Lindt Chocolate Shop (Carlisle, PA)

Hello chocolate lovers. This week’s blog post is on Lindt chocolate. I recently stopped at the Lindt chocolate shop in Carlisle, PA. Everyone knows Lindt is known for its delicious Swiss chocolate & truffles. The Lindt store that I stopped at is located on 40 Logistics Drive Suite 100 Factory Outlet, Carlisle, PA. The atmosphere of the store is comfortable with the sweet aroma of delicious mouth watering chocolate. It is definitely worth the stop if you’re passing through Pennsylvania. The staff were very good, making sure to answer any questions you have. Customers also get a free chocolate to taste when they arrive.

They have a wide selection of chocolates, and when customers arrive, they have the option to pick from season special chocolates that may be left over from the recent holiday, or they can pick any of the chocolate truffles of their choice, to create 1 or 2 lbs. of chocolate. I chose to go with a half-pound. The flavors that I picked out of the big variety were Mint, Dark Chocolate, Blueberries and Cream, Fudge Swirl, Orange, Cappuccino, & Red Velvet. My favorites were Red Velvet, Orange, Mint, and the Dark Chocolate.

They’re open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday’s from 11 am to 5 pm. 

I would recommend visiting the Lindt chocolate store to anyone who’s looking for a great place to stop for chocolate in Carlisle, PA.  If you are interested in checking out the Lindt Chocolate store, click here: https://www.lindtusa.com

Fun fact: The Lindt chocolates for the USA are actually made at the Lindt factory in Stratham, New Hampshire, and is then shipped to the distribution centers in Carlisle, PA and Charlotte, NC.

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Remembering the Notre Dame (Paris, France)

It was absolutely devastating to hear that the famous Notre Dame cathedral is burning down. I went to visit the Notre Dame when I was in Paris last year in the Spring of 2018. It was one of my favorite attractions, definitely at the top of my list. As a remembrance of the Notre Dame Cathedral, I thought I would share some of the pictures I took while visiting. 

The grandness of the interior hall is absolutely beautiful.

Here are a few photos of the museum that is located within the cathedral. The loss of so much history is devastating.

Notre Dame has some of the most beautiful stain glass throughout the cathedral. Hopefully some of it will survive the devastating fire. 

The relics and tombs that line the sides and back of the cathedral were important artifacts of history.

Unfortunately, the front facade is all that may be left intact.

Our prayers are with all of those affected by this devastating fire in Paris. We are thankful that there were not any causalities that are known at this point in time.

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If interested in reading more about my Paris experience, click here: https://sundownpointe.com/2018/08/29/top-six-to-do-in-paris/

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Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (Sudbury, MA)

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Recently, I visited Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. It started out as a two bedroom home in the year of 1707. Then, in the year of 1716, it was named Howe’s Tavern. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would frequent the tavern, and wrote his famous poems about the tavern including The Tales of the Wayside Inn. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is the oldest operating inn in the United States, and is located on72 Wayside Inn Rd in Sudbury, MA. It’s also a famous historic landmark in Massachusetts. A history fact that we’re all familiar with is the ride of Paul Revere. Paul Revere rode all the way to Lexington, MA before being captured by a British on his way to Concord, MA. In fact, he stopped by the Tavern at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn on his way to Lexington, MA. In 1923, Henry Ford purchased Longfellow’s Wayside Inn property along with 3000 acres and added three other famous attractions to the property, which include The Grist Mill, The Martha-Mary Chapel, and The Redstone Schoolhouse. The Inn is a living museum with rooms preserved with period furniture and living history actors that are happy to share historical stories with the patrons. The dining restaurant serves tasty food and tavern provides appetizers and a full bar.

First, the grist mill was built in 1929, and operates using a water wheel to turn the mill used to produce corn meal and flour. All of the products produced from the grist mill are used in Longfellow’s Wayside Inn’s food or sold in the gift shop. Visitors who also visit the grist mill, will find the beautiful waterfall as a great place to have a picnic and take pictures when visiting Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.

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Next, the Martha-Mary Chapel was built in 1940 by Henry Ford as he was developing the property. He named the chapel after his mother-in-law, Martha, and his mother, Mary. This chapel has been recognized along with the inn as a historic landmark in Sudbury, MA. It has also become a very popular destination for weddings. If you’re in the area, you will hear many great stories about Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and the Martha-Mary Chapel.

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Finally, The Redstone Schoolhouse is a one room schoolhouse that taught grades one through four, and was built in the late 1700’s on Redstone Hill in Sterling, MA. Henry Ford purchased the school because it wasn’t being utilized and moved it onto the property near the Martha-Mary Chapel in Sudbury, MA at the Wayside in 1927. A fun fact about the Redstone Schoolhouse is that the nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb was based on a true event at the schoolhouse and was written by Mary’s classmate. The schoolhouse is open mid-May through mid-October, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 5pm. The school has been restored to a one room classroom, and is a great place to stop for a little history lesson of Mary Had a Little Lamb. The onsite historian was happy to share stories of the times about what went on throughout the school day years ago. It is a great place to take the kids for a live history lesson.

