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Phunky Philadelphia

A June 2000 trip to Philadelphia by naomi

Quote: A trip down memory lane from a native describes what's new and/or different about the so-called "City of Brotherly Love."

Phunky Philadelphia

Overview

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Eat a cheese steak, watch the nighttime light show at Independence Square and interact with the actors who portray historical figures (I always try to get them out of character and haven't tripped one up yet--maybe you will!)Quick Tips: Don't get into any police confrontations--kidding! This city has recently been the focus of police misconduct--but trust me, it's still not as bad as when King, I mean Mayor Frank Rizzo was in office. There's still plenty of reasons to visit. Give me a minute and I'll think of them...Best Way To Get Around: There's a special tourist trolley (really a bus) called the Philly Phlash--that makes a zillion stops and usually has an informed, friendly tour g...Read More
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I'm kind of a hotel snob, meaning, I hate noise that comes from outside my room. That said, I requested a 'high up' floor (still in my New York-frame of mind) away from traffic sounds. The desk clerk looked at me like I was nuts (then I realized this was PHILADELPHIA, where the streets roll up after 6 or so) but I was accomodated, to the 6th floor, away from the streets. Except no one mentioned that THEY PUT ME FACING THE PLACE WHERE THEY COLLECT GARBAGE AT 2:18 A.M. (digital clock) so I was awakened and, naturally, couldn't get back to sleep. Other than that, the room was fine.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 21, 2000

Sheraton Rittenhouse Square an Environmental Hotel
18TH AT LOCUST STREET
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
215-546-9400

Sansom Street Oyster House

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Restaurant

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This is THE fish restaurant to check out. It's where the locals go for lunch and if you're an oyster maven, this is the place for you. (I can't stand them, but took my niece, who was in shell-fish nirvana). It's fantastically fresh, and I loved the chowder and crab dishes. (No fillers used here, thank you.) The atmosphere is frenetic, the service is ok, but you come here for the food, not to befriend a waitress.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2000

Sansom Street Oyster House
1516 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
215-567-7683

Zanzibar Blue

Attraction | "Zanzibar Blue Jazz Club"

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This is a great jazz club, not only because it serves great food, but because people don't smoke here! You can enjoy the music without killing your lungs! The night I was there, The Brian Blade Fellowship played and the house went crazy because this was an amazing band--it tours, so be on the look-out for it in the big cities. And the parents of the bass player were there, beaming with pride. It was a great time and no one hassled me because I was by myself. That's extremely important to female travel writers who often travel alone. You ladies know what I mean.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2000

Zanzibar Blue
200 South Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
+1 215 732 4500

Adolf Biecker Salon

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Attraction | "Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon"

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This is what I'd do if I had lots of money: stay here all day. This is the best getting-away-from-it-all kind of experience I love to indulge in. And frankly, I've been in a few spas and had a number of massages (some wonderful, some horrible) and the full-body massage I experienced here was sublime. A local celebrity himself, Michael 'my' masseuse, has an extraordinary gift of tactile sensitivity and knowledge, probably heightened because he's blind. You read right. Blind, as in, sightless. It's probably more comfortable for people who are queasy about being buck naked (covered with a sheet, of course) and manually manipulated to work out the kinks of daily life as they manifest on the tendons, nerve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2000

Adolf Biecker Salon
210 W Rittenhouse sq
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
(215) 735-6404

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I grew up in suburban Philadelphia and used to go downtown (that's what we called it) when I was bored. It's changed considerably, mostly for the better. The streets are cleaner, the stores are funkier (especially on South Street) and even though it will never come close to New York, like my father-in-law is wont to say, '...it's got its good points and its bad points.' He says that about everything. But the current notoriety (the 'Big Brother' exile from Philly who mislead the public about his Black Panther past; the cops beating a suspect caught on tape, and the fatal collapse of a local pier) not to mention the upcoming Republican Convention, has put this much-maligned city in the nation's spotligh...Read More