Tag Archives: Philadelphia

Postcard from City Hall, Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s City Hal is a behemoth of a masonry complex and is an impressive part of the city’s skyline. Look closely, that’s a statue of William Penn on the top. The building is listed as a National Historic Landmark.

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Bruce Springsteen Exhibit Hits Philadelphia

Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen

How did I miss this? I keep up on the latest in museums and exhibitions around the country, and somehow managed to miss that a Bruce Springsteen exhibition opens tomorrow, February 17th – but this somehow passed me by until just now. Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center, a preeminent history museum, is hosting (and is the […]

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Philadelphia Freedom: Visiting the Liberty Bell Center

The Liberty Bell Philadelphia Independence National Park

With its historical significance and message of freedom, a visit to see the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia will be on most history buffs travel list.  The Liberty Bell is one of the iconic symbols of the American Revolutions, and since then has served as a symbol of independence, freedom, and liberty. The bell was originally […]

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Rocky Balboa, Art & Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art at Night

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is as important to the City of Brotherly Love as it was to boxer Rocky Balboa, the unlikely here of the movie Rocky and its sequels.  Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, trained for his first big fight by running up the steps of the museum.  While a visit to the […]

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Philadelphia’s New Year’s Day Mummers Parade

Oh to be a Mummer, now that New Year’s is almost here! This is the 103rd year for Philadelphia’s New Year’s Day Mummers Parade, and this is one of those festivities that sound like so much fun.  I’m hoping that a few of my Philly readers chime in here and let me know if it’s […]

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A Weekend in Philadelphia

Earlier this month, I spent a weekend in Philadelphia. I had never been there before, and it was a visit that I looked forward to. As I planned for the trip, I mentioned to friends that I was going, and asked what they thought I should see and do while I was there. There were […]

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Philly Noir – An African American Culture Tour of Philadelphia

I have an upcoming trip planned to Philadelphia, and was going through my resources trying to get ideas about where to stay, what to do and see, and, of course, what and where to eat. I noticed that Sound About Philly has added a new walking and podcast tour, this one called Philly Noir.  It’s […]

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Philadelphia's New Year's Mummers Parade

For those readers who’ll be in Philadelphia over the New Year, you won’t want to miss the 102nd New Year’s Day Mummers Parade. So who are the Mummers?  The forerunners appear to date back to 400 B.C. and the Roman Festival of Saturnalia.  In that era, Latin laborers marched in masks through a day of […]

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Spend Halloween in Prison: "Terror Behind the Walls"

It’s been fun discovering and researching all the events going on during the Halloween season.  Some are just plain fun, while others are scary, unique, or just plain odd. Here’s one from Philadelphia: Does the thought of going to prison terrify you?  I know it does me, and I’ve actually spent time teaching adult education […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco

It seems like everyone thinks about romance in February, but once Valentine’s Day passes, it romance gets short shrift. One […]

You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]