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Phive for Philly

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A December 2005 trip to Philadelphia by zabelle

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Quote: Philadelphia makes the perfect location for another mini guide get-together. Three guides and two hubbies spend some quality time together.

Phive for Philly

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Any visit to Philadelphia should begin at the Visitors Center. There are two films that you can view at the center, as well as walls of displays. This is the place to book your ticket for Independence Hall and the house tours. It is important to arrive early in the day to secure tickets. Tours of the Todd House and Bishop White House were offered at 11am and 2pm and were limited to 10 persons per tour. As soon as you enter the Todd house, you understand why the tours are limited to such a small number. The 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Ben Franklin is f...Read More

New Market B&B￿

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Hotel | "New Market B&B"

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One thing I love about visiting Philly is getting acquainted with all the different neighborhoods. This time it was Society Hill, and it is a fascinating neighborhood to be situated in. New Market B&B is located on Lombard and only one block away from South Street. We were surrounded by an almost endless array of restaurants, cafes, and pubs to choose from, as well as banks and stores. One of a series of similar brick row houses, New Market is a haven of peace in an active neighborhood. Norma is the perfect hostess, willing to offer any advice that is required but also letting you have as much or as little space as you desire. She was more than willing to let us drop off our luggage ea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 15, 2005

New Market B&B￿
Lombard St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sotto Varalli

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Restaurant

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"Under the sea, under the sea"--I find myself singing this popular tune whenever I think about Sotto Varalli. It could be the giant squid that looks down on their beautiful bar, or maybe it’s the starfish lights hanging over the tables. I’m not sure, but I find myself breaking into song at the thought.This was the designated location of our get-together in Philadelphia with guides kjlouden and samlawali. I picked Sotto Varalli because I had purchased discounted gift certificate and this seemed the perfect opportunity to use them. As it turned out, it was located right across the street from samlawali’s hotel.We had reservations for 5:45pm and were greeted by the perky and smiling host...Read More

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Sotto Varalli
231 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 546-6800

South Street Diner

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Restaurant

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Having a restaurant that is open 24 hours a day is always a convenience, and we decided after our visit to the Society Hill Playhouse on Saturday night that it would make an easy and inexpensive dinner stop. Located in the 100 block of South Street, it was right around the corner from our B&B.The menu is very typically dinner: breakfast all day and meals that include two sides and a salad or soup. There were Greek specialties, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and desserts, all stick-to-your-ribs choices.Since it was freezing cold out, Karen and I wanted a cup of coffee to start. David got a soda and Al had just water. Since this is Philly, Al had a steak-and-cheese omelet and Dave ...Read More

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South Street Diner
140 South St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 627-5258

Franklin Court

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Attraction

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As we approach the beginning of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to revisit Franklin Court. It is very sad that none of his descendants wanted to keep the house that he shared here with his common-law wife Deborah and where his children William and Sally were raised. Given what an important inventor, politician, and statesman he was, it is hard to imagine that the city of Philadelphia didn’t step in and save the house, but it didn’t happen. All that remains today is a cistern and some foundation walls that can be viewed from the courtyard above through glass. I heard one of the park department docents telling some children that the house ...Read More

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Franklin Court
316-322 Market St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 597 8974

Todd House

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Attraction | "House Tour"

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There is a whole lot more to Independence Park than just Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. One of the things I have never done up until now is to take the tour of the Todd House and The Bishop White House. If you want to tour these houses, you have to plan ahead and get to the Visitor Center as soon as it opens at 8:30am. At this time of year, one tour begins at 11am and one at 2pm. There are only 10 people allowed on each tour, so you can see how imperative it is to be there early to guarantee a spot.The Todd House is located at Fourth and Walnut. It was the home of successful Philadelphia lawyer John Todd and his lively wife Dolly Paine. She, as it turned out, would be a lot more fam...Read More

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Todd House
401 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 597 8974