Philadelphia Journals

Dead Guides Walking

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An August 2005 trip to Philadelphia by kjlouden

Independence Park Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Four days, three guides, and four good-natured "guests"--add more walking tours than any sensible person ought to plan with a 103°F heat index, and you get... an exciting Igo weekend in Philly! We explore every street and alley in the historic center--and meet IgoUgo friends, too.

Dead Guides Walking

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Overview

Independence Park Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I feel steam shimmering up from the tremulous sidewalk. The evening news reports that the heat index in Philly is 103°F. Periodically, we lumber heavily into restrooms for paper towels to wipe sweat from our faces, necks, and chests. I’m nauseous (can’t think of food, so that excuse for air-conditioning eludes me) and too miserable to process information. Nevertheless, this history show must go on! It’s Friday. We’re meeting guide zabelle and hubby Al tonight, and I want to be able to tell her that we’ve seen the sights she has recommended at Independence Park. We visit those five exhibits, plus see a few blocks south and east of the park before we stop. We’re ...Read More

Constitutional Walking Tours

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Attraction | "The Constitutional Walking Tour"

Constitutional Walking Tours Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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This mother of walking tours has its own website here. I print the tour and take it with me. It’s too long for one day, especially for anyone who intends to go inside and visit the 33 sites listed, plus the other 13 "steps off the tour" suggestions. I don’t intend to walk this route from beginning to end, but save it until the last day and use it to fill in where our other tours have neglected to go. On Monday, we’re glad we have it. We have only 4 hours before we leave for the airport. We walk down Arch Street to Betsy Ross House, stop number 24 on The Constitutional. Then we work our way backward to stops 23-20: ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 20, 2005

Constitutional Walking Tours
Independence Visitors Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lights of Liberty

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Attraction

Lights of Liberty Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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A blimey rascal seems to be breathing down my neck. As he chuckles menacingly, hissing threats in my ear in three-dimensional sound, he’s a little spooky! Realistic? So it seems--so realistic that it can be distracting, a little too engaging. I have to remember to look up at the light images projected on the sides of historic buildings. Narration by Walter Cronkite, Charlton Heston, Ossie Davis, and Whoopi Goldberg is accompanied by sound effects produced at Skywalker Sound. The musical score is played by the Philadelphia Orchestra. It’s the first ambulatory production of its kind. We get large, padded headphones, check the gift shop, and meet our group at PECO Energy Liberty...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2005

Lights of Liberty
600 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 542-3789

Candlelight Walking Tour of Society Hill

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Story/Tip

Our Guide Erika Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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We meet Erika at the Welcome Park at Second and Walnut--or, more accurately, across the street from City Tavern. Reservations aren’t necessary, so anyone with nothing to do on a Saturday evening can simply show up at 6:30pm, pay $5, and take the tour by Centipede Tours. Its greatest limitation is that nobody has any idea how large the group will be until the tour starts, and large groups make for difficulty hearing the guide. There are only nine of us, but our guide speaks very softly. Yes, Erika is a very sweet lady, but I wish she had the voice of Robin Williams! I wear myself out two-steppi...Read More

An IgoUgo Rendezvous

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Aren't They Cute? Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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David and I have only to ride the elevator up to the next floor to meet zabelle and Al. When the door opens, we are glad to see each other! Even Al and David seem like old friends. Their room is a suite, so we get comfortable in the seating area while two of zabelle’s famous "hooligans" in the bedroom act like normal, but good kids, proving that their grandmother’s epithet is absolutely the only label she has ever used that might be a tad misleading! With everything else she says, I have to agree. We talk about our different itineraries for the weekend, other travel, family backgrounds, work experiences, and friends--and talk for ninety minutes until we must leave for the...Read More