Philadelphia Journals

Monsters and Alice in Wonderland- Philadelphia, the Bibliophile Tour

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A September 2006 trip to Philadelphia by Saphira

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Quote: Let me lift the veil of secrecy and introduce you to Philadelphia, the bibliophile tour. Just promise you won’t all go there at once and that you will keep the information to yourself.

Monsters and Alice in Wonderland- Philadelphia, the Bibliophile Tour

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"Wait here," said our tour guide as she slipped past us into the dark room. I stood in the stark white entrance with excited anticipation."You may enter now," she motioned with a childlike smile. Slowly I entered the room and there they were, staring down at my small stature with a most hungry, greedy expression. I imagined that they would jump out from their guardlike positions and swallow me in one bite. After all, they are monsters.I love books. Most girls love jewelry or flowers, but give me a good book any day. I fall in love with them. I love visiting new places and meeting new characters that I sometimes get to know as though they were my friends. Whatever my problems ar...Read More

Franklin Fountain

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Restaurant | "The Franklin Fountain"

Franklin Fountain Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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On a crisp fall day, I embarked on a leisurely walk around Philadelphia. Suddenly something caught my attention. It was a smell, and not just any smell, the smell of freshly baked waffles. In a Toucan Sam like trance, I began to follow my nose until I came upon the source of the delightful aroma, The Franklin Fountain.Located at 116 Market St., The Franklin Fountain boasts itself as an ice cream saloon. Soda jerks dressed in crisp white shirts, bow ties, and hats serve up old school ice cream treats amidst an atmosphere filled with antiques. I perused the menu, which contained an extensive array of expertly created sodas, milkshakes, and ice cream indulgences. The ice cream is homemade and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2007

Franklin Fountain
116 Market St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(215) 627-1899

Audrey Claire

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Restaurant

Audrey Claire Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I couldn’t help but revel for a moment in the wonderful colors: vibrant red, bright yellow, deep purple, and earthy green. Who knew there could be such artistic admiration involved in looking at a plate of food?After breathing in the smell of old books at the Rosenbach Museum, I was quite ready to breathe in the smell of some good food. Since the weather on this particular fall day was so ideal, I decided to take a walk and see which of the numerous restaurants in the area would catch my fancy. Not far from the museum, I was taken in by the sight of my favorite flower. There resting on the windowsills of a small corner eatery were large vases full of big, bright sunflowers. That was when I mad...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 12, 2007

Audrey Claire
276 South 20th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 731-1222

Book Trader

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Attraction | "The Book Trader"

Book Trader Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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There is nothing more enjoyable for me than whiling a day away in Barnes and Noble. Clean, organized shelves display the newest releases, and tasty lattes await me just a few steps away. A few times a year however, a deep yearning overtakes me. A yearning for dusty shelves, literary chaos, and books I’ve never heard of but know I can’t live without. When I am in this state of mind, I go straight to The Book Trader, where finding “the” book is an adventure.The Book Trader in Philadelphia is located at 7 N. 2nd St., off of Market Street. As the name implies, you are welcome to come bearing your unwanted literature. Through some mysterious system your books will be inspected and awarded monetary ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2007

Book Trader
7 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
(215) 925-0511

Free Library of Philadelphia

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Attraction | "Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department"

Free Library of Philadelphia Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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My footsteps echoed as I made my way across the meticulously shined marble floor. I was trying to remember what the little blurb I read said. I was anxious. I’m not sure if travel writers are supposed to be social, but I am not social. People make me nervous and asking strangers questions, and not knowing how they will react, makes me very nervous. My idea was that I was embarking on something secret and forbidding, so I was treading very carefully.“Excuse me,” I said to the guard, barley above a whisper. “Could you tell me how to get to the rare book department?”“Sure,” he blurted, proceeding to give the instructions in a rather loud and boisterous tone. I guess it’s not such a secret...Read More

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 686-5322

Rosenbach Museum and Library

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Attraction | "The Rosenbach Museum"

Rosenbach Museum and Library Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The fallen leaves rustled down the residential street lined with well-maintained brick exteriors, which echoed wealth. We were not quite sure we were in the right place. The street did not look like a museum belonged on it. There was nothing to make you think this was an area tourists should be wandering about, and then suddenly at the end of the street was a sign, a sign with a monster on it, and I knew that we had indeed found The Rosenbach Museum.The moment we walked through the doors, a woman jumped up to greet us."Welcome to the Rosenbach, are you here for the tour?" We nodded yes."Oh, well it’s a good thing you came today, it’s Tuesday and so that means the to...Read More

Rosenbach Museum and Library
2010 DeLancey Place
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
+1 215 732 1600