I made a day trip to the City of Brotherly Love last Friday. It was my first time in Philly in over 15 years. I had lunch with a friend who works in the Center City area and after lunch I took a walk around a few of the neighborhoods near the iconic City Hall. I was very impressed by how clean the city was and found the contrasting architectural styles very interesting. The city has a mix of well preserved very old buildings and gleaming new skyscrapers that work well together. The Center City area is also very walkable and in general I found the atmosphere very friendly. I hope to return to Philly fairly soon. There is a lot more I want to see there.
I took the Bieber Tourways Bus down to Philadelphia from Bethlehem. The bus drops you off right on the Market St. Bridge, right near the 30th St. Station, which is where Amtrak and a variety of commuter trains stop. From this location it is any easy 10 to 15 minute walk right down Market into Center City.
Now here is something I came to miss while I was living out in SoCal, the classic Newsstand. You simply don’t see these types of Newsstands in downtown San Diego and Los Angeles. In major NE cities such as Philadelphia and New York they are ubiquitous.