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Finally, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is a great place to go if you want to learn some history about Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, The Grist Mill, The Martha-Mary Chapel, and The Redstone Schoolhouse. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area of Sudbury, MA. If you are interested in checking out Longfellow’s Wayside Inn online, click here: http://www.wayside.org

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

 

Niall Horan: Flicker World Tour (Hartford, Connecticut)

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What an amazing week I’ve had! On Friday September 14, I had the chance to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity, which was meeting Niall Horan! I can’t really describe the feeling, but all I can say is that it was amazing. Niall was so sweet and welcoming, and having the chance to meet him after waiting so long was truly memorizing. Absolutely a day I’ll remember. His setlist has changed a little since I last saw him earlier this spring in Dublin, Ireland. His setlist now consists of songs such as, On the Loose, The Tide, This Town, Paper Houses, You and Me, Dancing in the Dark, Seeing Blind, Flicker, Fools Gold, Too Much To Ask, So Long, Life In The Fast Lane, Since We’re Alone, Fire Away, Finally Free, On My Own, Drag Me Down, Slow Hands, and Mirrors. Even though I loved all of the songs he performed, my favorites included, Flicker, So Long, Finally Free, Slow Hands, and especially Seeing Blind.

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One of the things I really enjoyed before he started singing Flicker, is he asked everyone to put their phones away. Flicker means so much to him as an artist, and he wanted everyone to not only enjoy the song, but also enjoy being serenaded. Yes, I did shed a few tears during the song, but how can you not? Flicker touched me in so many ways that I truly can’t describe. The live version is very different because it brings out so many emotions. In my opinion, I feel that the song means so much more to me, when I hear it live because your right their being serenaded.

During his performance, he had Maren Morris come on stage to perform the song Seeing Blind with him. Both Niall and Maren did a wonderful job performing the song. Definitely my favorite duet. I really loved how Maren’s voice complemented Niall’s voice. Towards the end of the show, Niall gave us a wonderful surprise by singing his newest released song Finally Free from the animated movie Smallfoot which comes out in theatres on September 28. For anyone who’s interested in checking out the remaining tour dates for Niall’s Flicker World Tour, click here: http://www.niallhoran.com/live/

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Maren Morris (Hartford, Connecticut)

Maren Morris is an American country singer who has won multiple awards, including a Grammy. She has also toured around the UK, Ireland, and the US for her sold-out Hero tour in 2017. This past week, I went to see Maren open for Niall Horan at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT. I was truly amazed by her performance. She sang songs off her Hero album which included Just Another Thing, Rich, I Could Use A Love Song, How It’s Done, Second Wind, Once, 80’s Mercedes, My Church, and her latest single The Middle. Even though I loved every song she performed during the forty minutes she was on stage, my top favorites included, Rich, I Could Use A Love Song, 80’s Mercedes, My Church, and The Middle. She did a fantastic job opening for Niall. Definitely, my favorite opening that Niall has had on his tour. Maren is a very talented artist with an angelic voice. She really puts herself out there for the audience to feel her passion and emotions with a lot of energy and excitement when performing. During her performance, two of the songs she got emotional was during My Church, and The Middle. My Church was the first song to be released from her album Hero. It was also the song that she won her Grammy, and it started her career. It has continued to do well on the music charts. Finally, The Middle, which is a song she released earlier this year, has managed to reach number one on the music charts. What a tune!!!! It has more of a pop sound, whereas her songs off her Hero album have more of a country sound. I look forward to seeing her again soon! If any of you are interested in checking out her remaining tour dates with Mr. Niall Horan, click here: https://www.marenmorris.com/tour/. I also recommend checking out some of her music videos .

© 2018 Sundown Pointe 

 

Red Sox Game (Fenway Park, Boston, MA)⚾️

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This past week, I went to see the Red Sox vs Astros game at Fenway Park. Fenway Park is a famous baseball park located on 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA. My family has always been big Red Sox fans that goes back four generations. To be able to go to Fenway to watch the Red Sox play for the first time was amazing. It’s an event I’m glad I got to experience, and would be an event I’d experience again if I had the chance. The Red Sox were in the lead until the 4 inning, when the Astros tied the game 5-5. They remained tied until the bottom of the 9th, when the Red Sox scored a home run for the win! The crowd was very passionate about their teams, and would cheer loudly everytime their team scored.

