Let’s change our latitude, shall we? We will travel from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. If you’re staying on the East coast, you simply should visit the old American capital and the historic city of brotherly love – Philadelphia.
— Om Trips Blog (@omtripsblog) October 26, 2015
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Best time to visit: Each season
Notorious for: Historical and modern American city
You can visit the most important Philadelphia sights just for a day with good planning and no rush. Trust me! Once we decided to go I made the perfect plan. But let me tell you something first. Sorry, but the famous “Rocky steps” are not on our list. Perhaps I just lost a few readers, but c’est la vie… The reason is not that we do not like the movie, but jumping and running up the stairs Hollywood style…. and the statue of Sylvester Stallone (ok, right, of his movie character), who is still alive, are a bit too much for me if you know what I mean…
We took the bus early in the morning from Wildwood (like I mentioned in previous posts we spent four months there). It takes three hours to get to Philadelphia. We woke up quite early so I spent some time sleeping on the bus(my favorite combination – travel, and sleep).
The first thing on our list was The Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. This is a small town located directly across Philadelphia on the Delaware River. Camden and Philadelphia are in different states, but we are in U.S. and everything is so easy with the transportation. The two cities are connected by subway, water transport, etc. So, no worries!
I went to the bus driver and asked him to drop us at the Port Authority Transit in Camden as we would walk to Adventure Aquarium. He looked at me and asked: “Are you sure?”. “Yes, I am!” – I confirmed without hesitation, although the question sounded strange to me…
Well, a few minutes later we realized what actually the bus driver had asked us. Definitely, this itinerary was shorter but the neighborhood we found ourselves in bothered me a little. We went by some industrial buildings and I wanted to run away really quickly. Honestly!!!
After 15 minutes we reached the civilization – a.k.a The Aquarium. We saw the Delaware River, the skyscrapers on the other side, and then everything fell into place.
Travel Channel writes about the top aquariums across the U.S. and The Adventure Aquariums is one of the favorite ones (you can find more information here). We spent several hours there. It was fun, educational and very interactive. The American museums are such a great experience. Which is the top Aquarium on your list? Please share in the comment form below!
For a few hours, we felt like little kids but everything comes to an end. There are ferries which go from one side of the river to the other, but we didn’t have luck as the water transport wasn’t working that day. And guess what? We had to go back to Camden for catching the subway. “Again, really?!” – I thought. We crossed our fingers and went to the station. Then caught the subway and got to a fabulous metro station – a wonderful mall.
We found ourselves a few blocks away from the National Historical Park Independence, where the Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are situated. We didn’t have the chance to visit the Independence Hall because of some reconstructions. As a historian I felt the soul of this building – it was impressive. Statements, discussions and notable personalities and that luster of the past – irreplaceable!
Around noon, we were already thinking about the famous Philly Cheesesteak. Yummy! We didn’t even go to some special spot for authentic Philly Cheesesteaks but bought some on the street as they could be found everywhere. Sorry, we don’t have pictures of ourselves eating but in September 2010 Instagram wasn’t launched yet (This social media was launched in October 2010, one month later). But here’s one interesting video from http://www.visitphilly.com/
We had our lunch at Washington Square and we came across an interesting find – The Bicentennial Moon Tree. It was planted from a seed carried to the Moon by the astronaut Stuart A. Roosa. Love it!
It was time to go back to the streets of Philly and continue our walk. We passed through Chinatown.
And here we are at Dilworth Park which is more like a square to me. It doesn’t look like a real park at all as there aren’t green areas – maybe just a few trees. Anyway, let it be a park! In Dilworth Park is located the City Hall which was built in 1871-1901 and it’s the largest municipal building in the United States.
Right next to Dilworth Park are the JFK Plaza, the famous “LOVE” sculpture of Robert Indiana and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin Parkway is designed like the Champs-Elysees in Paris? It’s a place for annual parades and various city events. All the national flags are lined up on both sides there, a fact which also attracts many tourists.
We took a little break on a bench and for the first time in our lives, we saw a hummingbird <3 A fairytale! Here’s a challenge for you – find the hummingbird on the picture, xoxo.
It was time to catch the bus back to Wildwood. We had enough time to take some pictures and enjoy the night lights of the City of Brotherly Love.
This town was such a strange experience for us. We were so tired in a very strange way. Philadelphia is a mix of the past and the present, of old and new architecture. The city is a little bit chaotic and with a very different atmosphere from the other American cities. It left me with a feeling that I can’t quite put into words. All this on the streets of Philadelphia!
The last location – Greyhound Terminal! Goodbye, Philly!
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