No Cheese Steaks.
The drive to Philadelphia isn't long at all - about as long as it takes for Chris and I to travel home to RI for the weekend. Unfortunately, Route 95 doesn't offer much more than the Bronx and NJ factories as the view. (Save for one quick spot where you can see the NYC skyline - the only pretty view.) But highways aren't known for showing the best that a state has to offer.
It's the places off the exit ramps that are the best.
Our weekend in Philly was very fun and we explored as much of the city as we could in our short jaunt down to Pennsylvania. We stayed at the Club Quarters hotel on Chestnut Street (nice hotel, very small rooms) and were walking distance from plenty of restaurants and holy crap a lot of shopping opportunities. We spent Saturday night at The Caribou Cafe, dining on French cuisine and listening to the live jazz band, then capped off the night with a few glasses of wine at Tria.
Sunday morning, we were up bright and early and headed out to see some decidedly geekier spots (Well hello to you, Liberty Bell!) before hitting the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Science Institute. The art museum gave us the opportunity to perfect our Rocky stances.
And the Franklin Science Institute had a giant heart display that you could walk through, exploring each section of the heart. As you walked from atria to ventricle, you could hear the heart pumping and the sound of blood whooshing by. Very cool.
There also happened to be a huge Star Wars exhibit. Not that I noticed. Or got all excited. Or grabbed a Storm Trooper for a Philly photo opportunity. Nooo, not me.
(I have a full photo set of our trip to Philadelphia on Flickr, if you want to take a peek.)
The trip was awesome and I've been wanting to visit Philadelphia since we moved out here. It's a city that's easy to feel comfortable in, which made it easier to explore. We're already planning a trip back in the next few months, and checking out a few of the other restaurants that were tempting us. :)
Oddly enough, we didn't have any cheese steaks.
But the one downside to this trip was that we were still on crazy timetables. Twenty-four hours isn't enough to really take in a city, no matter how hard you try. We're still craving some downtime for the two of us, so we're jaunting off again this weekend for a quiet getaway to completely disconnect from our stressful schedules. No phone, no internet, no "must be here at this time" schedule. Nothing but rest and relaxation.
Sounds good to me!