S: Philadelphia Vacation 2010
FC: Our Vacation
1: Many Statues of Philadelphia
2: Segwaying in Boston Marissa this year decided to go to Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia. At the end of the 6 weeks, we tacked on our vacation. Les, Brad, Tim and I flew out of Seattle but Les and Tim flew to Boston and Brad and I flew to Philadelphia to see Marissa. Les and Tim stayed with Jennifer, Kieron and Spencer. They only had one day in Boston and spent the day Segwaying around Boston and then went to Legal Seafoods for lunch and had Boston Cream Pie (Tim was in heaven). Then they went on a tour of Fenway Park and saw a game in the evening
4: Four Ball Fields | Safeco Field | Fenway Park
5: One Summer | Yankee Stadium | Citizens Bank Park
11: The day after we arrived, Brad and I went for breakfast at the Reading Terminal Market. Bradley got a pretzel wrapped sausage. We then rode the Philadelphia Phlash to the Zoo. It was quite hot so walking around was a bit hard. Luckily the zoo had a Lego event going on and Brad could collect cards and see lego animal displays
12: The next day Brad and I drove to New Jersey and went to the Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey. I think Brad liked it better because it was air conditioned although... | It did have a lot of cool things to do like touch a shark, touch a stingray.
13: Adventure Aquarium in New Jersey | The floor to ceiling viewing rooms were really cool as well as the divers in the pool were interactive with the kids outside. | Outside the Aquarium, Campbells has a ball field. The Campbells kids in a baseball uniform was too cute to resist
15: The last day of Marissa's summer intensive, after her performance, she took a boat cruise on the Delaware River. Les and the boys went to a Phillies game and I met the Caldwells and Gradys for dinner and saw fireworks at Penns Landing. We stayed in a boathouse on the Delaware river overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Bridge for a few days. It was hard to get our land legs after a few days on the boat. Every once in a while you feel rocking.
16: Rock West Girls | Chinese Take out | Ananda, Cassidy, Tori, India
17: Boat Cruise on the Delaware River | Working with Orlando at Rock School | Ananda, Cassidy, Tori, India
18: Avatar in the summer end performance | Rock School of Dance | Squishing 9 people into a midsize rented car | Boat Cruise that Rock School organized for dancers
19: We took a trip to Lancaster, PA to see the Amish. We ate at an Amish buffet. The food was amazing. All the produce is grown on their farms and all the baking is done by the women on the farms. We couldn't really take pictures of them our of respect for their culture but it was very different to see the different dress and the horse and buggy. They have signal lights run by battery
20: Phillies Game Citizens Bank Park The second game in series of 4 in the boy's Major League Tour. At Citizen's Bank Park, you are allowed to bring in food, so we stopped at Tony Luke's for a traditional cheesesteak. Apparently this is the place to go for fans of the Phillies. Apparently everyone love Bradley's hat including the Phanatic Boy does the Phillies know how to hype a game. I picked up the boys from the game and you could hear loud music from the street.
22: It's all about the food - Marissa and I took the rest of the family to Distrito. Les had the tequila sampler and was feeling no pain. He even told the waiter that he could get a job as the Old Spice guy in the commercials. The food is amazing in Philly - from Tony Lukes (philly cheesesteak), Continental Midtown (hanging chairs), Morning Glory (best breakfast), Jones (best mac and cheese) to Reading Terminal Market (gotta eat at the Dutch Eating Place)
23: Oh yeah and the history was amazing too - we saw Ben Franklin's grave, the Liberty Bell and the Constitution Centre
24: New York City in One Day | New York is only 1hr away by Amtrak so we decided to do it in one day. We went to Fig and Olive for restaurant week and then the boys went to a Yankees game while Jennifer, Marissa and I saw Billy Elliot
25: Coming home after a tiring day on Amtrak
27: Art in New York City After brunch, across the street was an art gallery with some amazing eclectic pieces. Right beside the art gallery was a restaurant that was serving brunch on a Sunday with a nightclub atmosphere. Love New York!
28: The worst thing to do when you attend a New York Yankees game is to wear Boston Red Sox gear especially when they are the opposing team. Luckily nothing happened to the kids and maybe because Bradley wore Yankee gear, they were okay but things get very heated when these two teams play
30: We had so much luggage - Bradley didn't have a seat in the rental car
31: Taking the Amtrak to Washington DC was the last train trip of this vacation. We traveled via Amtrak from Boston to Philadelphia to New York to Washington. We've travelled on planes, trains and automobiles | The one thing about taking the train is it gives you a chance to bond | Chillin' on the train | We had to hire a porter because of... all our luggage
33: We met Kieron's brother, Paul, Allison and Sabrina in Washington DC. This was a whirlwind tour. We went to several Smithsonian museums - The Museum of Natural History, Air and Space Museum and American Indian Museum and the Hirshhorn Gallery. We also visited the monument, toured the Capital, the Lincoln memorial, Newseum and the International Spy Museum. | Good thing we had good shoes - we did a lot of walking. All the museums were free except for the Newseum and the International Spy Museum.
