Monday, November 18, 2019

September 2019 Trip to Philadelphia: Day 1

I took a trip to one of my favorite cities, Philadelphia, and spent 24 hours there from Sunday, September 29, 2019 to Monday, September 30, 2019. This was my fourth trip there this calendar year and I am so grateful. I plan to share my latest getaway with you over two blog posts.

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 BellevueThis is one of their crystal chandeliers. I was always looking up whenever I walked by!

This is the view looking out of the door of my room.

An upgrade for me, I selected a room with a city view. 

You can see one of the city's many murals.

I checked into my lovely room and unpacked a little. 

There was a mini fridge in the space in between the two windows..

I do not watch TV at home, but it nice to catch a bit of the Today show in the morning while away.

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.

I stood on the median of Broad Street and snapped these photos of City Hall and the Avenue of the Arts.

Back in the room, I took pictures of my view at night.

I also savored my chocolate chip cookie and it was delicious.

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!