Greetings from Philadelphia



Hello from the city of brotherly love! I always love going to a city for the first time and trying to get a feel for it. Philly has some wonderful architecture, in business, public and residential buildings. We stopped briefly at the art museum last night after dinner and saw the "Rocky" steps, but we'll actually go in on Friday. Had dinner at a cool place called Monk's and I tried a local ale. A little more hops than I would usually go for, but good (dinner was chicken apple sausage... yummmmm).

Today we went to the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians and saw their weird and wonderful collection of medical models and specimens. After that we had lunch at the market in the old Reading train station and then went to the Academy of Natural Sciences (where the picture at the top comes from). Small, but a nice dinosaur collection.

I also discovered why when they show the people suffering in the heat in the northeast on the news or Weather Channel, they always show people sticking their feet in the fountains. The reason - it feels darn good. Did it twice today and both times it really helps soothe my sore and hot feet.

Off to NYC for the next few days...

Update: Had Tony Luke's for dinner... Philly cheese steaks in Philly! I think I'm going to explode...

Comments

Anonymous said…
Lara,

While in NYC, if you haven't already, you should try getting out to the Cloisters Museum, which houses an excellent Medieval collection in a beautiful setting (one of the closest things to Europe in the area)! Also, just across the GW Bridge is Tarrytown, with homes of Washington Irving and the Rockefellers, as well as other "American Castles." You will also find the quaint little town of Sleepy Hollow, where Mr. Crane met his unfortunate fate. :-)

Here is a link to the Cloisters:
http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/department.asp?dep=7

- Linda
Lara said…
Yep, The Cloisters are on the plan. We're not actually going to do it while we're staying here, but when we go to Maine from Philly, we have to pass right by them, so we're going to stop then. I'm looking forward to it!