Philly and Ralph’s

August 14, 2010 20:37 – 20:37

We’re at the Embassy Suites near the airport in the Philadelphia area. We came north to see the Late Renoir exhibit at PMA. We got a late start, and stopped for lunch at Chap’s Pit Beef in Baltimore. We were pleased to see that they’d added a generous outside eating area… and they now have rest rooms! The pit beef sandwiches were excellent, as usual.

Because of heavier-than-expected traffic, we arrived at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2:45—our tickets for the exhibit were for 2:30. Fortunately, our window of time was still open. The exhibit was crowded, but because of the ticketing system, it wasn’t unmanageable.

After art, we checked into the Embassy Suites. We’re using Hilton Honors points to get a free room. Unfortunately, though, the internets aren’t free. We’re springing for 2 x $10.95, since we’re both net junkies.

For dinner, we decided to try Ralph’s—the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in the U.S., so they say. We enjoyed half a liter of chianti, along with large entrees. Karen had the spaghetti with meat balls, and I had veal parmigiana. Both were good, although I found the sauce a little boring.

We’re undecided about church for tomorrow. None of the area services look very compelling. I guess we’ll see how awake we are tomorrow morning, since it would mean leaving the hotel a good deal earlier than we usually check out.

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