17.03.2014 - 17.03.2014
When I looked outside of my hotel room this morning, I saw...snow. Not tons, but quite a bit of it. I already knew that particularly chilly temperatures and snow were predicted for today. So, how did the weather affect my itinerary? Shopping Day!
On most trips that I take, I set aside some time to casually browse some fun stores, and today, I made sure to savor this particular opportunity - I slept in, I had brunch at a cozy cafe down the street, I read a good novel at bookstore while sipping some coffee. I took my time, enjoying the good life at a slower pace for my last full day in Philadelphia.
And then I went shopping. Luckily, a number of hotels in Philadelphia are located on either Walnut Street or Chestnut Street, both of which have great selections of stores nearby. I almost bought an adorable 1960s maude-style dress at Buffalo Exchange. I also particularly enjoyed Joseph Fox Bookshop, which had a great selection of travel-related books that I had never seen at other stores.
As I walked around from shop to shop during the early afternoon, the snow came down pretty heavy. Yet, the streets and sidewalks mostly stayed clear. I saw snow trucks patrolling the roads, and shop owners put salt/sand on the sidewalks. Cars kept driving, and people kept living their lives pretty much as normal. Inches of snow lingered on tree branches, car roofs, grassy areas and building tops, giving these surfaces a nice wintry embellishment. I felt like I was in a Northeastern winter wonderland. In fact, I came across Rittenhouse Square, and this outdoor park looked especially lovely in white.
Funny, according to weather reports, it was 65 degrees at home in Dallas today. Last week was Spring Break in many parts of North Central Texas. Meanwhile, winter still lingers in Philadelphia and the mid-Atlantic. Especially today. That's okay with me. I am happy to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a mix of celebratory green and glistening white in this lovely city.