Very random yet surprisingly awesome. That is how I would describe this trip. I literally agreed to go on this 48 hour endeavour with no expectations at all. It was focused around my boyfriend dead-heading to start a work trip/wanting to go to the Philadelphia Eagles football game and we ended up basically doing all of Philly in 48 hours.
Alas, here’s everything we got up to in Philly:
The Philly Cheese Steak Crawl
I had never before had a Philly Cheese Steak before this trip, and that’s why we told most people who asked why we were going to Philly. I feel pretty grateful that my first was in Philadelphia, because that’s truly the dream. First we had to go to John’s Roast Pork, which doesn’t necessarily sound like a cheesesteak joint but it nonetheless was flawless on that front. I think we set ourselves up for failure by going to this one first actually, because the others just couldn’t compare afterwards. It’s a little bit out of the way, but I would walk there if I had to that’s how good it was (queue ‘I would Walk 500 Miles by The Proclaimers). We also went to Pat’s and Geno’s both of which were alright but not outstanding. Geno’s was actually better as leftovers so do with that what you will.
At this point you’re probably thinking, ‘wow Aly that is a lot of Philly cheesesteaks to have in one day’. And you would be right, it was in fact three and I was dead. In between we did other things and walked and such but like…that’s a lot of bread and I want an award.
The Liberty Bell
One of the many endeavours between the cheesesteaks was the classic Philly attraction: The Liberty Bell. It’s in a tiny building near a much larger museum and it’s free to get in so that was sick. The line wasn’t too long because it was October but I can imagine the absolute chaos it would be during July. I was very underwhelmed because it’s an old cracked bell and there’s not much to see, but I couldn’t go and NOT see it. I also feel that since I’m not American there was little significance attached to the bell and so it was just a piece of metal. But see it even though it wasn’t cool okay? Okay.
The Rocky Steps
We all know the drill. In the Rocky movies he run up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and it’s a glorious day of strength and hope. Ya you have to run up those steps if you go to Philly and approximately 4985739485 other people are all also doing this so you don’t even have to be embarrassed it’s great.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
I cannot express to you how wicked this was. Think Park Guell, but urban and on steroids. It was a mosaic of all the coolest things you’ve ever seen with tunnels and staircases and it was just wild. So the story goes that the man that originally lived in the house was suffering from depression and doing mosaic was how he chose to cope. He eventually he covered his entire house inside and out as well as the garden next door and his parking spot, so neighbours offered spaces of their homes for him to continue. Thus if you walk around the neighbourhood a bit there’s some free installations you can also see. I believe tickets were about $8, but purchase them ahead online because they usually sell out quick.
Philadelphia Eagles game
I was mostly down to go because I’ve been to every other major league sport live except football so it needed to be done sooner or later. I’m not a diehard eagles fan or a fan of any NFL team for that matter so don’t @ me. This was fun because there was an open bar at the tailgate we went to, but then I lost my phone so that was a real downer (editors note: they actually ended up finding it and express shipping it back to Canada for me so god bless the Philadelphia Eagles, I am now in fact a super Eagles fan now). We met a lovely couple from Australia and so we chilled with them for most of the day. My final point on this would be that Americans are crazy about there football, you need to see it to believe it.
That is basically all we could cram into 48 hours and I had to get back to Toronto for work, but all in all I think we killed it. Philadelphia was never a city I would have visited if not for these circumstances and I’m glad I did because there was so many gems.