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Der Ruhe Platz Means “The Rest Place”

Der Ruhe Blatz is noted on Trip Advisor as a fine place to rest. That’s a very good thing, because the words mean “The Rest Place.” Der Ruhe Blatz is located along SR 5, the main road into Shipshewana. This hotel is a budget motel, meaning a pool/spa area are not provided. However, the rooms …

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Amish Weddings

During the first part of June, I happened to be driving past an Amish home on a dirt county road, on my way to visit Mahlon, my Amish friend who sometimes contributes to our blogs. At this house, dozens of buggies were parked in a field, and in the distance near the home, a huge …

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Big House, Little Woods – Big on Amish Surroundings

Each time I visit a bed and breakfast, I declare that one my favorite. So far, I have six favorites. Each one is as unique as the owners who invite their guests into the homes. Welcome to Big House in the Little Woods Bed & Breakfast Today makes my seventh favorite as I visited Big House …

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Curious About the Amish Culture: What is Amish School Like?

A friend who recently visited wondered out loud, “I wonder what it would be like to go to an Amish school?” I thought her question was a great one, with now being the end of the school year and students graduating. And so, with pen in hand and “detective” hat on head, I set out …

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Curious About the Amish Culture

A blog reader recently posted the question, “Why do Amish women wear aprons?” I responded that I would post the answer when I found it. Since I didn’t grow up in an area surrounded by the Amish community, I often have to go to the sources themselves to find the answer. To find this answer, …

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