Our day off started with much confusion, as usual. We didn't know what we wanted to do. It was such a beautiful day so I suggested we go to the zoo in Philly. The cost was slightly higher than we wanted.. so we found another zoo.. in Delaware! It may seem far away but it's actually quite close, about 40 minutes away, and the horrible Philly traffic isn't involved (bonus!). We hopped in the car with one destination in mind and ended up having a day full of adventure in Wilmington.
The BrandyWine Zoo was pretty empty on a Tuesday afternoon, and we didn't mind one bit! Living in a house with 10 people, 5 of which have special needs, there isn't much silence. So silence is cherished and welcomed on our day off each week. The admission was reasonable ($7) and accurately priced. The size of the zoo was slightly disappointing, but we had a stellar time nonetheless! We saw a sleepy tiger, monkeys that looked like they were straight out of the Lion King, goats that loved to be touched, and a lonely otter that swam in green water. We brought a few snacks and enjoyed them in the picnic area near the Christina River.
After our time at the zoo, we realized that we still had an entire day to make memories! Thankfully Brian has an iPhone, so we looked up things to do nearby the zoo. We found a couple art museums that were closed on Tuesdays.. not helpful. We found the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. The DCCA was open and had free admission! It was only a few minutes from the zoo and was also empty as can be! We weren't able to take pictures but the art there was super interesting and fun to look at with BHW. Many of the pieces were available for purchase, they were also bigger than cars, so I was curious where someone would have room to place such a large piece of art.
All the walking during the afternoon got our stomachs ready for a nice late lunch. As we were driving earlier, we passed through Little Italy. I was seriously craving some Chinese Take-out, but I figured while we were there, we might as well grab some Italian. Again, Brian's iPhone took us to a family run restaurant, Madeline's. As soon as we walked in, we knew lunch was going to be more than we wanted to pay. We were once again the only people in the place so it wasn't like we could just walk back out. The rolls were the size of my head, and the entrees were even bigger. I ordered the Parmesan Chicken, while BHW had Futtucini Alfredo. I have to admit, the food was just so-so. We did enjoy the salad bar though! After lunch, it was off to the river to do some walking!
I was surprised at how wonderful the river walk was! The temperature was just perfect for a stroll. There were tons of people walking and biking up and down the river. We even saw a couple rowing teams getting in the last of their practices. I found it humorous because their coach was in a motor boat next to them while they rowed and rowed, I bet they envied him! He was yelling at them through a megaphone too! It was pretty funny. At the end of our walk was a wonderland for animals! It was a wildlife refuge and it was spectacular! The landscaping was literally breathtaking. The paths and waterfalls seemed so natural and flowed with the riverfront landscape with ease. As the sun was setting, we decided it was time to head back to Soltane to catch some shut eye.