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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.

Steps - Philadelphia Museum of Art

View down Ben Franklin Pkwy

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.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Portrait of a Woman - Gustav KlimtThe Large Bathers - Paul CezanneWhite Granite Bay - Wayne HigbyBetween Rounds - Thomas EakinsThe Agnew Clinic - Thomas EakinsThe Pair-Oared Shell - Thomas Eakins

The museum ticket price included entry to the Rodin Museum a few blocks away.

The Thinker - Rodin Museum

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).

Italian Market 1Italian Market 2Mural - Philadelphia

Sandwich - Paesano's South StPaseano - Italian Market

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.