Philly Day One

Our trip to Philadephia was really good despite my getting sick on Sunday, of all days, our anniversary.  We had left Atlanta on Thursday morning and stopped in Charlottesville, VA and met my mom, dad, cousin and her husband for dinner.  We had a great time and lots of laughs and then my cousin graciously let us stay with her for the night.  We had a nice low key evening which ended with she and I enjoying a nice glass of wine in front of the fireplace.  Doesn’t get any better than that.

This pile of rubble was our welcome to Philly!

Our room at the lovely Palomar

We got to Philly Friday afternoon and despite the confusion of where we were supposed to park to check in, etc. (there IS no where) we got checked in and settled in.  The hotel was wonderful.  Thanks to #2 we got a great rate at the Palomar because she works for Kimpton Hotels.  It was a very nice room and since we were “family” the front desk employee upgraded us since hubby is so tall.  Our room was on the 20th floor and we had a nice view of Philly.

View from our room

Same view after dark

The street from our room

We decided to walk around a bit and see if we could find any of the restaurants from Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  The front desk told us how to find Good Dog and it turned out it wasn’t too far from the hotel so we walked down there and had a nice dinner.

Front door of Good Dog

Inside of Good Dog - I guess this is the Dive part of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?


We got the beef empanadas and meat loaf, both of which were featured on Triple D.  The manager told us it had been crazy busy since it had aired.  He said he wished it had aired in early summer when they are usually slower instead of when they were already busy but they’d take what they could get.  I think hubby’s biggest beef was the fact that of course we couldn’t find sweet tea anywhere.  Well, we were not in the south anymore so….

We walked around a little bit after dinner to try and get our bearings so that we wouldn’t be so lost the next morning trying to find our way to the Convention Center.  The only complaint I really had about the hotel was that there was no coffee maker in the room.  I guess since it’s a “boutique hotel”?  They did have free coffee in the “living room” (lobby area) in the mornings but I definitely don’t want to have to put my face on before I get coffee so hubby was gracious enough to get up and walk a couple of blocks to Starbucks to get me coffee in the mornings.  He’s such a sweetie pie.  Guess that’s why I’ve kept him all these years.  I have no idea why he has put up with me!

I think this might have been city hall? It was a really cool looking building anyway.

I would like to know why there is a gigantic clothes pin in the middle of downtown Philly?

Street vendor that fascinated hubby

Inside the Convention Center

We walked down to the Convention Center which was a good brisk walk, emphasis on brisk since it was quite chilly.  At our lunch break we walked across the street from the convention center to this really neat little market area which to me was like a cross between a food court and a farmer’s market.  They had everything there.  We walked around until we finally found some southern cooking.  I don’t remember the name of the stall but they had greens and fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and mac n’ cheese and cornbread.  Yum Yum.

Reading Terminal Market where we are lunch

They even had a shoe shine stand so during the afternoon session hubby walked back over and got his shoes shined.  Made his day.  We walked back over after the convention because my mom loves jams and jellies and he wanted us to get her some good “home made” jam from the Lancaster PA Jams and Jellies stand.  It’s not open on Sunday’s since that stand is run by the Amish. 

The funny thing was that the first stand when you came in was an Amish Bakery and he had found out that they mark everything down to $2 at 4 pm.  We got back over there about 4:10, walked over and got the jam and walked back and the shelves were completely empty. Apparently all the locals know that they marked everything down at 4 and it sold out in no time flat so we didn’t get any Amish baked goods.  Oh well.  We got the jam and that was what was important.

Then we got to go meet Ron and we had a blast.  I am usually nervous when I meet someone for the first time but having read his blog for the last 8 or 9 months, I felt like I already knew him. I think we could have talked for hours and hours and hours more.  More later.


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16 Responses to Philly Day One

  1. jenny says:

    Loooks like you had a great time…I can’t live without sweet tea!! Sorry you got sick but glad you are feeling better. I was sick on our anniversary too….really the pitts!!We would love to see you guys so plan a trip to N.A. sometimes!!!!

