A Weekend in Philadelphia

I have been to many US cities but one that eluded me for a very long time was Philadelphia. I finally changed that last summer when I decided kill two birds with one stone and cross a new city and another MLB ballpark of my list.

I left Chicago late Friday afternoon and landed in Philadelphia just in time for dinner. I did some research while I was waiting to board the plane in Chicago and Bud & Marilyn’s kept coming up as a good spot for dinner. It had good reviews and I was interested in the menu so that’s where I headed after dropping my stuff off at the hotel. I was able to walk there from my hotel, which was great! I enjoyed my time there. It was very busy and lively and the atmosphere was casual and fun, exactly my type of place! (http://budandmarilyns.com/

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They are known for their hot buttered buns so I had the Nashville hot buns, which included hot fried chicken, little pickles, burnt scallion ranch, pickle brine slaw.

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Crispy cheese curds. Yum!

After dinner, I walked around the city for a bit and then decided to head back to the hotel and watch the Cubs/Phillies game. Instead of going back to my room, I stopped at the bar in the lobby, figuring I would watch a bit of it there with a beer. I noticed that the game wasn’t on at the bar when I arrived so I flagged down the bartender and asked him if he would turn the baseball game on. His response? “You mean the Phillies?” Umm, well technically I care about the Cubs but…does Philadelphia have more than one MLB baseball team that I am not aware of?!?! I couldn’t help but laugh. “Yes, the Phillies.” He looked at me skeptically but did put the game on for me.

I rarely go to hotel bars when I travel, especially when I travel alone. This trip however, I ended up spending a lot of time both nights at the lobby bar. There were a lot fun, interesting people there and I ended up having a great time!

The next evening, I headed off for game two in the Phillies/Cubs weekend series. This was my first time at Citizen’s Bank Park. The stadium was nice but Pittsburgh is much prettier (but shhhhh, don’t tell). The Cubs won really big that night – I believe they ended up scoring 17 runs. I ended up at the hotel lobby bar again after the game…and was basically there until close that night.

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Philly Phanatic has a girlfriend. Who knew!?

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Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries (fries with a secret blend of crabby spices) 

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The restrooms at the ballpark had tile that looked like grass on the floor. 

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I took the train to and from the ballpark. It’s my favorite way to travel!

The next morning, I had reservations to go to Independence Hall in the morning. I purchased my tickets online ahead of time so that I wouldn’t have to wait in line (and so they wouldn’t sell out before I got there). I highly recommend buying them beforehand if you want to go while visiting Philadelphia. You can but them here: https://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/independencehalltickets.htm

Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. The building was completed in 1753. A convention marking a formal announcement of the formation of the League to Enforce Peace, which lead to the League of Nations and eventually the United Nations was also help in Independence Hall.

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The Assembly Room, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both signed. Following his assassination, Abraham Lincoln’s body lay in repose in this room for two days.

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Independence Hall

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Monument in a park as I was walking to Independence Hall

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Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (inside Independence Hall)

Next up was the Liberty Bell. The bell was commissioned in 1752. It was once placed in the steeple of Independence Hall. The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen.  After American independence was secured, the bell fell into relative obscurity until the 1830s, when it was adopted as a symbol by abolitionist societies, who dubbed it the “Liberty Bell”.

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Bust of Benjamin Franklin

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Liberty Bell

After touring Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the effects from spending too much time at the bar the night before really started to kick in on my head. Ugh! So I decided to grab a quick breakfast and then joined do hop on hop off bus tour of the city for a couple of hours. It was a great way to see the city (and not move my head too much).

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Betsy Ross House

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Betsy Ross Info

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Benjamin Franklin’s final resting place

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The famous Rocky scene was shot on the steps in the front. It was all fenced off while I was there because of a large concert scheduled to take place later in the week. 

And finally, before I got on the plane back to Chicago, I had to have a Philly cheesesteak. There are so many different places to choose from and everyone seemed to have a different opinion about which place is best. In the end, I decided on Campo’s. It was very good! I would definitely recommend it.

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So many places to choose from and after asking a lot of people which place had the best cheesesteak, this is where I ended up.

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