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A July 2008 trip to Philadelphia by zabelle

Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: If you think Philadelphia is only about Independance Hall and the Liberty Bell, think again. With our granddaughter in tow we hit some unusual spots.

Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

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Hotel | "Luxury at a Budget Price-Marriott Courtyard"

Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I was looking for a great location in Philadelphia and also a great price. The beautifully restored Courtyard by Marriott filled the bill in every way. It is a gorgeous 1926 building that is listed on the National Register of Historic places, with all the charm that anyone could ask for. The lobby is luxurious and if you are thirsty there are two glass containers of iced drinks available all day. This is a large hotel all of 18 stories with 498 room and suites. There are two sets of beautiful brass elevators one at each end of the building. This was a first time stay for us at this location. When I began looking for a place to stay it seemed s if all the hotels were just too e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 14, 2008

Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
21 NORTH JUNIPER ST
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
215-496-3200

Annex Grille & Lounge (The)

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Restaurant | "A Hotel Restaurant with Style"

Annex Grille & Lounge (The)  Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Located on the Lobby level of the Courtyard by Marriott Restaurant this is a casual bar and grill that serves three meals a day. It is a combination of Federal style with cloth covered chairs with medallions and ultra modern with blue and silver candles and cobalt blue glass wear on the tables.Breakfast is a buffet. You have the choice of having the full buffet or just the Continental. Since Jeanna ate a banana and a bagel they didn’t charge us for her. Al and I had a full buffet. We began with coffee and orange juice and then Al had an omelet made to order and I had a Belgian waffle. There are lots of choices both ways for what you would like in or with it. On the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2008

Annex Grille & Lounge (The)
21 N Juniper Street
Philadelphia 19107
(215) 496-3200

Walnut Street Theatre

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Attraction | "Walnut Street Theatre: Intimate and Historic "

Walnut Street Theatre Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The main reason I decided to go to Philadelphia at this particular time was to see Les Miz one more time. I have walked by the Walnut Street Theater many times but I have never attended a production there before. Dating from 1809 the Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest theatre in America, having been in continuous operation since then. It has been designated a historic landmark and is also the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania. With over 50,000 season ticket holders it is the most subscribed theatre in the world. You will be in very good company seeing a show here since Thomas Jefferson, Groucho Marx and Bill Cosby have all visited the Walnut Street Theatre. F...Read More

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Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 574 3550

Mutter Museum

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Attraction | "Disturbingly Informative Mutter Museum"

Mutter Museum Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The sign in front of the building claims the collection is "disturbingly informative" and it certainly is just that. I was very surprised at how popular this museum was, it was packed with people and it isn’t exactly in the middle of the action. This was Jeanna’s favorite of everything that we did this weekend. Usually you would think that boys would be more into all these gruesome and truly gross things that are on display here but obviously when it comes to teens the gross gene affects both sexes.We began by looking at small cases that flank the inner opening of the room. These cases document the most famous sets of conjoined twins. There were many more than I was aware of. For instance ...Read More

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Mutter Museum
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
+1 215 563 3737 ext.

Rosenbach Museum and Library

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Attraction | "The Rare and Unusual Rosenbach Museum"

Rosenbach Museum and Library Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The Rosenbach brother Abraham and Samuel were the premier rare book collectors of their day and from the depth of this collection maybe of any time. What you will visit here are a pair of town houses that the brothers bought and lived in during their life time. The library was set up by them with the books that they actually kept.Right now and for a year to come they are hosting a Maurice Sendak Exhibit. It may very well be the same one that was in New York at the Jewish Museum a couple of years ago, What this exhibit shows us the inner workings of Maurice’s mind and why he drew the things he drew. Along with exhibits of his work there are live interviews with him on a variety of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2008

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

Haunted Trolley Tour

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Attraction | "I'm Haunted by the Memory of the Haunted Trolley Tour"

Haunted Trolley Tour Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I love taking a ghost tour. We have taken several over the years in Quebec, Savannah, Boston and now we were all set to take one in Philadelphia. There are several choices, you can take a walking tour but I decided that in case my knee was bothering me we would be better off taking the Trolley Tour.I ordered our tickets online. $28 each. A little pricey but I knew that it was something tht Jeanna was looking forward to. I began to have my doubts when we arrived in front of the Bourse at 7:30pm and there were no signs of any kind. I finally questioned some of the other people waiting there to find out if they were waiting for the Ghost tour and yes they were so at least I knew we were waiti...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 14, 2008

Haunted Trolley Tour
111 S. Independence Mall

(215) 413-7000

United States Mint

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Attraction | "A Penny for your Thoughts on the US Mint"

United States Mint Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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The first mint in the United States was founding in 1792 in Philadelphia. The cornerstone was laid by Dr. David Rittenhouse. There has been a Mint in Philadelphia ever since though the location has changed slightly.Visiting the mint is free. Be warned though, if you have a camera you will not be allowed in the building. There are no lockers to store your camera so someone from your party will have to remain outside. Now we all understand security but since we were allowed to carry in our cell phones most of which have cameras. So Al had to wait outside keeping my two cameras company.Jeanna and I went inside, we walked through the metal detector and had our telephones ex-rayed...Read More

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United States Mint
151 North 6th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 408 0114