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A March 2006 trip to Philadelphia by zabelle

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Philly Phood and Phun

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One of my favorite views Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia has become one of my very favorite cities to visit. I visited three times in 2005, and this is my first visit of 2006. What brought me to Philadelphia at this time was seeing Les Miz at the Forrest Theater. Billed as its final visit to Philly this was a very fine production of Victor Hugo’s classic work. I purchased the final two tickets to the Saturday 2pm matinee. We were in row P of the balcony and there isn’t a row Q. In spite of being in the last row of the nose bleed section, we were fully able to appreciate the drama and the redemption playing out in front of us. Forrest Theater" is located on Walnut street between 11th and 12th. It is an attractive building but I wi...Read More

Beau Monde

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Restaurant

Beau Monde Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Breakfast on Sunday morning in Philadelphia is a very popular meal. Using Philadelphia Today as our guide we tried to visit two of the top ten restaurants listed. We ended up driving in circles looking for parking. We finally gave up and were ready to head for the highway home.I got out my trusty guide Philadelphia Today and found that there was a third restaurant from the top 10 list Beau Monde that was close enough for us to give it a try. Luckily we found parking on 6th Street about a block and half from the restaurant. It was a safe and easy walk. We arrived at about 10:30am, and were given a table for two, right in front of the fireplace. By 11am the p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Beau Monde
624 S 6th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
(215) 592-0656

Copabanana

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Restaurant

Copabanana Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Copa, Copa Banana, the hottest spot north of oops that Cabana not Banana anyway this still might just be the place they are singing about. Located on South Street, where we all know all the hippies meet, this is a hot spot for lunch in an area of hot restaurants.We arrived at 2pm and it was loud, lively, and pretty well-packed with people. It was St. Pattys day, so maybe that explained it, but it was really hopping in there until just about 3pm. We were seated almost immediately, though having to walk through the bar, which is smoking (and was very smoky), was not a pleasant experience. If you are lucky, you will get a window seat and be able to have a Paris-like people watching experi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Copabanana
344 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19149
+1 215 923 6180

Dutch Eating Place

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Restaurant

Dutch Eating Place Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Food, glorious food.... when you enter the Reading Terminal Market you will be overwhelmed by all the smells and the sounds. You will want to stop and get in line at the Metropolitan Bakery, resist the urge. Take a right and head toward the west. The line waiting to be seated should tell you where the Dutch Eating Place is.There are two diner-style counters, shaped like U's. No matter how long the line is it will move quickly. The menu is posted on a board at the takeout counter so you can plan ahead. They offer the usual breakfast items, eggs, omelets, French toast, and pancakes, with a few uniquely Pennsylvania Dutch additions.We waited less than 5 minutes on a Saturday morni...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Dutch Eating Place
Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
(215) 922-0425

Upstairs at Varalli

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Upstairs at Varalli Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Upstairs at Varalli is located upstairs from Sotto Varalli, a restaurant I visited last year and greatly enjoyed. I was looking forward to my visit on St. Patrick’s Day. When we arrived we were told that the restaurant would not be open on Friday evening but would be open on Saturday. They share a menu with Sotto Varalli, and since I had planned to eat at Sotto on Saturday we just switched the nights.Friday evening I tried the lobster ravioli, which were fantastic. Al had the fish and chips, and they were also a big hit. Saturday we were ready to have a dining experience. The restaurant has windows on two sides so you have great views of Locust and of Broad Street. The Kimmel Center is loc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Upstairs at Varalli
1345 Locust Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 546-4200

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

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Attraction

Pennsylvania  Academy of Fine Art Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Part of the charm of visiting the Academy is the building itself. Designed by Frank Furness and George Hewitt, the present building has housed the collection since 1876. It is Moorish in design and the deeper you travel into the building the more details you see. As you come up the main stairway you are drawn to the bright colored tiles and the soaring arches. There are some very interesting touches, the building was designed to be as fire proof as possible, to this end there are steel beams that the designer chose to leave exposed and work into his design. The galleries also have pocket doors that can be closed to seal off the rooms. The molding has a carved flower design. All the rooms have skylight...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
118 North Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 972-7600