- From USA series
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- Washington, DC. So many museums, so little time.
- The streets of Philadelphia
- New York for three days
- New York (Part 1)
Traveling is my passion and one of the things that makes me really happy. I love all about plans, expectations, and all the lessons during these steps. But sometimes I leave behind all the agendas, all the plans, and I go with the flow. And if I’m pleasantly surprised, then the stories are even more colorful.
Cape May, New Jersey
During our four months stay in the U.S., we had the opportunity to travel a lot. We were able to fill out our list of dream destinations. Today I want to tell you more about the colorful Cape May. I didn’t know where I was heading and didn’t have any particular feelings, which was so unusual for me. Dido wasn’t with me as he had to work that day and this allowed me to be a photographer for a day. Yep, all the pictures in this post were taken by me. Please, leave a comment if you like them. Believe me, it was really difficult to choose the right ones for this post because I have so many.
Early in the morning, our enthusiastic group caught the bus from Wildwood to Cape May. The distance is quite short and we arrived quickly. The day promised to be warm and sunny with no single cloud in the sky. At the end of the day, we were overheated and I dreamed only for a refreshing shower 🙂
Victorian houses in Cape May
When I arrived in Cape May, I was fascinated by this colorful town. If you already know Cap May, NJ you are a lucky person. For the first time in my life, I saw so many Victorian houses. The spirit of a bygone era was still lingering in the courtyards. Most of the houses in Cape May were built in the XIX century. One of my favorites is Eldridge Johnson House which was built in the 80s/90s of XIX c. It was then moved to its current location in 1970. The Pink House, as called by the locals, is a clothing boutique now.
The churches and the other landmarks
We took a walk to the central pedestrian street which had its own identity, style, and charisma. On the Washington Street Mall, the stores were like small museums and they can bring you several centuries back. In a good way, of course.
We also visited the St Mary’s Catholic Church with the inspiring name Our Lady Star of the Sea. The church is more than one century old and still impress with its incredible architecture.
Cape May Lighthouse
One of the historical and city sights of Cape May is the Lighthouse, which was built in the mid-XIX century and continues to operate until today. We walked on foot and that did help us to see the neighborhoods. Anyway, I don’t recommend you to walk for so long under the bright sun because you can have the same result with some transport and with no sunburn. But let’s see the houses…they’re like Garden of Eden, right? After so many years, I’m still overexcited when I look at the pictures of them.
The city has had a role during World War II. The military lookout tower is currently a museum and memorial. World War II is one of my favorite topics in history so when I saw the informational sign, I couldn’t hide my childlike enthusiasm.
When we finally reached the Lighthouse, we were very tired. The admission was only $8 and we saw the beautiful sea view from above. While we were taking a break at a nearby park, we obviously looked very bad. A nice local guy offered to drop us at the bus station and Thank God for that because we almost missed the last bus back to Wildwood.
Interesting facts about Cape May
- Cape May is a historic town with a wonderful Victorian style and architecture. San Francisco is the only place in the U.S. that can claim to have more Victorian buildings than the colorful Cape May. Yeah, absolutely true!
- Cape May has been a traditional American beach resort for more than two centuries. With its beaches and a numerous list of interesting sights, Cape May is still one of the most interesting Jersey Shore towns.
- If you are on the East coast in the U.S. and you want to see gorgeous sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May is your place.
- You can walk all over the town on foot.
- You can have the opportunity to sell some vegetables! Just like me 🙂
Have you ever been to Cape May? If yes, can you share your experience, please 🙂 If not, do you want to go and why?
Greetings from the swing,