On Thursday Wayne and I took a drive to Pennsylvania. We stopped in New Hope for lunch at the Triumph Brewery.

The beer was good and cold and the food was good and hot.

I had spring rolls with Philly cheese steak filling and Buffalo chicken filling. I liked the Philly cheese steak one the best but both were enhanced by the really good avocado crema.

Wayne had a Triumph burger with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. It was delicious (I had a bite) and came with tasty french fries.

After lunch we headed to Doylestown for a tour of the Mercer Museum and the cement castle Fonthill. The Mercer Museum contains archaeology finds from Henry Mercer’s time as an a archaeologist along with traveling exhibits and some of Mercer’s tile work.

The museum is 5 stories high with exhibits in cases around the perimeter of the building and the larger things hanging from the railings and ceiling in the middle.

The traveling exhibit when we were there were quilts.

This is one example of Mercer’s tile work:

The next stop was the incredible castle made from concrete. Mercer had visited Europe when he was young and fell in love with the castles there. When he inherited money from his aunt he decided to build his own in Pennsylvania. He filled it with the gorgeous tiles he made. Tile is everywhere: embedded in the concrete ceilings, the concrete walls, the concrete floors, even the concrete encased dressers. You can’t take pictures inside but I was able to take one picture of the tile when I was in the waiting room.


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