34: The architecture is amazing. After we arrived at the house, we hopped on the subway and went right to the Air and Space Museum. The Subway was so convenient - we took it everywhere
35: The maps were pretty easy to figure out but the payment system was a bit tricky
36: It was hard to do the Air and Space Museum in one evening but it was very impressive. Seeing all the shuttles and different airplanes and history of aeronautics was a lot of information. Spencer and Tim went on a flight simulator. Les took Marissa on one too and you could hear the screaming from outside the simulator
37: Taking a break by the Wright Brothers
38: Ben's Chili Bowl | We had to try the famous Ben's Chili Bowl where Obama ate
39: Gotta try the Chili Cheese Fries. Both Les and Kieron had to get souvenir t-shirts from here
40: Marissa and Bradley did an interactive video newscast. They stood on a green screen and tried to read the teleprompter. Afterwards you could get the video
41: Newseum was my favorite place to visit. It was interactive and very informative. They had a piece of the Berlin Wall and a 911 exhibit from media perspective becausee the media played such a big part in 911. My favorite was the Pulitzer Prize Gallery. There was memorabilia from Elvis as well as the Front Page Gallery where they have the front page from every newspaper across the world
43: Part of 911 Antennae | Newseum's Pulitzer Prize gallery really touches a part of you and tell a story behind the photograph | Newseum's Front Page Gallery from all over the world | This riveting picture is about how a photographer cannot interfere and is helpless to watch. Within hours of this photo - the child died
44: After Newseum we walked to the American Indian Museum and ate at Mitsitam. The food was good but expensive. It was a much needed break from the heat, | I can't believe you are my sister
45: In the Hirshhorn Garden you can soak your feet in the fountains
46: Washington DC
48: Hirshhorn Museum
49: Museum of Natural History | Bradley as a Cro Magnon | Tim as a Cro Magnon
50: We were on our way to the Washington Monument and just outside of the subway station, the navy band was playing a concert. Unfortunately they were wrapping things up and we missed the concert but were in time to get some photo ops
51: We were lucky to make evening booking for the Washington Monument so we could see the lights over Washington.
52: Beautiful view but the pictures are blurry because you are taking it through so many layers of glass
53: Lincoln Memorial
54: It is a long walk from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. The Reflecting Pool is quite long and full of little bugs as you walk at dusk. Although the worst was coming home. We couldn't find a subway station anywhere and had to walk all the way back to the Monument to find one
56: United States Capital
57: When you walk through the halls, there are pictures of past presidents just having fun | The Capital Building is so big and the architecture covers every nook and cranny of this building that you could probably explore for days and only touch a small part of it. | Monkeying around in a sacred building
59: The Ceiling of the US Capital is amazing. It depicts the rising of George Washington to the heavens. It really needs to be seen to actually realize the beauty of it | The plaques indicate where the representative sat
61: We took the subway to Alexandria, VA. The town is so quaint and not very big. We ended up eating at 5 Guys burgers because we haven't seen one before. We also went to the Torpedo Factory which is now turned into an Art Centre. Outside the Art Centre was a very talented man playing glass cups | After the Capital Tour we walked to Eastern Market and had Crab Cake Sandwiches. They were expensive but very good. Other than that the market doesn't have very much
64: International Spy Museum Interactive Tour I booked the kids on an interactive tour around Washington DC where they had to pretend to be spies
65: After the International Spy Museum, everyone went to Georgetown for dinner at 1789. We took the bus to Georgetown and ate at Clydes. I had crabcakes again and there really is nothing like Maryland crabcakes..
66: Georgetown | The houses were beautiful in Georgetown. It is such a quaint little town. It is very trendy
67: I can't believe you are my sister | We were going to go to Georgetown Cupcake but the lineup was huge. Jennifer told me to go to Baked and Wired which the locals go to. Bradley and I tried to go there but they were closing up. I knocked on the door and begged them let me buy whatever they had. They let me only if I paid cash. Pictures tell a thousand words.
68: One of our nights we went to Chinatown for dinner to eat at Full Kee. We met a lawyer on the Subway that was giving us advice on the best Chinese restaurant to eat at. The nice thing about Washington DC is that they have "ambassadors" all over the city to help tourists
69: Marissa loved the signs that were in chinese too. Even our chinatown is not that ethnic that mainstream stores put their signs in chinese
70: We are leaving to take the Amtrak to Baltimore. The end of a vacation of a lifetime. We went from New York to Washington, DC
71: Happy Reunion with Tyke Tyke is so happy to see us. We really missed him. We are glad to be home | As usual we stay at our standby hotel - Springhill Suites in Seattle. This is the last leg before we go home