So down to Philadelphia we went. And I'm so glad we managed to get some time there, even if it was unbelievably short. The people were so friendly. I wouldn't say people in New York were rude but they pretty much kept to themselves or the people they were walking with. In Philly we had two separate groups offer us help finding our hostel, one guy actually walked us halfway there and the guy at the counter wrote out a detailed itinerary so that we could see all the best parts of Philly in our short stay. It was just really, really nice.
We walked through the city up to the Museum district. We didn't go into any of them so I can't say how good they are, but if their size and architecture is anything to go off they must have been pretty decent. We took photos with the Rocky statue and walked up the famous steps (it was too icy to run) of the Art Gallery. Afterwards we walked down the road to the Reading Market and had lunch (pretzels, always and forever pretzels) and then dropped into the Mutter Museum. This place is insane. Alley recommended it when we were at dinner and it was so perfectly us we had to go. It began as a donation from Doctor Mutter to the Philadelphia College of Physicians of a lifetime's collection of medical tools, specimens and information. It's actually fairly small in terms of museum size but the collections are dense. There are 100s of skeletons, fetuses in jars, tumorous tissue, and preserved exemplars of regular and defective body parts and organs. It's probably not for the faint of heart but it's utterly fascinating.
We finished our night with a walk through the city down past all the Philly cheese steak restaurants and finally finishing up for dinner and drinks at Mac's Tavern. If you've watched It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia this is a must visit. It's partly owned by Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olsen (Mac and Dee) and there are a few loving touches in the bar that hint at the owners. It's always really, really good food. Tom had a buffalo cheesesteak and he did not shut up about it for days. DAYS. And this was on the back of New York!
|These photos were so incredibly awkward to take.|