Philadelphia Meanderings, Day 1 Walking Everywhere

Our Airbnb room is located near the University District, which is perfect for us since it is very close to a great brunch spot called Sabrina’s. Offering one of the top brunches in this city, we are just a 6-minute walk away. So we got up early on the Sunday morning and were one of the first customers for their 8 o’clock opening…

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We split this special menu item Challah French toast along with a plate of eggs and potatoes. We were definitely stuffed.

After that filling breakfast, we spent the next 10 hours wandering around the city centre taking in all of the old churches and all of the historic sites.  I accidentally left my map back in the room, so for the first couple of hours we were just going off a Google map on our smartphone so I might not have all of the names of the places we went to.

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I spent a lot of time trying to set up this shot, but my gorilla camera accessory was not cooperating and the camera kept flopping down. So of course I need to post this picture as a reward for all of my hard work!

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Another no name church, but it is so beautiful!

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It was hard to resist the temptation, but we were able to leave this sweet bakery without any damage

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Sculpture fountain at Rittenhouse Square Park

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Lots of tall buildings!

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We went to the Hyatt at Bellevue and rode the elevator to the top floor to get in some of these great views of the city looking East towards the Delaware River

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This is actually the Ritz-Carlton inside some old bank, with City Hall looming in the background

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Finally I have the name of one of the churches that we went to

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Interior

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The Old City Philadelphia, and just the downtown core itself, has many of these signs up to provide a little history as you walk around which is pretty cool

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He strolled through the Reading Terminal Market and made our way up through Chinatown and this Chinese friendship gate

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At Franklin Square Park there is this miniature golf course set up with number of Philadelphia's historic buildings in miniature as prop pieces for the golfing

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We went to a number of gift shops throughout the day, and of course Lisa was always drawn to the book section so that she could add more books to her Goodreads account. This gift shop was inside the National Constitution Center

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Inside the Independence Visitor Center posing next to some dude that is probably important!

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When in Philadelphia, you have to get a Philly cheesesteak. Unfortunately we were not able to make the long Trek to the Italian market and try to find offerings from Geno's and Pat's. Pat's. However, we did try this one from Sonny's and it was delicious

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This is an old think that the National Park Service has now converted to displaying National Portrait Gallery

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Well it is not the Liberty Bell, but this is one of the iconic landmarks in Philadelphia at Independence Hall

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Washington Square Park

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We strolled along the Washington Square District through Antique Row and then walked down busy South Street and Came Upon This tourist attraction called The Magic Gardens.

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We were thrilled that we stumbled upon this Frozen Custard Stand and we ordered up Heath bar vanilla milkshake that was perfect for this sunny Sunday afternoon

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Hand on to Penn's Landing, where there is a hub of us frantic activity with people enjoying the riverfront area

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On this evening Penn's Landing was hosting a Hispanic Festival with a band performing on the concert stage. Here Lisa takes a short break from all of the walking that we have been doing

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This is the Irish Memorial, with placards surrounding the site explaining the Irish emigration to the United States and the years of suffering they went through during the hunger years.

We finished the evening by getting a slice of pizza at Big Ass Slice, then riding the subway back to our Airbnb. Whew, another great day meandering about!

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