Philadelphia is located half way between New York and Washington on the East coast of America with a population of about 1.5 million people.
Often called the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia played a major role in shaping modern day America. It was in this historic city back in 1776 that the founding fathers took the brave step of declaring independence from mother England which led to the War of Independence.
The most famous bell in the world, the Liberty Bell was cast in London in 1753 and then transported to Philadelphia. It is over 1 ton in weight, 13 feet in circumference and has a massive crack down one side of it. It’s the American symbol of independence and has become one of the most photographed attractions in the city.
Independence Hall was built in 1753 and is the place where the likes of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin all took part in lively debates and finally adopted the Declaration of Independence on the 4th July 1776 and later the Constitution of the United States of America. This historic hall is now a World Heritage site due to its importance and significance in shaping America.
The steps at the front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art were famous by Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky movies, as he runs up and down them before his boxing fights. Even today they are one of the top attractions in the city for tourists, who love to take photos of themselves running up the stairs, while singing “the eye of the tiger”. I would have done the same, if it was not for Craig.
Philadelphia has been the scene and backdrop of many movies over the years, a few of the more notable films includes Philadelphia with Tom Hanks and The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis.
A must have in Philadelphia is one of its dining delights, the Philly Cheese Steak. This foot long white roll is stuffed full of thinly sliced beef, fried onions and as much melted cheese as possible, all heated up and served in bars, restaurants and by street vendors. It is truly a heart attack waiting to happen, that said Craig and I shared one and it was very tasty.
One of the highlights of our visit to Philadelphia was having lunch at the City Tavern. This historic tavern was built in 1772 and was used by many of the founding fathers as a place to relax, drink beer, eat and debate. Both John Adams (2nd President) and Thomas Jefferson (3rd President) were said to be regulars at the tavern. The City Tavern brings history alive as it incorporates foods and serving styles from the 1700 and 1800s with such delights as braised rabbit, turkey pot pie, Lobster pie and crab cake. All waiting staff are dressed in full costume adding to the atmosphere and charm of the tavern.
Philadelphia is not on most tourist itineraries when they come to America as it’s overshaded by the more popular cities of New York and Washington. However this hidden gem is well worth taking the time to visit, even if it’s only for a few days.