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... folks by my post yesterday, sorry. We are still at Coralville Lake. Yesterday we went sight-seeing in all those places. Tomorrow we head for Portage, WI. It will be a longer day than we have driven the last couple of times, since it is a little over 200 miles from here. Hope everyone has a good day tomorrow (or today depending on when you read this). Probably will not blog tomorrow night, but Tuesday will be in ...
Day 53. Friday 17 July 2015
Now in Kalona which has many Amish and Mennonites and the others who are known as the 'English' to those folk.
It was a nice town and we walked around it. I met a lovely lady called Marlene who was minding the antique shop. Most of the items were on consignment for different people. There was some very nice things there but I spent most of my time talking to Marlene - one of those people that you have an instant rapport ...
... void of any decoration or religious symbols, not even a cross. The walls are white and the furnishings are wooden benches. They used to go to religious meetings 11 times a week, but now it has been cut down to 3 or 4. They made most of their own stuff and still today you can buy handmade furniture, copper and tin items and woolens. They used to make the woolen blankets for the military. It is an interesting place, but not quiet what I was expecting. It was very ...
... over to Amana Colonies and do some sightseeing.
There must be something about nighttime around here, it is now about 11:30 pm and it is raining again! Not a lot of wind, but then we are in kind of a valley. Hopefully it won't rain all night. The weather forecast was for a stray thunderstorm or two. Oh well, hope you all have a great day tomorrow (or today since that is when you will be reading this). Be safe in whatever you do.
... Next day, off to visit just 2 of the villages. These were Germans escaping
religious persecution. They came in 4 ships with more following in later
years. They called the non- Germans, the "English". We had lunch at a German restaurant - beautiful place and food. We visited the micro brewery, the weaving mill, beautiful furniture and a good museum. Too much to see and do again, so back we went to the nice RV park and did the washing.