Philadelphia Journals

The Philadelphia Story- new entries 2004

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A travel journal to Philadelphia by diminor1929

Buddakan Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: In many ways, Philadelphia is the East Coast's best kept secret. It has history, culture,events, sports teams, shopping, museums,outdoor activities and lots of terrific restaurants and hotels, all stamped with its own historic imprint.This is what makes it so unique from other big cities in the mid-Atlantic region!

The Philadelphia Story- new entries 2004

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Overview

Sculling on the Schulykill Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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While visits to Constitution Hall and the Liberty Bell are considered mandatory for visitors, unless you are a history buff they may not be the most interesting. (I recommed a quick trip thru.) Save more time for exploring other memorable spots in the the "Historic District" of Philadelphia which includes Ben Franklin's restored home and museum,(excellent for kids!) Betsy Ross's home, Elfreth's Alley and various stations that were part of Underground Railroad. In the huge museum area ( located on Ben Franklin Parkway/Eakins Oval to Logan Circle)visit the Civil War Museum, the Art Museum, Museum of Natural Science, Franklin Institute (must see for kids and adults!), Please Touch Museum, Mummers Museum...Read More

Marrakesh

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Restaurant

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I enjoy "adventure" in dining and that makes Marrakesh one of my favorite places to take visitors for something "off the beaten path". They serve a prix fixe menu every night and $20 for this 7 course feast is a bargain! The aura of mystery begins with the location; the spot is tucked away in an alley (Leithgow) off of South St. between 4th & 5th Ave. When you see the huge, ornate, wooden doors, you knock with a brass door knocker and are welcomed inside. Instantly you will feel transported outside of Philly. The strains of Moroccan music,the beaded room dividers,the smells of saffron, cinnamon and other spices send a signal to your brain that something unusual is about to happen. You are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Marrakesh
517 South Leithgow St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 925-5929

Buddakan

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Restaurant

Buddakan Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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This trendy addition to the Philly restaurant scene features contemporary Asian creations served family style in somewhat dramatic surroundings which include a 10 foot gold Buddha and glass-encased waterfall. The menu is truly creative but not daunting and there are choices to appeal to the even the most traditional of diners. The fun part is that your choices are served, one at a time, in a family style manner that allows each guest to sample what others have ordered in a tasteful and dignified manner. The entrees, while pricey, even allowed enough to take home. The Angry Lobster (excellent), Wasabi-crusted Filet-Mignon and Lobster Fried Rice were most memorable. Dont ask me about desserts-they...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2002

Buddakan
325 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 574 9440

Betzwood Trail Biking

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Attraction | "From Valley Forge to Philadelphia Art Museum"

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The ride starts out under a nice canopy of trees from Betzwood Trail in Valley Forge Park, through Port Indian, Norristown, Conshohocken, Manayunk, Fairmount Park and ending at the Philadelphia Art Museum. You are following a converted "Rails to Trails" path along the Schulykill River as it travels east into the City of Brotherly Love. High points are all places EXCEPT the the first mile in and out of Norristown. You lose the heavy shade for a mile or so and the odor of the waste treatment plant can be a little funky in mid-summer. It only takes a minute or two to get through this section and the rest is easy riding. It is a flat, paved level path. You can make the trip one way and arrange for som...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 2, 2002

Betzwood Trail Biking
Valley Forge National Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19406
(610) 783-1077

Philadelphia Marathon

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Attraction | "Philadelphia Marathon-new pix-2004"

Philadelphia Marathon Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The Philadelphia Marathon is traditionally run on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is made up of several thousand runners from all over the WORLD who come to test their skills on this 26 mile loop. Because of the interesting and varied scenery it is a popular run that even beginners have been able to complete with decent times on their first marathons. There are not any terribly steep hills and there is a "turnaround" in the town of Manayunk. Crowds throng along the Schulykill River in this "tres chic" little outpost of the city and the runners receive much encouragement to continue on the remaining six or so miles from this point. Thumbs down- 'Right to Life' protestors who posted hu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 29, 2002

