Business travel sometimes throws a curve ball, resulting in changed plans and some degree of inconvenience. In my current situation, I find myself spending my Saturday looking out my window at the Philadelphia Airport Hilton as I await my delayed departure later this afternoon. But, hey, life is what you make it. Not only did I have a successful business trip, but I got to experience this beautiful city in the tranquility of a winter wonderland. Here are a few of the images I captured as I walked downtown Philadelphia in Thursday evening’s snowstorm.
Exiting the fabulous Sbraga restaurant as the snow began to fly. 1.2.2014
Walking north on Broad Street towards my home for the evening at the Doubletree Philadelphia. 1.2.2014
My evening began with a delicious dinner at Sbraga. The overall experience of Sbraga was outstanding; my full review will soon be posted on Yelp. Sitting at the bar as the snow began to fall was quite surreal.
After my wonderful dinner, I checked into my home for the evening, the Doubletree Philadelphia Center City. The night was still young, however, and a visit for Philadelphia for me is not complete without ducking into Moriarty’s Pub.
I took the photo below during my walk from the Doubletree to Moriarty’s. I’m always amazed at how a beautiful snowfall can quiet the big city. People passing by on the sidewalk exchanged smiles. There was an air of peace and tranquility as the snow transformed this bustling downtown into a winter wonderland. Later, I enhanced the photo and posted it on Instagram.
Original image taken on Broad Street, just north of the Doubletree, looking at City Hall just a few blocks up. 1.1.2014
Image enhanced with an Instagram filter. 1.2.2014
Moriarty’s is always a warm and friendly place. Tonight was no different, although many patrons apparently chose to keep warm at home rather than venture out to the pub. Since I had already enjoyed a fabulous dinner, I skipped their wings this evening – but for the record, Moriarity’s wings are my favorites. Anywhere. Nonetheless, my pint of Guinness hit the spot as I watched the snow fly outside from my warm perch at the bar.
Playbills above the bar amidst Moriarty’s holiday decor. 1.3.2014
Moriarty’s decorated for the holidays. 1.2.2014
Moriarty’s Pub in the snow. Image enhanced with antique and fade iPhoto filters. 1.2.2014
Venturing out of Moriarty’s to head back to the Doubletree, the snow was really coming down. Few people were on the streets, although it was still quite early. I decided to catch the first half of the Sugar Bowl in the lobby bar at the Doubletree.
My view of the snowstorm from my perch in the Doubletree lobby bar. 1.2.2014
This B&W enhancement was rather popular on my Instagram, so I share it here. 1.2.2014
I snapped this photo on my iPhone as I sat at the bar. Later, I enhanced it with a B&W filter and posted the enhanced version on Instagram. I was pleased to notice that even the native Philadelphians I encountered were as mesmerized by the snowfall as this Texan was!
Finally, it was time to head upstairs. My room was on the 26th floor so I took a few shots from that perspective before turning my undivided attention to rooting for Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
Indeed, life does throw some curve balls our way now and then. Although I would have preferred to be home with my family, I decided to make the most of this trip into winter. I thank God for the opportunity, and look forward to the next curve that comes my way!
View looking south down Broad Street from my 26th floor room at the Doubletree. 1.2.2014
Same view looking south down Broad Street as Friday morning downed clear and bright. 1.3.2014
The city is quiet at 9:00 Friday morning. 1.3.2014