Monday, March 23, 2020

September 2019 Trip to Philadelphia: Day 2

Back in this blog post, I described the first day of my two-day trip to Philadelphia back at the end of September 2019. So, if you have not already, check it out. This post documents my second day, which was Monday, September 30, 2019.



Leaving my beautiful centrally-located hotel, The Bellevue, at 7:45 AM, I strolled to Di Bruno Bros. for a pain au chocolat and cappuccino breakfast. I decided to eat at a table outside, which was nice. I adore dining al fresco.



My coffee and croissant were delicious. My favorite kind of breakfast ahead of a day of sightseeing is a favorite ritual of mine while away, so I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Next, I went back inside Di Bruno Bros. and purchased Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma Classico


The shopping continued at the Reading Terminal Market. First, I bought the cranberry pistachio biscotti that I love from Termini Bros. I turned around and ordered dark chocolate vanilla buttercreams for my sister; milk and dark chocolate coconut clusters as well as milk chocolate cherry cordials for my parents; and dark chocolate champagne truffles for me to try at Mueller Chocolate Co. Then, I wandered around this amazing indoor market a bit, checking out so many of the stalls. On the other side, I purchased a small package of Milk Chocolate Raisins at Sweet As Fudge Candy Shoppe.

I walked a bit past my hotel to Shakespeare & Co. I wandered around this wonderful bookstore. At their cafe, I picked up a pain aux raisins, which I had a taste of on this trip, but saved for both breakfast and lunch the next day. This particular pasty reminds me of my travels in Italy and France.


I returned to my hotel room where I freshened up and packed. In my room, a little bit of the local morning news and the Today show kept me entertained. I don't watch TV and it is nice every once in awhile. At 10:15, I checked out of the hotel and had my bag stowed. I adore the crystal chandeliers of this ornate hotel.


Walking towards my next stop, the Rodin Museum, I came across a few pieces of sculpture as there is so much public art in Philadelphia. First was the LOVE sculpture. 


Also at LOVE Park, this sculpture was new and the letters were movable. The heart was covered by country flags.


As I was walking along the Parkway, I made sure that I stopped in front of the AMOR scultpure.


I had visited Philadelphia's Rodin Museum at least a couple times before, but have not been in awhile. It is a small art museum and sculpture garden full of the wonderful works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin.


This is one of Rodin's most famous sculptures, The Thinker.



This is the building behind that gate.


This is The Kiss.





I thought that I would share some bust portraits and other sculpture.













This is The Burghers of Calais...





These works of art are so expressive. I highly recommend visiting this amazing collection. Also, an intimate museum, you can do it in about an hour, which is nice since you can museum-hop in this Art Museum neighborhood!

Afterwards, I discovered a highly-rated sandwich place nearby, Christie's Deli, on Yelp. I ordered a grilled chicken club on white toast and grabbed a small bag of Ripples chips to go. I walked all the way back to Rittenhouse Square to picnic on a bench. On the way, I grabbed a row of mini soft pretzels. Rows of soft pretzels are a Philadelphia tradition. The bottle of water was complimentary in my hotel room.



My lunch was delicious. I only managed to eat one mini pretzel at that time though. And I will definitely order from that deli again.

Clothing shopping was next! At Talbots, I bought a couple pieces of clothing. I browsed both the Walnut and Chestnut locations of H&M. I also wandered around Ann Taylor. I picked up an item at Victoria's Secret. 

Over on Chestnut Street, I was quickly in and out of MAC for an eyeshadow refill. My winter scent candle, Hot Cocoa & Cream, was picked up at Bath & Body Works in The Shops at Liberty Place. Stuck in the suburbs without a car, it is easier to walk to retail stores in the city.

Then, my perfect dessert was a chocolate chunk cookie from Insomnia Cookies. It was still warm from the oven. Delicious.


After retrieving my heavy bulging bag at the hotel, I walked back beside City Hall, bought a subway ticket, and hopped on the subway a single stop to the west. I arrived at the train station early and posted about my trip on Instagram until my train was due to arrive. [Follow me @theitaliagal.] Organizing myself, the cards and gifts were stored in my tote handbag. 


On the train, I read a book and wrote out my sister's birthday card and my parents' thank you card.

My parents and the family dog, Minnie, picked me up at the local train station. My mom delighted in the "haystacks" and my dad appreciated the cherry cordials. I gave them my sister's card and chocolates since she is more likely to visit them than me.

At home, I definitely had a salad for dinner. Just a bit of balance. Then, some chocolate-covered raisins were enjoyed for dessert. In addition to gifts, I always bring home a few treats as souvenirs. 

It was such a fantastic trip... I hit so many of my favorite places and they bought me so much joy! I went on a day trip to Philadelphia in February, so please stay tuned for that blog post!