The first thing I noticed as I went into Philadelphia was its beautiful skyline. It is a very pretty city. The historic district is great. Of course the Liberty Bell is he highlight. If you want to see Independence Hall get there early because the tickets sell out fast, I unfortunately was not there early enough.
I also went to see the statue of Rockie at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Apparently there was a lot of controversy about that statue and it has been moved a number of time. It no longer sits at the top of the stairs (the museum didn't even want it there at all) but to the side. More entertaining then the statue is all the lops that come there, pose with the statue then have their girlfriends/wives take pictures of them while they run up and down the stairs, hilarious.
Philli is one tough city. I saw more homeless and nefarious people in the small time I was there then I have in any other city besides West Memphis. I know that it was in my best interest to be out of town by dark. I want to take a little time to rail against the turnpike system. First let me say you don't have to use them but if you want to go directly to your destination you pretty much have no choice. They charge you to drive on the freeway. Coming from California that is a very foreign concept. If you leave the turnpikes you, of course, have to pay so they have little stops where you can buy gas and other sundries. These "convenience stops" are convenient for the merchants! The cost of simple items is outrageous. I am sure locals are smart and just buy their stuff before they get on the turnpike. Imagine my consternation at having to pay $5 for a can of RedBull! Anyway live and learn. Today the Pirates then off to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More to come.