Philadelphia – The City of Brotherly Love


Philadelphia was on my bucket list for a long, long time. In 2011 I was living in Montauk, NY for the summer and was planning a visit, but chose Niagara Falls instead. In 2013 I was living in Newport, RI  and found it a little bit far and chose to buy a ticket for the west coast. In 2015, I chose Wildwood, NJ because it was close to Philadelphia and not too far from Washington DC. When I visit a new place, I make a research of what to see there. But, I always leave some time for a nice quiet walk, glass of beer (or OK…maybe two…) and observing everything around me and relax. This is my system, and as Monica in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. once said – Nobody messes with the system.

For the so called “City of brotherly love” I made a list and pretty much stuck to it. First, we headed to see the LOVE park. To be honest we found it really quickly and managed to make a few pictures to the popular attraction – the LOVE statue. I liked how the red letters contrasted with the blue fountain in the back. Philadelphia, itself, is a very green and beautiful city.

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Afterwards we wanted to see the Rocky Steps. We got a map, because we tend to get lost and continue to our destination. Of course, there was a crowd near the statue at the bottom of the steps, but it didn’t bother us. I managed to make a single shot without anybody near it and then made a few of my friends making funny faces. I had to make a video clip of them running up the stairs, obviously channeling their inner Rocky. The view from the top was astonishing. I am a true New York fan, but I have to admit that Philadelphia’s skyline was pretty amazing.

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The Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell were part of my list. We walked, because we always walk, like in Washington DC – only 20 km for a day, but that’s a story for another post. I liked that before the Bell itself you can read some history and really understand why people from all around the country, and other countries as well, come to see it.

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At last, we were ready for food and beer. We walked around the city trying to feel its vibe and looked for a place to chill. Hard Rock Café was our choice and it didn’t disappoint. We had just a few hours to explore and still managed to see a lot. Seeing the Bulgarian flag was such a nice thing.  Although, the sign saying it was actually the Bulgarian flag was missing, but we were happy to see it.

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