Philly - Day One
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I really didn't know what to expect. Yes, I'm a history buff, but ancient history; which is why taking my dear friend, Kj, with me was so fun. She is an American history FANATIC! Loves it, loves it, loves it! What better American city to visit with someone like that than Philly?
We stayed near the historic district in a B&B, or the Philly version of a B&B. It wasn't my favorite, but it was perfectly situated near everything we could want to see. Just north of the Italian district, just a couple blocks south of the visitor center and all the sites!
Unfortunately, our room was on the third floor with no elevator, so we made sure we always had what we needed as we left.
Since we arrived in the afternoon and the streets roll up at 5:00, we decided to hit some sights that we knew would be open.
First let me say that the streets in Philadelpha are gorgeous cobblestone...however, definitely not ADA compliant! The cobblestones were every-which-way, resulting in Kj nearly launching us into oncoming traffic a few times. She almost fell with me...so at least I wouldn't have suffered alone. :)
We learned the trick was take a taxi from the B&B to the historic district, where we could move about much better. And for only $5, well worth saving the energy for the fun stuff.
Dinner was at City Tavern which was amazing. The original burnt down, but they have reconstructed it to its original state. The original tavern hosted such icons in history as Paul Revere, George Washington...just to name a few. The food was sensational. Lobster pie...never heard of such a thing, but loved it. Their own specialy beers made right there. I was in heaven.
We visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that afternoon in Washington Square, which is very nicely done and a little emotional. For me that is very unusual, however, being in the city where so much of our history classes in school were centered...to finally see them. It was wonderful.
With day one finished, it was back for a much deserved rest.