Hey folks, I'm back! After spending a rain soaked week in Philadelphia, PA, I'm back home here in southern Delaware and it is STILL raining. OMG! We've had enough rain already!
The banner photo at the top of this blog is of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I took it this past Sunday, Mother's Day, one of the rare days that we had a splash of sunshine during our weeklong stay in Philly. The short video at the beginning of this post was taken about a half an hour ago from our garage door. Yep, it's still raining. Nice to take a nap but come on folks, we do need a little shine just like we need a little Christmas.
|Pat and his mixed berry smoothie at The Marathon Grill at 19th and Spruce Streets|
So how was our (me and Pat) stay in Philly? Fabulous or as Donald Trump (he of the limited vocabulary) says: "Fantastic!" Yes folks, in spite of the rain, walking down narrow rain soaked streets catching our umbrellas on low hanging branches and trying to avoid getting major splashes from passing center city vehicles, Pat and I had an AMAZING time.
|Me and my gigantic veggie quiche and salad at the Marathon Grill on 19th and Spruce Streets, Center City Philly - I had this meal three maybe four time while I was in Philly - FANTASTIC! We ate well folks during out week in Philly|
Pat took the bus down from Toronto to Philly last week then rented a car to drive to Casa Tipton-Kelly for a three day stay. During our stay we had our annual Old Time Photo taken with my friend Lar.
Go "straight then make a left"? Are you kidding me?
Then last Monday we drove to Philly for a five day stay at my friend Don McK.'s co-operative, which has a guest suite. We've been at this guest suite before and it is very conducive and CHEAP for a center city stay in Philly.
|Pat napping in our suite during one of those rainy days in Philly during our stay - rain is good for napping|
I love Philly as does Pat. We didn't have anything special planned for our stay, just to enjoy the vibrancy of center city Philadelphia.
|Pat soaking up the modern furniture decor at Libery Place while I checked out a condo for sale (which I would have purchased on the spot if I had $734,000 - fantastic views of the city!)|
Pat likes to visit Old City and the modern furniture stores, which we did. We also like to visit some of our favorite restaurants like Hip City Veg, Mama's Veg and try out new restaurants, which we did and I will write about later.
|Pat getting ready to enjoy a sumptuous vegan repast at Mama's Veg in center city Philly last week - those brown "things" are falafels - yes, Philly has falafels!|
Pat also likes to check out the center city housing situation which, you guess it, we did. We went deep into formerly No Man's Land, which was the boundary past South Street. Folks, that area, which was Danger Territory when Bill and I lived in Philly (we lived at 24th and Naudain St, one block away from South Street) is now very expensive Millennial Heaven. I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around taking a stroll down Fitzwater Street without the fear of being mugged and never seen again except on a morgue slab. Yes folks, it was THAT BAD when I lived in Center City Philly (the 70's). One just DID NOT GO past South Street if one valued one's life. Forget about the police protecting you, they were too busy harassing gays cir circling the Merry-Go-Round at Delancey and Spruce. My apologies to my blog readers who don't recognized there references but my Philly readers sure do, don't you?
|Pat checking out a now expensive ($400,000 plus) gentrified house in the formerly low income section (i.e. "black") section of Philly|
So anyway, I'm back folks and in fine fettle. Next trip up is to another world renown city famous for it's vibrant downtown, Toronto, Canada; Pat's home town. I take the big bird up there at the end of August and return the day after Labor Day.
Yet more adventure folks!