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Philadelphia question

Taking a page from missfran's LJ, I have a meme-type question, and a GIP to boot:

"This is a post for my friends that do not live/come from Philadelphia but have visited. What do you remember most about the city? What was the best bit? What was the worst?

And if you've never visited, what would you like to do if you did?"


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Mar. 14th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
I think, if I ever visited Philadelphia, I would have to either imbibe myself with loads of a) cheese steaks or b) cream cheese, both of which I haven't a particular inclination towards typically but also those I can tolerate enough to partake of with equally delightful stereotypical fervour.
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
You can get the cream cheese anywhere, but DEFINITELY do cheesesteaks, at Pat's or Jim's. Without fail. OMG.
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
I guess I'm disqualified since i livED there for 6 years.
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
OK, so what do you miss most? For me, it was Tastykakes, cheesesteaks, decent soft pretzels, certain kinds of soda and a few other regional snack foods (Utz), and rain. :)
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)

High culture, gay culture, ethnic culture.

Oh, and Indian restaurants.
Mar. 15th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
Heh, sounds like you and I are located in the same Stix.
Mar. 14th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Chad & I visited on a bitterly cold weekend in January, largely because we needed a vacation and didn't want to spend too wildly much.

What did we remember most? Society Hill, a terrific example of an historic neighborhood that manages to preserve itself without turning suffocating - it incorporates a fairly large stock of modernist buildings that are sensitive to scale without succumbing to a Prince Charles-ian fakery. It's quite an achievement.

We stayed at the Loews Hotel, in the former PSFS building - considered the first International Style skyscraper in the United States. It's a terrific building; I highly recommend signing up for the frequent guest card (all you need to do is ask), which gives you access to the concierge floor. Free breakfast, fantastic views, and a very comfy lounge to read the newspaper in.

Third thing: Reading Market. Do not make the mistake we did and put that off to a Sunday; many of the vendors are Amish so you miss out on some of the most interesting foods.

Fourth: The Kimmel Center, where we stood in line on Saturday afternoon for rush tickets ($10 each, face value $85) to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra. The building, by Vinoly, has its flaws - but the hall itself is an acoustic jewel.

Fifth: Macy's, nee Wanamakers. You think you've seen a huge organ? Go to the main floor for what claims to be among the largest pipe organs in the U.S. I believe they give concerts at noon and 5 p.m., at least on weekend days.

Sixth: Food. We ate very, very well. Hard not to, it seems. We had no cheesesteaks.
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Society Hill is, indeed, a beautiful part of the city. Next time, hop over to Boathouse Row - it's pretty at night. :) And I'll have to check out the Lowes next time I'm in Center City - it sounds nifty! :)

Yes, Reading Market is so much fun! Such yummy good (and fresh) food.

Haven't been to the Kimmel Center (it was completed after I left for San Diego), but have heard good things about it (and the entire Avenue of the Arts - hooray for Ed Rendell!).

And I've been to Wanamakers (nobody born and rasied in Philadelphia calls it anything else but), but never actually saw the organ being played, nor the huge light festival they have at christmas. Perhaps it's something to take Q to sometime. :)

And yay for cheesesteaks! :D
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
I've been there a few times. The first was when I was visiting Penn, to consider it for grad school. There were a number of highlights, but I have to say the best part was getting a cabby who just loved the city and loved history and spent our entire cab ride telling us all sorts of facts and trivia.

The worst was when we were headed up to Princeton (and had flown in to Philly) and got stuck in traffic. Some endless logjam on the freeway.
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Wait, that wasn't the first time (the UPenn visit). I was there before with a friend. But that was when I spent the most time there, I think.
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Traffic in and around Philly is bad, but I'd say California is MUCH worse. And ew? New Jersey? We don't talk about them. Ew.

And I like Philly cab drivers better than New York, or even DC. Then again, driving in Philly isn't quite as perilous...
Mar. 14th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
I've never been. I'd have to see some of the historical sites; beyond that, I'd leave it up to a native guide, I think. I would like to sample these legendary tastykakes. :)
Mar. 14th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
I usually ask people, which tour do you want: historical, fun, shopping or gay? Then I tailor my schpiel accordingly. :D
Mar. 14th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Can I have A, B, and the low-budget version of C? :)
Mar. 14th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Historical: Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, Betsy Ross' House, Elfreth's Alley, Penn's Landing
Fun: Mutter Museum, South Street, Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum
Shopping: The Bourse, South Street, King of Prussia Mall, Antique Row

Mar. 14th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
The "Please Touch Museum" has the greatest name ever.
Mar. 14th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
It's awesome. It's supposed to be for little kids, but then again, so is Legoland. :D
Mar. 14th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
We used to go to something similar near my grandparents, when my cousins and I were young, but the name was more boring. :)

(I suppose I should go to Legoland one of these days...it's just so pricey.)
Mar. 14th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
For a Geek Goddess such as yourself, I say GO! Legoland is AWESOME! :)
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
I have been visiting Philly for years. One pair of my grandparents lived in PA all my life so I was in and around. They retired to Pendell
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I have been visiting Philly for years. One pair of my grandparents lived in PA all my life so I was in and around. They retired to Pendell <sp?> and so I did some small amounts of tourist stuff in Philly. The walk through Heart was a big, big fave memory.

Since then, they both have passed away and I go to Philly to see my friends. I do enjoy my time with them no matter what I do or don't do during a visit. They are my family of choice.

What I don't like is the small matter of my travel-karma. From being snowed in by a blizzard to trapped in transit by thunderstorms to starving on the parking lot of the NJ Turnpike in rush hour. Its all bad.
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I heard you visited. Sorry I missed ya!

The heart rocks! :D
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