Dudley visits us in Philly!

We had an adventure-filled visit with Kate this weekend!  After interviewing at Penn for a pulmonary critical care fellowship, the three of us had a fabulous time exploring the City.

We started off in Fairmount Park on Friday.  Krister and Kate went for an extensive walk – four miles! – and Kristin jogged into the park, meeting up with the pair after finishing work.  Then we set off for Bourbon Blue for dinner.  We feasted on calamari, ribs, and fresh fish… and topped it off with some fabulous wine!

On Saturday, Elizabeth joined us for brunch at Farmacia in Old City.  We stuffed ourselves silly and then wandered over to the Liberty Bell.  Did you know the Liberty Bell did not ring for the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776?  In fact, the Bell rang on July 8th, after the first public reading of the Declaration.

We spent the early afternoon sculpting glass to make pretty Easter eggs at Hudson Beach Glass.  Kate made a blue and yellow egg; Krister went with green, white, and yellow; Elizabeth used maroon and white; and Kristin pinks and purples.  Making the eggs was an interesting process: we gathered glass on a long pole, used a mold to shape molten glass into an egg, and then used a large metal tool to craft the base.

After saying goodbye to Elizabeth, the three of us continued on to Longwood Gardens for the annual Orchid Extravaganza!  We quickly discovered that “Orchid Extravaganza” is not an exaggeration!  We saw orchids, orchids, and more orchids…  and then we bought a couple.  We also learned that orchids come in many shapes and sizes…  and can be a bit overwhelming in large numbers.

We polished off the night with some beer and pizza at Manayunk Brew Pub.  On Sunday, we hit Manayunk Diner before taking Kate to the airport.


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