As always, I took Amtrak. The train arrived on time at both stations. Exiting 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, I hopped on the subway for one stop (from 30th Street to 15th Street).
A bit too early to check in to my hotel, I stopped into the nearby Sephora real quick. They were out of my signature NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita, but they had the blush, so I purchased that. I browsed the first floor of Nordstrom Rack, but didn't buy anything.
On this trip, I chose my favorite hotel, the beautiful Bellevue. This is one of their crystal chandeliers. I was always looking up whenever I walked by!
An upgrade for me, I selected a room with a city view.
You can see one of the city's many murals.
This is the view looking out of the door of my room.
I checked into my lovely room and unpacked a little.
There was a mini fridge in the space in between the two windows..
Next, I shopped at nearby L'Occitane. I purchased an almond shower oil refill and a new product, Shea Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil.
After that, two cards, a thank you one for my parents and a birthday card for my sister, were picked up at Paper Source.
I walked to Macy's and browsed the Anne Klein clothing. Then, I crossed Market Street and grabbed a chocolate chip cookie for $1 at Famous 4th Street Cookie Co. in the Reading Terminal Market. I crossed Market Street again and quickly browsed the home department of TJMaxx just before the store closed at 6.
I strolled over to the nearby Zavino, a wine bar and pizzeria that I have been to a couple of times before.
I sat at the bar and ordered a half glass of Sangiovese and the Diavolo pizza. Having loved their Margherita pizza once before, the Diavolo was delicious as well. I also ordered a half glass of Barbera Blend.
The large windows of the place were open and tables and chairs lined the sidewalk. Just like the other restaurants on two other street corners. Since I love the idea of dining alfresco, I adored this setup.
Then, I stopped at Gran Caffe L'Aquila and ordered a small fondente gelato. I strolled the streets towards my hotel, savoring the decadent dessert.
Back in the room, I took pictures of my view at night.
Stores close earlier on Sunday, so I did get back in early. The thing is that I truly do like staying overnight in order to start the next day early. Without a two-hour train ride first, I get to have breakfast at breakfast time in the city. That is so worth it.
Stay tuned for my Day 2!