sure to see.

IMG_3381We followed our taxi driver’s recommendation and started out at the 79th Street entrance on the west side of the park. There are large outcroppings of rock in this area, which was a surprise to me. I thought most of the park was lawn and trees with some water here and there.

Q02A0717We wandered around a bit and stumbled on the Shakespeare garden, which was neat. Wild and overgrown looking but still looking like it was planned.

Very lush in appearance.

Very lush in appearance.

Unfortunately, the sun was never quite right for us to get any good shots of Belvedere Castle, a miniature castle built in 1869 that is now used by the National Weather Service. There are tons of statues scattered throughout the park. The only one we went specifically to see was the Alice in Wonderland statue.

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Bright Lights, Big City Part II

IMG_3292So Friday in New York City was tea day. Okay, I lie. Every day after this was tea day, too. But mostly Friday.

IMG_3294The first stop of the day was Dylan’s Candy Bar. It was loud with hyped up kids and saturated with the smell of sugar. I can see where, especially for kids, it’s a super exciting place. It’s pretty much like Mr. Bulky used to be that we had around here. Bulk candies of all kinds, specialties, old candies, almost anything you could want.

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