Brother, You’re gonna love Philadelphia

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The cradle of our nations independence,  the city of brotherly love, the liberty-town, Philadelphia goes by many names. The former nation’s capital and currently the nation’s fifth largest city Philadelphia belongs on everybody’s short list on must visit  North American cities.

There’s something for everyone here. Great food, a world class art museum, a rich cultural and historical heritage and a vibrant musical scene.  I’ve been told it’s always sunny here, but during my visit it was mostly chilly and overcast, but I found enough to do to keep my mind off the cold.

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The Globetrotting Grandpa sporting the latest in Alma Mater wear. Standing outside of Independence hall.
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The liberty bell Philadelphia’s most famous icon.
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Inside of Independence Hall this is the very first house of Representatives
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The very first location of the United States Senate
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Both the Declaration of Independence and later the United States constitution were debated in Independence Hall. Besides housing the original US House and Senate, the building was also the location for the original US Supreme Court. The hall is featured on the reverse side of the US 100 Dollar Bill (not that I get to see one too often) Tickets are free but it is always crowded and you can only go on a guided tour so book early.
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The grave of  Benjamin Franklin probably Philadelphia’s most famous resident.
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The grave of Betsy Ross

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Philadelphia City Hall. For years the tallest building in the city. The tower is over 540 feet tall and is capped by a statue of William Penn. (Pennsylvania is named after him)
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Cupid’s arrow just might strike you visiting the city’s many Art treasures at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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The Art museum faces city hall and the new sky scrapers that have surpassed it. The two biggest buildings are both Comcast towers
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Rocky Balboa stands in triumph near the  Museum of Art steps he once famously ran up

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Pat’s or Geno’s the debate rages on both serve the famous Philadelphia steak sandwich. Both sides inspire fiercely loyal supporters. My opinion? Well, I can’t say when I was there all I had was plastic and they are cash only businesses.
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I did end up having a steak sandwich at a place called Sammies downtown. It was very tasty. And they let me charge it.
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Cheesesteak isn’t your cup of tea? here’s another great food option. One of the nation’s oldest city markets with just about anything you could be hungry for.
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You’ll love Philadelphia and you might just find out the feelings mutual.

One Reply to “Brother, You’re gonna love Philadelphia”

  1. One of my favorite cities also. There’s a lot to do and not just the touristy stuff. Pats and Geno’s are very overrated. Most Philadelphians like Campos which is in Center City and they take cash and cards and it’s near Independence Hall. Also while not as big as Reading Terminal Market, try the Bourse, which is across the street from Independence Hall and next to the Jewish museum the next time you go to Philly

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