Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Philadelphia II

The next morning we were rested and eager to start the day.

The Union League was filled with magnificent oil paintings and I loved this technique of floating them in unexpected spaces.

The first stop was breakfast.


After breakfast we took a litttle tour around the club.

On the agenda was a final visit to the The Barnes Foundation before the collection is moved to Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City, Philadelphia. The Barnes will close it's Merion galleries this weekend. It was very important to my mom that JCW saw the collection how it was intended to be viewed.


JCW had another item on his agenda and that was a trip to Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies. He had seen their cheese steak on the PBS documentary Sandwiches That You Will Like.

With the sandwich "experience" from the day before still fresh in our minds we decided to not lose faith in JCW quite yet. I am glad we gave him the benefit of the doubt because it was the best cheese steak I had ever eaten and I don't even really like cheese steaks...when in Rome!

On the way home we made a pit stop at Cracker Barrel.

I was dying to get a Peg Game ever since I beat JCW a few years back...he will never hear the end of it! What do you like to do in Philadelphia?

Special thanks to BLS for such a fun weekend....consider yourself warned that hanging with JCW will add inches to your waistline! xx 

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Emily said...

The Union League is so lovely, glad you had such a wonderful time there! Gooey Louie's makes an AMAZING cheesesteak as well - JCW should give it a try next time he's in Philadelphia!

The enchanted home said...

I love these posts!!!! You know I am obsessed with the Barnes foundation, what Philadelphia has done to that jewel of a museuem, its shameful and are so lucky to have gone! Did you see Art of the Steal? It is fabulous and if you haven't you will love it, I think I have seen it 5 or 6 times! Looks like a wonderful weekend trip.....thanks for sharing.

Jay said...

It is awesome to see you and JCW went to Dalessandro's! I used to live in Roxborough when I went to grad school at Villanova. I thought they had the best cheesesteak in the area. I ate there twice a week for a year. I gained a few pounds, but I was a happy man.

Portuguese Prepster said...

Looks like such a fun weekend! I love how you two always try new foods. I will try anything!

Prippy Handbook said...

My motherland! Philly is an amazing city filled with wonderful old haunts (like the Union League) and a very rich culture. Glad you guys enjoyed the trip!

I'm always happy to wonder around the city checking out local art and all of the creative small business that can be found on every block. Also, the restaurant scene there is amazing!

Raulston said...

E.A.S. Thank you for posting about this. I have been so utterly busy with my studies that I have been meaning to see the collection before it is moved. It is really more than disappointing it is an atrocity. Talk to Lawyer Liz about Will & Trust's and I am sure she can attest to the unjustifiable means of such a move. I frequent the Racquet Club & the Union League and I am glad you enjoyed them both. Congratulation to J.C.W. Next time you are in town let me know and I will give you both a grand tour of campus.

The City Boy said...

want to go to the Union League so bad! I love to eat at the Capitol Grille in center city :)

JMW said...

Never been to Philly - looks like you guys had a ball! Your breakfast looks wonderful and my hubby would be all over the sandwich. ;)

Main Line Sportsman said...

Dalessandro's is legendary....well done to JCW..they have an awesome cheesesteak!
Glad you hit the Barnes before it moves...although maybe it won't???
When you were at the League you were across the street from my old Jazz Club....I guess I missed your call...

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh, what fun!! I love Philly and it's been ages since I was there. One of these days I need to grab my boys and hop the train. Such history there!!!

Congrats to JCW on graduation!!!!
xoxo Elizabeth