Philadelphia Marathon
1515 Arch St, 12th Floor (office)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
+1 215 685 0054

Reading Terminal Market

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Attraction

Reading Terminal Market Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Since the Reading Terminal Market is too large to adequately cover in one journal entry, I'll just cover restaurants in this one. The Market started in the 1800s when farmers came to town to sell produce, meat,etc... It's conveniently located right across from the Market St. Train Station and subway entrance. If you enter on Filbert St., the best bet is to head to the far left and start your tour there. First row at left(12th St.side) includes The Rib Stand, a real down-home spot for ribs and roasted potatoes. Then there's Pearl's Oyster Bar, one of my favorite stops. It's always crowded as the oysters and seafood are fresh and delicious and give you a real taste of Philly. The next row finds ano...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Reading Terminal Market
12th And Arch Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 922 2317

Reading Terminal Market

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Attraction | "Reading Terminal Part 2."

Reading Terminal Market Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Besides restaurants the Reading Terminal Market also has a myriad of small stands where you can purchase fresh food items to take home and put together your own gourmet meal. I recommend bringing a cooler,with ice and a large, sturdy shopping bag. Get a map when you first walk in and if you're with a group, pick a common meeting spot (a good place is the big stone pig, Philbert, near center. For fresh produce you have choices among Asian,Italian, Pennsylvania Dutch and several organic stands.Each one has a little something different to offer. For bread that tastes as good as that in New York, try Le Bus or Metropolitan Bakery...a little pricey but worth it. Don't leave without stoppin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Reading Terminal Market
12th And Arch Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 922 2317

Italian Market

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Attraction | "Tour the Famous 9th Street Italian Market"

Italian Market Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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This area has been known traditionally as the "Italian" market for years,but you will surprisingly find many of today's vendors of the Asian persuasion. Which just goes to show that quality meats,produce,etc... have no cultural boundaries. One of the hottest stops on any tour of the Italian Market is DiBruno Brothers cheeses. This family owned and operated business still maintains the "old-world" quality and is full of the traditional Italian smells and tastes you may crave. Vendors will let you taste-test a cheese before buying, but you can easily walk out of there with a WHOLE LOT OF CHEESE!!! It all tastes great! Another excellent place for true Italian delicacies is "Talluto's." This place r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2002

Italian Market
700-1100 South 9th St (9th Street between Christian and Wharton streets)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Pennsylvania Convention Center

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Attraction | "Philadelphia International Car Show-2004"

Pennsylvania Convention Center Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Well. . . there are a lot of cars, an awful lot of cars. And a lot of people: babies, toddlers, crumb-crushers, curtain-climbers, rug rats, and an assortment of every other age of child imaginable. Most of them were crying or whining. I felt their pain. If you are not totally in love with cars in general (like my husband) and have no interest in them other than that they get you to your next destination with a minimum of fuss (like me), you will find it an hour or so of SHEER TORTURE. On the other hand, if you love sitting in cars and developing an "ass-memory" for the ones you like best, go right ahead and be my guest. You will love it. The fourth floor (the most crowd...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 15, 2004

Pennsylvania Convention Center
One Convention Center Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 418 4700

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Leave behind the "roar of the madding crowd" and take a 40 minute drive outside of Philadelphia on Route 73 (Skippack Pike) to the one of the quaintest little shopping villages in the state... Skippack. Once a stop on the 1900's rural trolley route, it is now restored Victorian village filled with charming little shops, restaurants, art galleries, etc... It's the perfect spot for a day of browsing off the beaten path. Creativity and craftsmanship are two of the hallmarks that shopowners in the town must convey with their shops. This is not a typical "tourist-trap" type souvenir spot. Many shops are tiny and are tucked into renovated 18th and 19th century buildings, homes, barns, etc... Ther...Read More