Posts Tagged ‘philladelphia’

Big Bells

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Did you know it’s customary to throw a penny on the grave of Benjamin Franklin (“a penny saved is a penny earned” fame)?

Or poorly cast coins are called “waffles” at the Phillie Mint?

Or that the Rhode Island delegation never showed up at Constitution Hall because their state didn’t fund the trip?

Or that Geno’s Phillie cheesesteak sandwich is better Pat’s, though Pats originated the famous meal in 1937 (author’s opinion)?

Or that the Rocky Balboa statue has been moved from the top of the steps to the foot of them and over under a tree because it’s a movie prop, not an icon?

Or that I got to attend the first NON-sell out Phillie baseball game they’ve had in over 2 years (because they are playing so poorly)?

AND the bell cracked being rung in honor of George Washington’s 100th anniversary of his birthday in 1846.

Well there is so much to learn in Philadelphia (our nation’s capitol for the first 10 years) that my brain can hardly hold it all.

Rocky Balboa: Philadlephia Icon

Monday, October 19th, 2009

DSC03825In 1983 ,with the advent of the first of many  “Rocky” movies, a statue of Stallone, (as the character Rocky Balboa,) was placed atop the art museum steps. It stood for many things, but most of all triumph over great odds.  But the city fathers decided, in 2007,that the statue was not art and was moved from the top of the steps with its view of the city, to a grassy mound at the bottem right of the steps. The steps, still a challenge to ascend, are still the site of people and athletes using them to represent their own victories, and many are seen posing in the “Rocky- the victor-pose.”

Reading Marketplace

Monday, October 19th, 2009

DSC03821I tasted the ultimate – the Macaroni and Cheese at Delilah’s in the Reading Marketplace. Oprah rates it #1, and it was pretty good tho’ pricey. ($5 for a dixie cup) Steve had a Phillie Cheesesteak. The Marketplace is indoors and been on this spot since before the birth of our country.  Good eats!

Phreezing In Phillie

Monday, October 19th, 2009

peoplemagPhiladelphia; City of Brotherly Love – not judging by our first taxicab driver. And don’t think that pedestrians have the right of way either!  The seasons are starting to change, but not as far along as I thought they would be, tho’ our time in the countryside has been minimal .  The cold and rain of the first few days have just served to remind us how challenging , and fun honest to goodness weather can be. Steve has had to put in 9hour days working the Rheumatology Convention(20thousand attendees) while I get to play. I went to Constitution Hall and enjoyed a live presentation of “We the People” and other displays. And then I did the female thing, and went to the Princess Diana exhibit…her dresses and bridal gown,etc.  It was the reliving of a tragic fairy tale. Lots of walking and then an evening with the senior Wilts. The city has Phillie Phever too! Great Phun!!DSC03836