This past weekend (and today) was a four day weekend for me. I took the opportunity to do some stuff with a friend. We left early Friday morning and headed to Philadelphia. We started the day with a 9:30 entry to BodyWorlds exhibit at the Franklin Institute.
We had originally planned to go a bit later in the day, but all entry times from 10:00-12:30 (and maybe later, didn't check) were already sold out. There was a pretty good crowd there at 9:30 but it was obvious it was setup to allow for really big lines. The exhibit was very impressive and would most likely gross lots of people out. The basic idea is to use real human bodies to display various body parts and explain body functions. Bodies are stripped and broken down into core parts to better illustrate particular portions. Due to the combination of the crowds and shear size of the exhibit it took us just about 3 hours to get through it. After that we got some lunch at the museum. Once we got some food we went around and saw the rest of the Franklin Institute. We stayed at the museum until a little after 4 PM.
We went and checked in at the hotel once we left the museum. We walked to dinner later that night at Jack's Firehouse. It is across the street from another landmark we talked about going to which is Eastern State Penitentiary. It was a really nice restaurant and good food. After dinner we walked over to Capo Giro to have some gelato. It was also very good and a nice transition from dinner.
On Saturday morning we got up and wanted to go a place called Blue and Green for some highly recommend pancakes. We walked there only to find out it no longer exists and has been replaced by an Asian Bistro. We then headed back to hotel and found another place on the way back that I can't remember the name of. It was pretty good, but not what was on the plan.
After breakfast we checked out of the Hotel about 11 AM. We then started toward home. On the way home we stopped at Longwood Gardens. We got there about 12:30. Longwood is a 1050 acre reserve that has an incredible array of plants and flowers. The place is so massive we just barely saw it all before closing at 6 PM. We did stop to eat for a bit as well. After Longwood we headed the rest of the way home. We got some Chipotle for dinner.
It was a really good couple of days. Even if it was a whole mess of walking, should have had a pedometer to see how far it was. I highly recommend both places we went too. Oh and who went with me will be elaborated on at a later date.