Monday, June 15, 2015

THE GEMS OF PHILADELPHIA

 
It was another glorious weekend here at the Casa du Borghese as witnessed above, and contrary to my Social Director, Anita Moorecock, was not passed out, on or under a chaise lounge!!! Yes, there was a wee touch of being hung, but I have also been busy getting steamer trunks ready for packing. Thank goodness Ming was here to entertain. In the meantime, two weeks ago while in Philly, I took a slew of pictures to share. Philly is a great walking city, with much to see and do along the way. Before you know it, your at your destination. But sometimes there is plenty too see and do un-planned. Here are some of my favorite mill abouts, or things I enjoy seeing for no reason other than a relaxing time.
 
Love Park has been a hot spot for a weekend hangout. There is much hot men watching, street musicians to be heard, and a couple close by eateries for a nibble. And not to mention on a hot day...it's a great place to cool off with that spectacular fountain, and it's cooling mist....
 
 
After getting in town sometimes I enjoy a good breakfast at Green Eggs Café....
Everyone knows the book, Green Eggs and Ham, but have you ever heard of the Green Eggs Café? Opened every day from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., this little café is home to more than nine different ways to get your eggs as well as a “Kitchen Sink” meal. There are more than enough options for you to choose exactly what you want from this amazing café. You can get anything from an omelet to Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, which is to die for. Eggs Benedict is my favorite..
Taking a stroll through the small streets in the gayborhood is always a nice calming walk, with cobblestone streets, tree shaded walk ways, great architectural elements, and quaint little townhomes.....
 
A Mistress mode of transport?
If walking is not your thing, Philadelphia has a great bicycle share program with 60+ locations around town, which has been extremely popular with locals and tourist, and has been a great way to aviate the traffic congestion in town. Philadelphia continues to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country with the launch of its own bike sharing program called Indego.
 
After so much walking I like to grab a quick libation sometimes at the Ritz....
 
which has the stunning 10 Arts Lounge....
Handcrafted cocktails and innovative small plates, along with live music, make this downtown Philadelphia cocktail bar and lounge the perfect happy hour .... or  to catch a quick thrist quencher or 6.
 
If shopping or some great coffee is your flair, stop in at the Belleview Hotel...I love seeing their chandeliers and the incredibly elegant marble clock.....
 
Take a trip down to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Magic Gardens is a, “mosaicked visionary" art environment as well as a gallery, where the artist, Isaiah Zagar, shows off his artwork through expression of colorful glass bottles, mirrors, tiles and old bike wheels. I promise, you’ve never seen anything like it before - it truly is a work of art.
 
 
Finally another place I find nice and secluded is Washington Square West. It's a quaint park, to see the lovely queens lounging about, some bird watching, and a great place for a snooze. Rittenhouse Square Park is nice too, but this park is no where as congested or noisy......

 
And the best part? With the exception of the drinks and the café......this whole day was free of money spending!!!! And gave the legs and ass a great work out! Most of these places are all within hotels for out of towners, and us locals can take regional rails on the cheap, so no need for driving. So a walk about can be a lovely way to spend a great day without always spending the money. Save those ones for the go-go boy bars I say! Tootles!!!!

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  1. Sounds like fun! I wish to be doing that someday...

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    1. Welcome V and thanks for stopping by! I think you would love what Philly has to offer. Some days days like this are the best. And don't get me started on our collection of great looking me!!!!

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  2. You have been doing so great post!!!! Philadelphia has always been one of my favorite cities to visit, even over NYC and Boston. And they are to be commended on that bike share program...that is genius.

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    1. I too love Philly and am never at a loss as to what to do. The bike share is also good in that if you rent a bike, it can be returned at another station.

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  3. That Magic Garden is amazing! Love the tour

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    1. Oh Jason, I bet you would love it! Sort of reminds me of something you'd see in Nola.

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  4. See this is why you should be a tour guide too! I have been to Philly and never knew about the Magic Garden. I love me some Ralph Lauren at the Belleview though....then much at the Palm.

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  5. I so need to get to Philly again soon! It is one of the most walkable cities around. I love hanging and catching some rays at Love Park.

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    1. ME TOO! That is where I was recently talking to the skateboard dude and his dog Lucy. If you hang out there Im sure traffic will come to a halt!!!!!

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  6. "there was a wee touch of being hung" - wee? I DON'T THINK SO! (size queen that I am)

    "And gave the legs and ass a great work out!" and that was BEFORE you got the professor on his back, right? ;-)

    we DO live in a great city, don't we? LUCKY BASTARDS WE ARE!

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    1. WE MOSTLY CERTAINY DO!!!! Your getting frisky. QUICK someone douse her with some water...non gin infused!

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    2. (water hits me)

      (wailing) I'm melting! melting!

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    3. Philly is like no other city.....something very special about it.

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  7. That's is a great day for not spending much money! I had a great trip when I came, of course I had a handsome tour guide, who even put me up!!! I'd be taking advantage of the bike share program a lot.

