Recap: Philadelphia, PA - September 17th, 2021
Camera: Nikon Z5 // Nikkor 25-50 f/4.0
Earlier this month, my girlfriend and I head a wedding in York, Pennsylvania. From Providence, it was about a seven hour drive, which no matter how early or late you leave, seven hours is a long time in a car. Having the day off of work and no rush to be in York for Friday, we decided to take a detour for lunch, and swing by the City of Brotherly Love.
We only had about two hours to spare and there were three things I wanted to accomplish.
Have a Philly Cheesesteak from Jim's on South St. (Greater than Pat's and Geno's)
See the Liberty Bell in person
Visit Rocky Balboa
Happy to announce that all three occurred. Getting lunch was the first priority and Jim's did not disappoint. What is disappointing for the blog purposes was I didn't snag a photo of the cheesesteak. A 4.5/5 with over 9k ratings on Google, I would 100% agree with this take.
I've been to Philly before, but at a young age. I was really impelled to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. I am a HUGE history buff and the Revolutionary War era is something that just interests me a lot. The beginning of the US literally began here. Politics and views aside, it is literally the birthplace of America. Induvial my age stood outside to listen to Colonel John Nixon publicly read the Declaration of Independence, knowing that war was upon them but freedom was around the corner. Walking around Independence Park made me feel like I was in National Treasure and Hamilton.
It wouldn't be a trip to Philly without visiting Rocky. One of my all-time favorite movies, I grew up watching hours and hours of the series with my Dad. Rocky vs. Apollo. Rocky vs. Mr. T. Rocky vs. Drago. "It ain't over til it over". Mickey's death. Adrian's death. His return. I can go on for hours. I needed to take the iconic pic and visit the monument. Besides the hustlers trying to charge for photos, I was pretty hyped to make the visit. All-in-all, I lowkey love this city. The vibe was cool, it was easy to travel through, and the history and monuments were worth it. I'll definitely need to head over for a Giants/Eagles or Yankees/Phillies match up one day.
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