Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Christmas Eve 2019
Just back this morning from a fabulous week in Philadelphia! At work (hotel) now. I am exhausted.
What a wonderful week we had in Philadelphia. Although it was colder than I had expected (I was warned), we still managed to traipse those historic Philadelphia streets to explore some new venues (which I will write about later in more detail).
For this year's winter holiday in Philadelphia Pat rented a car for our day trip to Hershey, PA. Yep, we went to Chocolate Street.
Pat wanted to visit the antique car museum. On the way from Philly to Hershey I made two pit stops. The first at the Brickside Grill in Eagleview, PA, nearby where I used to work at the Hampton Inn hotel. I love that restaurant. We weren't disappointed.
I had hoped to meet my former boss and executor of estate but my notice was too short. I'll try to give him more notice my next trip. I also stopped at my brother's home for a short visit and to give him his old high school photos which got swept up in my taking of all of my Mother's old photos when we moved her to my other brother's home in South Carolina.
By the time we got to Hershey (4 PM) we only had an hour to visit the museum. But that was enough time before it closed at 5 PM. No crowds.
It was too late to return to Philadelphia, neither one of us likes to drive in the dark, so we checked into a nearby Hampton Inn. A very nice place to relax. We decided to drive into downtown Hershey to get something to eat. We drove by the famed Hershey Park, sparkling with multi-colored Christmas lights. Very inviting. But way too cold to imbibe.
After a relaxing night at our sumptuous and very comfortable room at the Hampton Inn, we departed early to get Pat's rental car back by 11:26 AM, lest he be charged an extra day's rental. Wouldn't you know it, just when you're in a hurry our GPS took us the wrong way back. We were stuck on a country road in farm country behind TWO liquid fertilizer trucks. Can you believe it? We couldn't either. After many miles Pat was finally able to pass one truck, then another. Looking in our rearview morrow we saw at least thirty cars behind us, stuck in the Cow Poop Caravan.
We got back in time to avoid an extra day's charge on the car.
The rest of our stay in Philly was me helping my friend Don buy his new iPhone X Pro. I also spent time helping him with his iMac questions.
This trip in Philly I wanted to try some new restaurants. We really hit the ball out of the park by going to Ralph's Italian Restaurant in South Philly. All the years I lived in Philly, I've never been to an authentic South Philly Italian restaurant. Well, I choose the best this time. Ralph's is the oldest Italian restaurant IN THE COUNTRY. And the food and service is great!
Frank Sinatra and many others have frequented this restaurant over the years. Tony Bennett too!
All too soon our six day stay in Philly was over and I had to return to my hotel job her in Lewes, DE. I am at the hotel now, typing this blog.
Sorry I didn't have a chance to write during my stay in Philly, just didn't have the time. Too many things going on. Restaurants, open houses (condos), visiting friends, computer instructions for Don, and just walking around downtown Philly. Both Pat and I LOVE Philly. Too expensive for me to live there just like it's too expensive to live in Palm Springs but at least I can go back for visits twice a year which isn't bad.
Next up Palm Springs in February 2020!
Merry Christmas everyone on this Christmas Eve!