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My favorite part about the game was the Fenway franks. These are the best hot dogs ever! Normally, with hot dogs you buy from the store they taste better with ketchup, mustard and relish, but these Fenway franks didn’t need condiments at all. They were the most delicious hot dogs I’ve tried. I definitely recommend a Fenway Frank the next time you visit Fenway park for a game. Of course, ballgames are great family events to take the kids. They can also be very romantic. During the game, we witnessed two marriage proposals that made the event even more exciting. You never know what is going to happen at a ball game! I have also included the link for Fenway Park, if you are interested. 

https://www.mlb.com/redsox/ballpark

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Top six to do in Paris🇫🇷

  1. Eiffel Tower/ Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel
  2. Seine River dinner cruise on La Marina
  3. Roué de Paris (Ferris Wheel)
  4. Notre-Dame de Paris
  5. La Cuisine cooking class
  6. The Louvre

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Bonjour everyone, and welcome to Paris! The city of Paris also known as the city of love, is filled with so much excitement, and plenty of attractions to see. Some of the attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, Roué de Paris, and the Louvre. While visiting Paris for the first time this past spring, I instantly fell in love with the city and the food. Even though pastries are big over in France, my favorite was the escargot. I know escargot sounds crazy, but these were in a basil pesto sauce which made them taste unbelievable! Definitely worth trying when visiting Paris.

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My first favorite attraction in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the busiest landmarks in Paris.

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On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower is the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. This restaurant has wide open windows allowing customers to view the beautiful city from up above. The food that was served was very delicious. My favorites included the seared prawns for the appetizer, roasted chorizo stuffed chicken supreme for the main course, and the profiterole with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce for dessert. I highly recommend trying this restaurant if you’re looking for a special night with your loved one, or you just want to experience something new. Unfortunately, when I booked my reservation on their website, it said the restaurant was on the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it was actually mid-way on the second floor.

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After dinner was finished, it was nice to take a ride up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and be able to watch the sunset and see the whole city lit up. The view was breathtaking! Then, to make it even better, they lit up the Eiffel Tower every hour. This really made my stay in Paris so much more memorable.

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Secondly, a gourmet dinner cruise on the La Marina cruise ship down the Seine River through Paris Cityvision is a perfect way to view the city at night. During the cruise, customers enjoy a gourmet meal with a bottle of wine. The seating is set up for each party to enjoy their own individual table with a view through the large windows that continue through the ceiling. After being seated at our table, we were offered a glass of champagne and given a brochure with the map of our journey with all the highlights along the way. The three course meal offered a sampling of four appetizers and desserts with a choice of four entree options that included chicken, beef, fish, and vegetarian. The food was very delicious. My favorite included the thick steak with green pepper, potato rosette, and seasonal vegetables.

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Roué de Paris is a giant Ferris wheel in Paris that allows tourists to view the city of Paris from a new height. When viewers reach the top, they will be able to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. One of my favorite ways to view a city is by Ferris wheel, if the city has one. Riding the Ferris wheel definitely gives viewers a different perspective on the city. It allows you to truly take in the gorgeous city and the famous landmarks. As a person who loves to travel, I feel it makes you appreciate where you are and what amazing things the city has to offer.

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Notre-Dame de Paris is a famous cathedral in Paris. You will also recognize the cathedral in the animated Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. When we arrived in the cathedral, there was a choir rehearsal in progress. The acoustics in the church were unbelievable. It sounded absolutely beautiful. The intricate stained glass and woodwork as well as the history of the cathedral made the visit worthwhile. There were many tombs and statues around the outer perimeter of the cathedral that documents the history. It was definitely well worth the visit.

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Since France is known for their pastries, I decided to take a pastry cooking class at La Cuisine Paris. There are a variety of different pastries that can be made, but in this class we were taught how to make a Mille Feuille. A Mille Feuille is a Napoleon French pastry that can have either a vanilla or custard filling. It was the most delicious French pastry I’ve tried. You can eat them for breakfast, snack, and dessert. For anyone who visits Paris, I highly recommend taking a French cooking class at La Cuisine Paris, and trying all the French pastries you can.

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Finally, the Louvre is the largest art museum in the world. It is also the busiest museum you’ll find. As you walk through the museum, you’ll find a variety of famous paintings and statues throughout the grand halls of the Louvre. In fact, the painting of the Mona Lisa was quite a sight. The room was so crowded that we couldn’t even get close to see the detail. This photo is with a zoom lens on my smartphone as I was holding the phone above everyone’s head. The museum has an abundance of history and art that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. However, this isn’t a museum that takes 2 hours to discover. It’s a museum that will take you a full day to go through. Beware of the massive crowds and try to find a time that is not so busy.

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I have truly enjoyed my time in Paris visiting all of the exciting places, and experiencing new things. Paris has truly been a dream come true! I definitely look forward to many more travel adventures in the future!!

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