The Only Thing that Could’ve Made it Better is if The Fresh Prince Had Walked Up and Told Me He’d Buy Me Anything I Wanted from Anthropologie.
If I could only use one word to describe the city of Philadelphia. I know exactly what I’d choose:
Really, almost everything I’d heard about Philly — aside from endless word about the deliciousness of its cheese steaks — alluded to its roughness.
Its subtly induced reputation for hard knocks and downed luck and overbearing, relentless strife.
From the obvious overtones of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” to Will Smith’s epic fight on the basketball court during the opening credits of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the city was advertised as lonely and dangerous. With its gritty undertones of dreary streets and gray skies serving as cinematic backdrops for the trials of Sylvester Stallone and Tom Hanks in Rocky and Philadelphia, the city was portrayed bleak and hopeless.
Because of these things, Philadelphia just sat, dusty and neglected in the back of my mind, as this place I’d probably never care to see.
But then I saw it.
I really saw it.
I saw its richness in history, art, museums, green space, food, and culture.
And suddenly, I felt very, very misinformed.
I only had one day to explore, but now I know this: Philadelphia, I will be back.
Just giving you a heads-up.
Those are awsome pictures !
I always thought it would be cool, although Rocky doesn’t do much for it, I guess. I’ve never even been close to going there, so thanks for sharing your photos!
Well now you know if you’re ever close, it’s totally worth a stop. :)
I grew up in South Jersey and never really appreciated Philly until right before I moved away…it really is a beautiful, fun (and delicious!) city! If you haven’t already, you might want to run up the steps of the art museum à la Rocky…a little cheesy, maybe, but worth it for the view when you turn around. Also, check out the Reading Terminal Market, too…I think it’s possible to gain five pounds just by inhaling deeply. Soooo many delicious things… :)
I wish I was still there so I could try those things! Unfortunately, I only had a day to explore, which is why I definitely want to go back. :)
So glad you enjoyed Philly! It’s a fabulous city and your pictures are wonderful! I’ve lived in South Jersey all my life and it’s been great to be able to appreciate the city in different ways as I’ve matured. Hope you make it back to enjoy it some more. :)
Thanks, Mia! I hope I make it back too! With South Jersey you’re lucky to have lived between a couple major metropolitan areas. :)
Agreed. NYC is close but the turnpike and my irritation with (and slight fear of) the Lincoln Tunnel doesn’t make it convenient. It is great, though! Maybe Will Smith will take you on that shopping spree and Jay Z will offer me use of his chopper! That qualifies as win-win, right?
You know, we took the ferry from Staten Island — cheesy, I know, but it was $7 parking FOR THE DAY, which you can’t beat. Of course you’re screwed if you actually… I don’t know… want to stay very late, but at that point you may as well just get a hotel anyway. :)
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