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Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Can't Get Enough

Sunflowers; organic vegetables; Amish baked goodness; used books; chocolate dipped onions, potato chips, strawberries; oven mitts; walls of honey bears; apple cider; spices; brisket; gourmet sandwiches; baklava; pretzels (of course); live lobsters; live crabs; baskets; creamware cow-pitchers; cheeses; chickens; every cut of meat imaginable; tablecloths; wreaths; baguettes; crafts…

All of this in stall after stall at downtown Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market; plus a weekend lunchtime crowd that has every one of the numerous tables filled. Somewhere in the back, there's a beer garden. 

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I hate going to the mall - something about the lighting, the you-could-be-anywhere-air, and the .really. .energetic. .smiles. that you get sometimes.  I love a good, busy market.  They're what malls aspire to.  They're what malls could be in about 100 years, given a good smack to the head and a backhoe.  Reading Terminal Market is still a thriving market, and, being close neighbors with the Hard Rock Cafe and [...]More

Friday, 26 October 2007

Baltimore is for Babies

Those of you who live near or visit Baltimore's waterfront neighborhoods know how lucky you are.   Especially those of you who have kids.

What better way to spend a morning than to walk along the waterfront walkway, possibly stopping by the National Aquarium for some dolphin time, then slipping into the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor and heading straight for the best kept secret for kids in all of Maryland - the 3rd floor children's room.  Water tables.  Pneumatic tubes for sending secret messages.  Microscopes.  Trains.  A soft play area for babies.  Enough said.

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making rain sticks at Patterson Park

How could you not love the Tiny Tot Safaris in Patterson Park, the fact that most major museums (the Walters [...]More

Friday, 19 October 2007

Barnes Foundation Eye-Spy

It was just 10 minutes. For the rest of the morning, one of us played outside with her, while the other took a close friend through the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA,
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but maybe she'll remember walking into the center gallery, with Matisse's mural arching overhead, and maybe she'll remember being surrounded by masterworks of every size:

"See the paintings?" I whisper.

"mmm-hmm."

"Can you find the swan?"

Looks around. "It's over there!" She sort-of-whispers, drawing amused looks from the other patrons. Pointing at Cezanne's Leda and the Swan.

"What about the bull?"

Looks around again. "There!" Right in front of her - a giant Picasso in rich reds and browns.

A few more minutes of that and she was outside, racing around the gardens with one parent and then the other. Much to the gratitude of the museum staff and guests, I'm sure. And maybe she won't remember, except when she [...]More
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