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.
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.
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.
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.