When Bill and I first met, I was living in Philadelphia, and he was living in New York. This meant lots of travel between both cities. Neither of us were familiar with the other’s territory, and honestly, I was barely familiar with my own. We saw the opportunity to explore, together. We became tourists in our own cities and surrounding areas, starting with Philadelphia.
Everyone knows (I hope) that Philadelphia is famous for the Liberty Bell , Independence Hall, The Art Museum (Rocky anyone?), and food such as cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and cream cheese.
The first time we spent the night in Philly we stayed in the Holiday Inn express Center City. Center City is just as it sounds, the center of Philadelphia. Inside and around Center City is where you will find all the great sights to see. We went to a fine steak house (Butcher and Singer) for dinner and spent the rest of the night walking around the city, enjoying the sights. The following day we spent time driving around my neighborhood just outside of center city. We explored the fairly new casino (Sugar House), which I had never been to even though it was just a few blocks from my house, I showed him the house I grew up in and the places I hung out as a kid.
Our next overnight stay in Center City was more to explore the bar and club scene (which, if you ask him, and compared to New York, is fairly non existent). We bar hopped on the famous South Street, and had some fun below South Street in the Delaware Avenue parking lot after hours (DLS). We stayed at the Embassy Suites on the bustling Ben Franklin Parkway, it included a balcony with a great view of the Art Museum (which was put to good use, even over looking the busy Parkway, one of our Dirty Little Secrets or DLS).
A friend of mine invited us to a local show in Allentown (about 45mins from Philly) that her, then-boyfriend’s band was playing in. We decided to make another overnight stay out of it. We booked a room, hired a car service, and while the show wasn’t all that wonderful (earplugs please), we had a fun night laughing, drinking, and being driven around (responsibly!). I guess we had a bit too much fun later in the room, as some killjoy came and banged on our door right in the middle of…well, you get it (DLS). The following day we had set out to explore Allentown, unfortunately a busted tire, and Pepboys taking 4 hours (yes 4 hours!) to replace it canceled our plans for the day.
While we didn’t explore every inch of Philadelphia and it’s surrounding areas in our short over night trips, we did explore places that I, had never been to, even after being born and raised there. It just goes to show you, you never know what’s in your own back yard.