Straight Forward Philly Post

At the risk of receiving more flak for making somewhat sterile posts not filled with reflection and insight, I'm going to tell you about my all too brief time in Philadelphia. (You are, of course, welcome to not read and skip ahead to all the pretty pictures.)

I really really enjoyed my time in Philly. I'm not a city person, but I can appreciate a good city when I see one. The first thing that I noticed was how incredibly walker friendly it is. There are lots of people who live downtown, so the city doesn't shut down on the evenings and weekends like many other cities you see. Plus, there are produce markets, grocery stores, and other functional stores* interspersed. As a corollary to the walking, I noticed a big presence of car sharing. I'm sure this walkability had a huge influence on my impression of the city.

Another great thing the city has going for it is history out the wazoo: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell*, lots of churches, and brick everywhere. I tried to take this picture to show the great balance of modern and historic, but the settings on my camera were all wonky so it didn't turn out great*. I could have easily passed the whole day wandering around the historic district and looking at all the firsts: the first bank, the first free library, the first place that Benjamin Franklin took a poo, etc. Unfortunately, I had a strict schedule to keep.

Other activities (which I will mostly gloss over because this is getting wordy) were a visit to Love Park*, a tour of the U.S. Mint*, and the discovery of some very interesting crosswalk art*. Yeah, 24 hours isn't really enough to do this wonderful city justice, esp. if you are recovering from an all night drive on a tire you expect to blow out at any time with a complete (although, it turns out, very nice and generous) stranger*. City of brotherly love, I'll be back.
Saturday April 5 2008File under: travel, USA

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on Sun 06th Apr, 2008 11:23 pm PDT Horge said:
If I ever make it to Philly, the definite top of my list is to visit the basketball court where the Fresh Prince got spun around by that bully and then sent off to Bel Air, where he changed his name to Will Smith and became a movie star...
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on Mon 07th Apr, 2008 01:12 pm PDT soreyes said:
Toynbee tiles...about 250 messages of mysterious origin found embedded in asphalt in several major cities in the United States and three South American capitals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tilesthere was a Geocache, but its archived for being virtual or whatever.
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on Fri 18th Apr, 2008 03:16 pm PDT mandy said:
Philly is my absolute favorite city ever, I'm glad you got to see some of it
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