Nanook of the North – Philly Day 4

Posted: March 8, 2015 in Travel

Missing the press deadline I did duck out to Betsy Ross House – she wasn’t home – and Elfreth’s Alley late yesterday while the weather was so great. Speaking of which , it dawned tres nice again with the promise of a couple of extra degrees. Could be time to remove one layer but let’s test the waters first

So Philly is never dull. Last night Jim’s Steaks just around the corner where I had lunch yesterday was robbed, including diners. Then today on my first bus ride the bus slid on the ice and ended up 45 degrees across the intersection, luckily no incoming traffic. It was an interesting ride all round. The stop is near a church and for some reason in a Saturday it was doing a roaring trade at 07:45. The bus pulls up past the stop and at the lights to align with a break in the snow and ice for the elderly group of Asians on board. The bus driver made this clear several times but was pulling her hair out as they got off, walked back along street and tried to cross through ice and snow where stop was ! have to say will be surprised if Segway goes ahead tomorrow as roads still seem very dangerous. Meanwhile, on such a nice morning and dropped off near City Hall it was time to walk the

No one waved at me. First up was Reading Terminal Market which was fairly typical of these places although thought the eating options for a decent meal were limited. Had a nice coffee at Elixer Coffee a few blocks away later on and then headed to Jeweller’s row which looked like a bit of a dive. Most stores seemed more interested in buying gold then selling jewellery. One thing Philly does very well for street walkers ( no, not that kind) are the directional posts for both sights of interest and also a 10 minute walking circle – great idea. Ended up around Independence Hall so may as well check out the free stuff. 2015 Update – the Liberty bell is still cracked and Ben is still dead. Move on.

Some successful gift purchases for the grandkiddies and a very pleasant lunch at the City Tavern meant it was time to head home and rest up before tonight’s Philly on Tap tour. Beer may be involved I believe. Let’s watch some golf and grown men making fools of themselves. I need inspiration.

Good tour with a small group. First stop MCGillins was going off big time in some sort of early St Paddys Day rage. Too loud and crowded really. Followed by Foodery which was good and then third choice was another Sports Bar we walked out of and ended up at The Black Sheep for last beer and some snacks. Then one of the group started a shout! Luckily it stopped after my return serve and stumbled home on the 30 minute walk somehow. Great night all round

Before I sign off Happy 30 th Birthday to my beautiful daughter Jasna. She may be 31 by now, don’t really understand this time difference thing and just for fun they throw in Daylight Saving tonight .

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