Monday, June 6, 2011

FAMILY & FRIENDS…the Philadelphia connection

Yesterday I left Maryland and headed to Philadelphia, stopping in Wilmington to pick up friend Obie. We arrived in south Philly about 1 o’clock, found a rare parking place on 12th street and made our way to Danny and Linda’s.

Danny and Linda's house

Danny and Me

Danny and Obie

As expected, we found the results of Linda’s efforts on the kitchen table …bread, olives, cheese, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and a bowl of fresh blueberries. About an hour later we were being led to our table at Café Beau Monde, a creperie at 6th and Bainbridge streets. My cousins, Obie, and I have been coming here on our Sunday visits for the last 5-6 years; the crepes are delicious and the martinis even better.

After a most delightful lunch we walked a bit on the very funky South street, past the condom shop, the tattoo parlors, and cafes, eventually finding the Delhi street, where my mother, and Danny’s father were born (mom in 1917 and uncle Alfred in 1910). We all agreed that it is very unlikely that their were condom shops at that time.

Mom and Uncle Al's birth place.

Delhi st. looking south

Delhi street looking norht...yes, that is a Whole Foods store. Delhi street is one block long.

Today...south Jersey, more cousins, and pasta. Life is good.

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