The day after the wedding I woke to beautiful weather and to my even more beautiful husband. You know how you go to sleep thinking about something and wake up forgetting what it was? And then suddenly it hits you and you remember? That is exactly what happened that first morning as we slowly stirred from a restful sleep. As I became aware of our surroundings, the memories of our wedding the day before came rushing in.
Unfortunately, we did not have a lot of time to sit and reflect on those memories as we had a train to catch. My thoughtful husband (who had planned the entire honeymoon with the help of a travel agent) had scheduled our departure for noon. That gave us just enough time to throw our stuff together, get ready and catch a cab to Union Station. Our first stop on the itinerary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Now before we go any further, I feel the need give you a visual picture (since I didn’t think to take an actual picture) of our traveling necessities. Given the fact that we would be gone for 16 days and that we would be needing formal attire (and that I wanted a different, um “outfit” for every night we were gone) we had a lot of stuff to pack. Which means we had a lot of luggage. Two huge suitcases to be exact. Each. So there we were, at the train station, trying to weave our way through tourists while lugging four rolling suitcases. Not to mention my computer bag, purse, and camera bag. Yep, not the smartest idea we’ve had, but hey – it was our honeymoon and we were determined to do it right! Even if it did give us carpal tunnel.
So, where was I? Oh yes, waiting for the train. It came on time, we boarded (after managing to stow our luggage out of the way) and settled in for the two-hour ride. A short time later we arrived in Philadelphia. What a great city! And a very cool train station, I might add.
So cool that they offered a storage service that enabled us to leave our luggage for a few hours. (This picture is of the Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial.) With our luggage taken care of, we were free to go to the King Tut exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum.
The exhibit was pretty good. I was disappointed that we couldn’t take pictures, but I understand of course. I was slightly bothered by the fact that King Tut was not actually part of the exhibit. You’d think for $40.00 a ticket, you would be seeing his sarchophagus, but instead, we saw a hollogram of the sarchophagus. It was a bit of a let down at the end of the tour. (We later learned that his body is kept in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.)
After leaving the museum, we had a few hours before catching our next train, but it was not enough time to really go do anything so we ended up walking around the city.
Philadelphia has some beautiful buildings and a magnificent downtown.
Lunch was also in order so we parked ourselves at a local Applebee’s (not very creative, I know, but we were still kind-of out-of-it from the day before).
As you can see, the wearing of the rings was still pretty new to me.
We took in a few more sites around the city after lunch such as this cool mural painted on the side of a building.
Even though we’re city-dwellers, this skyscraper was a foreign site to us (as DC doesn’t have any buildings over 10 stories tall).
This store front caught my eye – I was tempted to buy me a little “bling” but decided to save my money. (I hope you realize I’m kidding here. This is not exactly my style.)
Before we knew it, we were back at the train station collecting our bags. We made it just in time to board the train for our next destination.
New York City – here we come!