Yesterday, I boasted about the unbelievable sun and weather in Philly. Maybe I spoke a bit too soon. Day 2 was filled with clouds and rain drops, a lot of rain drops. That didn’t stop us from exploring the city. We were determined to see Rocky Balboa in all of its glory. We started off the day with breakfast at Sabrina’s Cafe, a strategically chosen spot based on its proximity to the Avenue of Arts and its Yelp rating. We weren’t disappointed. The breakfast was hearty, to say the least, and provided a nice respite from the rain. Michelle had Sabrina’s caramelized challah french toast and I had the blue cheese frittata with sautÃ©ed spinach, mushrooms and bacon. The frittata was so good that I’ll surely attempt to make my own version when I get back home.
As we left Sabrina’s and marched on toward the Art Museum, we made a quick pit stop at the Rodin Museum. Although it was closed, we snapped a few photos with the Thinker. No, no, not the real Thinker, but until we get to visit the MusÃ©e Rodin in Paris, this will have to do. With the Philly showers quickly dampening our clothes, we moved quickly as we began to see the very large Art Museum within our line of sight. It seems closer than it really was, but we finally made it to the famed steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and the ever popular Rocky Statue (as seen in the movie, Rocky). I grew up a big fan of Rocky and, in fact, I own every Rocky movie on DVD! Whenever there’s a Rocky marathon on TNT, I’m like a stone on my couch. I don’t move. Needless to say, I was excited to see “statue built by the citizens of Philadelphia to honor Rocky Balboa.” The 72 front steps that line the front of the Art Museum had me channelling the inner Rocky Balboa in me.
With the Philly skies becoming increasingly angry, we hopped on a taxi to the Mutter Museum on 22nd Street. The Mutter Museum is something that I’ve been looking forward to since a friend of mine told me about it. The Mutter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. Some might say that it’s a museum of medical freaks. I was so there. Some of the oddities featured included Chang and Eng, the world-famous Siamese twins; the skeleton of a 7-foot, 6-inch giant from Kentucky; a collection of Civil War photographs showing injury and recovery, the effects of diseases not yet conquered in the 19th century,and oodles of pathological anomalies.
Once we got the Mutter Museum out of our system, we decided to do a little shopping at Trader Joe’s as well as some of the shops that lined Walnut Street. And since our breakfast was a hearty one, we decided to skip on lunch. The lunch skipping led to a first, but I’ll get to that a little later.
Our night time plans included catching a 76ers game at the Wachovia Center. We jumped on the subway and got on the Broad Street Line to the Wachovia Center, the home of both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Flyers. The 76ers dominated for maybe a quarter and then the Magic took it from there, as expected. Dwight Howard had some nasty dunks, which was also expected. Still, it was a fun game and I got to see some big name players play, including Vince Carter, Elton Brand, and Andre Igoudala. The one thing that sucks about Hawaii is the lack of professional sport teams. I love watching sports live in the arena, with all of the noise, cheering and jeering.
Monday night was dollar hot dog night at the Sixers game. I had two and Michelle had one. The original plan was to head to Geno’s and Pat’s for some late night cheesesteaks after the game, but the weather sucked, so we decided against that.We thought that the hot dogs would hold us off till the next day. We were both wrong. Remember when I said that skipped lunch led to a first? Well, that first was having room service at 1 am in our hotel room. Room service was an experience., an expensive experience, but an experience no less – Quarter pound burgers with bacon and fries at 1 am delivered to our door. What could be better?
And finally, here’s a video of a few of the photos we took on Day 3.