Meeting Cydele (retrospeck)

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cell block in Eastern State Penitentiary

It was a rainy day, as I planned to meet up with Cydele (retrospeck). We met a week earlier at the meet-up in LA. When learning that she was coming to Philly, I made plans to meet up when she came into town. We exchanged messages on TB, to arrange the meeting time and place. Originally from San Diego, Cydele was in Pittsburgh for a conference. She then drove across PA to Philly, as she wanted to see this city.

I arrived into town, and ended up walking all the way to the rental agency, where she would be returning the car. It was a long walk, as I was too cheap to use the subway. It was very humid, and I started to sweat quickly. Once there, I got a text message, telling me that she was running late.

me and Cydele at Rocky statue (taken from her page)
I waited at the car rental agency, then walked a few blocks to the Franklin Institute. After a little mix-up, we finally met up.

Since she was saving the main attractions for another day, she wanted to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary, a prison that once held the infamous gangster, Al Capone. So we walked about 5 blocks to get there. Once we arrived, we separated for the time, since we each got our own audioguide.

More about Eastern State itself in the review here. I've been to the prison once, but that was for a Halloween haunted house tour. This was my first time seeing the prison, as it is, without all the haunted house stuff. After walking around the prison, and seeing the different cells, I met up with Cydele, and we walked to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Rocky steps


Now already, you should know why we headed that way. That's right, it's to run the steps like Rocky Balboa did in the film, hence why the Art Museum steps is often called the "Rocky steps". But first, we had to see the statue of Rocky himself. There was a line for it, to get a photo with the statue, which both of us did.

It was built in 1982, around the time of filming of "Rocky III". Shortly after, it got moved to the Spectrum, former home of the Flyers and 76ers. It did return to the art museum briefly for a few movies that were filmed in Philly. But it was not a permanent return until 2006, as it was placed on the right side of the Art Museum steps.

After seeing the statue, we both ran up the steps, to the top where the footprints were. Then we each did the arm raising thing, just like Rocky did.
Philly cheesesteaks
I don't know how many times I've done it. And it does give nice views of downtown Philly, more locally known as Center City.

Afterwards, we walked along the Ben Franklin Parkway, stopping by Love Park for a little bit. Then went to Reading Terminal Market, which is an indoor market, with farmer's market and places to eat. This was where we got to eat the Philly specialty, the Philly cheesesteaks. Unfortunately, I was running low on cash, and the place did not accept credit card, so Cydele had to cover for me. Hopefully, I will return the favor someday.

After enjoying our cheesesteaks, we had to part ways, as I had to head back. It was a fun time to meet up with a TBer for the second time, only this time, in Philly.

WalterC says:
I did not think about writing about it until I decided to work and update my Philly blog. It was around the time when I decided to do some sightseeing in my own backyard. I don't think I had a cheesesteak since that time. I should probably get one soon. :)
Posted on: Mar 19, 2014
retrospeck says:
I just saw this. Didn't know you had written about it! I want a Philly cheesesteak now!
Posted on: Mar 18, 2014
WalterC says:
It's worth checking out if you are into history! ;)
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013
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me and Cydele at Rocky statue (tak…
me and Cydele at Rocky statue (ta…
Rocky steps
Rocky steps
Philly cheesesteaks
Philly cheesesteaks
entrance to a cell block at Easter…
entrance to a cell block at Easte…
jail cell in Eastern State Peniten…
jail cell in Eastern State Penite…
door to somewhere :)
door to somewhere :)
2-story cell block
2-story cell block
yard within Eastern State Penitent…
yard within Eastern State Peniten…
walls of Eastern State Penitentiary
walls of Eastern State Penitentiary
view of Philly from Eastern State
view of Philly from Eastern State
broken door at Eastern State Penit…
broken door at Eastern State Peni…
main lookout tower
main lookout tower
Al Capones cell
Al Capone's cell
Rocky statue
Rocky statue
footprints of Rocky
footprints of Rocky
Cydele doing the Rocky stance
Cydele doing the Rocky stance
me doing the Rocky stance
me doing the Rocky stance
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