Monday, January 27, 2014

50 States: Pennsylvania - Philadelphia In The East...

Pennsylvania is a big state. It's got Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west, and as James Carville once described it, Alabama in the middle. I will get to all three regions in my photo tour of the 50 States, but this post focuses on Philadelphia. Philly, as I suppose I'm not supposed to call it, is a Big City. Eclipsed by New Your City just up I-95, it has a bit of a inferiority complex, but it has a lot going for it. One of the institutions that keeps taking us there over and over again is the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This huge complex has an amazing permanent collection as well as wonderful traveling shows. And while it as a lot of everything, I particularly like the Impressionist and Modernist Wing.

We are often in Philadelphia on Saturdays where the brides come out in droves for wedding photos at or around the PMA.

Philadelphia also has an amazing dining scene. There are too many places for the traveler to ever get to. One of the most beautiful restaurants is 10 Arts which is in the lobby of a bank which has been converted to a luxury hotel.

Even on smaller scales, there are places like Village Whiskey where all the food and drinks are made from their 100+ bottle deep bar.

And that isn't even mentioning the cheesesteaks. Beyond Pat's and Geno's, there are dozens of other places. My favorite is Tony Luke's whose signature sandwich is the Roast Pork With Rabe, which I will pit against a traditional cheesesteak any time.
And of course, Philadelphia has history. Lots and lots of history. Like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall (here in scaffolding).

Philadelphia is a great town for food, for history, and for culture. Visit if you can.

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