Fun for All in Philly - Then On to DC

Trip Start Mar 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 30, 2013

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

We slept in pretty late.  Grandma and Kevin got up before Laura and me and they went to Target (next door) for some snacks.  We finally got moving about 10:00 am and after checking out, headed back into Philly for breakfast. First place we tried had a line out the door and a 45 minute wait.  Plan B.  Laura took us to the South Philly Tap Room.  Got there just at opening time...11:00 am.  

Great little place with some great food.  Breakfast or lunch.  Sandy and Laura shared the Blueberry Ricotta pancakes.  Wouldn't think that would work, but it did.  Kevin and I ordered the three-cheese grilled cheese which came with a cup of tomato soup.  I should say Laura had an ale and I had a Bloody Mary...both excellent.  They had a great selection of local beers, but I was in the mood for s Sunday morning Bloody Mary!  The grilled cheese came with a side...Kevin had the fries while I chose the mac and cheese.  Very light white cheese with onions.  Outstanding!  Great little restaurant/pub.  I'd go again.

Then we divided and tried to conquer Philly.  Laura and Kevin headed for the Franklin Institute.  Lots of interactive learning games.  He had a ball.  Sandy and I headed to the National Constitution Center.  At the restaurant I noticed they were offering free admission today, courtesy of Price-Waterhouse Coopers.  What a nice treat.  Remind me to send them a note when we get home.  They have exhibits on the US Constitution, of course.  Some are permanent, and some are transient.  All were excellent.  Well worth stopping by when you are in Philly.  They had one on the rise and fall of prohibition...I was interested not only because I drink, but I wrote quite a bit about our "noble experiment" back in college.  It's always fascinated me.  It covered alcohol all the way back to the first settlers, our founding fathers (many of whom brewed their own), Carrie Nation, the Volstead Act and all the way to the 21st amendment which rescinded prohibition.  Great exhibit.  Then we headed into a theater for a 360 degree theatrical production called "Freedom Rising" which covered the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution.  Made you feel proud to be an American.  They had some neat props in the museum as well from Sandra Day O'Connor's robe to a place where you can see yourself taking the Presidential Oath of Office.  Kids loved that.  But we saved the best for last.  They have a rather large room with life size bronze statues of all the signers of the US Constitution talking among themselves.  You could almost hear them making their points to one another.  Got my pic taken between George Washington and James Madison (the Father of the Constitution).  Then I noticed a sign on the way saying if you want to their website they had a real-time webcam where you could see yourself on camera...and you could send the site to your friends to look in as well....I didn't bore you by sending the website, but I found it very cool!!!

Sandy and I had a Diet Coke in the Visitors Center (where two old people could sit down for a while!)

We headed to pick up Laura and Kevin.  They had a blast at the Franklin Institute.  We drove the three short blocks to the Philadelphia Art Museum.  No, we didn't go in.  But you've seen the steps out front before...of course you have....Rocky ran those steps to get ready for Apollo Creed in the first Rocky movie.  They even had a bronze statue of Rocky at the bottom of the stairs.   Laura and Kevin ran them twice!  Great picture opportunity.  

Then we picked up Laura's car and headed to Washington DC.  Sandy and Laura in one car.  Kevin and me in another.  It worked well.  Kevin is good at helping navigate with my Garmin.  We stopped in Baltimore for dinner and gasoline.  Dinner was going to be a Mama's On The Half Shell.  Just picked it up off the net.  Sounded great...and probably would have been if not for the 40 minute wait.  Did get a kick out of the restaurant next was a Mexican restaurant called, (are you ready?  Wait for it...)  Nacho Mama's On The Half Shell!!!  Don't you just love it???

Anyway, we settled for Dockside with no wait.  We were not disappointed.  A dozen on the half shell, crabs, crab cakes and seafood Alfredo.  And to drink...the only thing to drink in Baltimore; a Natty Bo!  A beer call National Bohemian Beer, but locals just call it a Natty Bo.  The brewery was right across the street.  

After dinner it was on the road for the 45 minutes to our hotel in DC.  Holiday Inn - Capitol.  Checked in...gave us a suite.  Good, but Kevin and Laura will have to sleep on pull-out couch tonight.  After tomorrow, Laura will be back with us Thursday night.  

Tomorrow is a big day.  Our guided tour of Washington DC.  Looks like rain and snow, but we'll survive.  Looking forward to it.  It was a busy day, but a good one.  See you later my friends!               
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