On the road to Washington DC from Philadelphia, we drove through a landscape of wildlife refuges along Delaware Bay towards Dover, the capital city of Delaware.
This is Reedy Island Rear Range Lighthouse.
Emergency sirens also grace this beautiful landscape.
The birdlife is plentiful in and around the refuges that share the territory with crop farms.
We avoided the fast food franchises for lunch and landed in a family run restaurant in Sudlersville, Maryland. Thus far, this establishment wins the prize for the most condiment and cracker-laden table settings.
I’d love to tell you that I ran up this steps towards the Philadelphia Art Museum then turned around and triumphantly punched the air and raised my arms as I looked down Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards the city.
I did, however, have a solo visit to the art museum this morning where I gravitated towards favourites such as Gustav Klimt and Paul Cezanne, and found some new objects and paintings to enjoy. The ceramic piece is called White Granite Bay by Wayne Higby and the paintings are by Thomas Eakins, a realist artist previously unknown to me.
The museum ticket price included entry to the Rodin Museum a few blocks away.
We caught a late lunch in the 9th Street / Italian Market precinct. Let it be said, there are few taste combinations as good as lamb, roasted fennel and tomato, sun-dried cherries, gorgonzola and rocket (or arugula as they call it here in the US).
We rounded off the afternoon with a visit to the National Constitution Centre (no photos please). The rain began to fall just as we arrived back to our hotel.
Tomorrow it’s a short hop down the road to Washington DC.