Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Jazzy and I are in Philadelphia for our 19th annual "Father-Daughter Vacation." We had a wonderful day. Lunch in Bethlehem before heading down to Philadelphia. Then lots of talk and catching up, and lots of walking around. How could I have forgot what a terrific looking city this is. Narrow streets, zillions of little alleys and cul de sacs, vibrant blocks full of shops and people, an amazing architectural inventory, great old houses everywhere. We're staying in one on Pine and 18th. Dinner was crab cakes and fried oysters at the Sansom St. Oyster House, then a movie, "The Kids are All Right" with Annette Benning and Julianne Moore as lesbian mothers whose kids seek out their sperm donor father. Very funny, and very appropriate for a day on which a judge in California ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Rittenhouse Square used to be surrounded by houses like the first two photos above. It's mostly apartment buildings now. The park was full of people and kids and flowers and fountains and specimen trees. The blocks around it are full of appealing buildings, like this one on 18th and Spruce.