Motownphillies

We arrived in Philly around 11, got settled in to the apartment we were staying at (across the street from the Rodin museum!) and headed to the historic district, arriving just in time to get absolutely drenched.  We went on our duck tour anyway (thank you, Groupon) and had a fabulous time.  Our guide was funny and informative, and by the time we were done, the storm had passed and we were able to walk around and enjoy the city on foot.  I even saw the restaurant where I was first introduced to sushi (during the Philadelphia NCECA).  Fond memories of that place…  We ended the day at the Reading Terminal Market where we got cheesesteaks from a place called Molly Malloy’s. THEY.WERE.MARVELOUS!  We had planned to do the Pat’s/Geno’s thing, but after the 4th local person we talked to told us not to, we decided to listen, and we’re SO glad we did!  Oh, also, did I mention that on the Duck Tour, we got “Wacky Quackers”?  We decided to use them to pay homage to the city:

Dave was so excited about the kids getting quackers…he came to regret that.  The next morning, we were fortunate enough to get a tour of The Clay Studio from my NCECA Board Buddy, Garth Johnson.  Then we headed back to the historic district and continued our walking tour of the city, and a final stop back at the Reading market for…guess what?  Yep, one last cheesesteak.  YUM.  Oh, did I mention my own personal morning adventure?  I went for a run.  I found Philly to be very runner-friendly, while not actually having friendly runners…..no one nodded, smiled or even made eye contact with me out of the jogging path.  BUT, the run did have the best ending ever…