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    1. Not to mention bedside service no doubt!

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    2. The Casa always aims to please with guest.

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  8. Was that you with the huge glasses ad bouffant on the Vespa that weekend?!?!? Is Ming still taking requests?

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    1. If you lucky she may answer, she has already flew the coup back to Mount Yoshino....

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  9. Those are the best days.....to just see where a day will take you with no real plan. You do see some interesting sites in your area Mistress. You sure soak it all in.

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  10. And to think, I had the gull to go to Europe!!!! I'd been more than happy to meet you that day. I stop for coffee every morning at the Belleview!

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    1. Yes , we must! I would love to hear the details of your European tour.

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  11. Another nice installments! I have really enjoyed all the Philadelphia post lately . I can almost fell the mist of the fountain.

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  12. Very nice......and you said bird watch and benedict.

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  13. That is one amazing place and glorious day indeed.

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  14. Mistress, what a glorious post this morning with my coffee. William and I are very fond of Philly while we have lived here on main line all these year. One of my favorite things was to grab a book and plant myself in Washington Square West and read the day awhile. There was a great little cafe on the corner for a lite bite.Philadelphia does have some beautiful parks don't they?

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  15. I was in town for gay Pride this weekend. Philly looked more spectacular than ever! I 'd wished we had another day. After the festival we headed up at Love Park, where we laid back and caught some rays. And thought of you when I saw City Hall!

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    1. I would loved to have seen that site!

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    2. Next time the Raven........let it all hang out!

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  16. This post has made me homesick! I have lived in NYC, Boston, and Dallas, Philadelphia was by far my favorite, for so many reasons. I hope to head back one day. That bike share program sounds amazing. A great idea in these times for traffic flow issues and the environment. I had totally forgotten about the Magic Garden!!!!!! I think I once saw a gnome and a green fairy there once!

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    1. Thank you Asriel! Sometime I want to try the bikes, as I don't own one currently. A bike ride along Fairmount Park sounds heavenly. And don't let The Dogs Mother hear you mention gnomes.......she will want to capture it for her already huge community.

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    2. Bike rides along Fairmont Park are the one thing I miss most. Great way to spend the afternoon.

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  17. I really need to get up to Philadelphia one day ... the more pictures you post the more I want to see it for myself.

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    1. and you would have 2 tour guides willing to show you around. :)

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    2. and if you count those girls of yours, there'd be four tour guides!

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  18. Thanks for the guided tour! I'd love to see Washington Square West in person.

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  19. I've been to Philly, but apparently I did not have the proper person to squire me around to the best places. Perhaps the next rip the Mistress would be willing to show me the sites to see.

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    1. I have met many swell people form the blogosphere. There are many things to see and do...outdoors and indoors. Philly has really changed a lot the last couple years, and you'd love the mountain retreat I go too.

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    2. He is a great guide. And not bad on the eyes either.

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    3. if you can keep the eyes off the ass!!!

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  20. I think now I see why you were relaxing this weekend...do you ever sit still?

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  21. About right now, some Green Eggs Café sounds good. I haven't been there yet. And every time I see the Ritz, it reminds me of a Rome temple.

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  22. I would love to come and see Philadelphia too! I agree with Bob, these last couple post have been tempting! What "other sites" can one see on a trip with the tour guide? That Magic Garden is insane!

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    1. With me as tour guide, one never really knows what may come up.

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  23. What a wonderful day! So much to do, and if I recall, has very HANDSOME men!

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  24. Your city is certainly a feast for the eyes, but does how does the gayborhood compare with San Francisco's? The tourist guides point out the gay policemen in SF!

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    1. Well, while there is a steady flow of gay and lesbianis to be seen in the neighborhood and all over the city, the actual neighborhood isn't anywhere as much area and is also a mixed crowd, sand you won't see as much campy acts, not as many gay souvenir shops with gay fare, but does have a fair share of clubs, restaurants, pubs and bars. Come night though, it seems to get way more livelier, and the crowd seems to triple. I don't know about the police.....I've yet to be frisk and felt by one yet.

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  25. What a great tour of your day! I love an afternoon like that sometimes. I love the look of the neighbors....how quaint and the Magic Garden is incredible! I love yo see more of that.

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  26. I will come back to this place, its huge and open, and have really tall ceilings. Wait staff was also pretty good. Bartender was awesome and personable. I was really pleased to rent a space for an event. Ha! I highly recommend these guys.

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  27. Very cool post. When we moved here, we actually used alot of you pass post as guides to start us off of things too see and do, and the restaurants. Your right on. We have also used the bike program., since we both like biking........good way to see the city and get exercise.

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  28. What a fabulous post!!!!! I love also you take advantage that all the city has to offer. I can and do spend all days in the parks.

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  29. What another wonderful day in the life!!!!!! I adore Philly and its one place I don't mind going to when I find out im leaving on business. You have given me a few things to check out for next time.

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