  2. dwight says:

    Wow,what a great time we had! Philly is a lot of fun! Seeing your mom and daddy, Danny,Cheryl and Jess was a great start. Sitting down in Danny’s Man-cave and solving all the world/s problems was a blast! Loved the drive to Philly! The scenery was beautiful. New opon road and my beautiful wife at my side. Dwight

  3. Ron says:

    Okay, first of all I laughed so hard when I saw your first photo of Philly and the site of that pile of rubble….

    “This pile of rubble was our welcome to Philly!”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAA! Gee, I wonder if that’s any indication of this city – yup!


    Oh, how wonderful to see all these great photos of Philly! Yes, that’s City Hall and William Penn atop. And can you believe I have no idea WHY there’s a clothes pin sitting there?! I need to find that out.

    OMG, your room at the Palomar looked faaaabulous! In fact, up until the time you recently stayed there, I have never been inside the hotel. It was so beautiful!

    Don’t you just LOVE the Reading Terminal Market? It use to be an actual train station when I was a kid, until they converted it into a market place. The Amish food there is my favorite. It’s always fresh and yummy! And they’re such lovely people.

    “I am usually nervous when I meet someone for the first time but having read his blog for the last 8 or 9 months, I felt like I already knew him. I think we could have talked for hours and hours and hours more.”

    Meeting you was like meeting a good friend, who I’ve known FOREVER!

    Yeah, you’re right….we could have talked for hours and hours.

    Next time!

    Thanks for sharing your trip, dear friend.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    X to you and hubby!

    • pegbur7 says:

      See? I told you that rubble pile was HUGE! Seriously! What was that about?

      If you find out what the meaning of the clothes pin is, please let me know! And I WILL be back. Maybe sooner than you think!

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

  4. NikNik says:

    Looks like yall had a blast! Maybe the pin is a play on PENN?

    • NikNik says:

      Common items including soup cans, cardboard boxes, comic strips and newspapers were honored as worthy subjects by Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg who wanted to call attention to mundane objects in our everyday life that were “seen but not looked at”.

      As part of this group, Claes Oldenburg tried to stun viewers into a new visual awareness with unfamiliar versions of familiar objects. He never just presents his objects; he always reinterprets them.n Strongly influenced by the writings of Sigmund Freud, Oldenburg underwent an intense period of self-analysis which helped him to shape his approach to his art. In 1965 Oldenburg began a series of drawings of proposed “colossal monuments” for New York. Each drawing represented a common object recreated in an enormous size located in a public setting. Other monuments were designed for sites in London and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. He is best known for his large-scale sculptures which he focused on after 1976.

      His first permanent monument in America, “Clothespin”, made of Cor-ten and stainless steel, was installed in 1976 at Centre Square Plaza, 15th and Market Streets in Philadelphia. The structure is composed of two enormous shapes rising 45 feet tall which are held together by a tension spring. It has been suggested that the shape of the spring is a stylized “76”, but the structure of the clothespin obscures the “7” from view at any angle. Some also interpret the upright posture as an ironic mimic of the tower of City Hall which rises behind it, but any resemblance is superficial at best. Nevertheless, it is an imposing authoritative piece of public art designed to challenge the viewer by presenting a familiar object out of context, redesigned in an unexpected material and position. It is typical of Oldenburg in its union of fantasy and technology and its inventive form. By making the clothespin large when it should be small, a paradox is established which confuses our usual and expected associations. Oldenburg forces us, as viewers, to reassess our daily lives, gain insight into our values and to find humor all around us. His message is that art does not always have to deal with profound messages or expressions; sometimes it is just for fun.

  5. Jimmy says:

    Now I am wondering about the clothespin too, you sure took some great pictures and it appears you both had a blast.

    I suppose Ron is going to have to tell us about the clothes pin now 🙂

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