United States of America · 6 Days · 12 Moments · July 2018

Day 6 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

28 July 2018

9,800 Steps 4.5 Miles

23 July 2018

Touring the city is exhausting even if your site seeing via bus. For the second night in a row we ate at the hotel restaurant. My mind was set to order the delicious looking burger that Jacob ordered the previous night but thinking about my meal from Sunday night I had to order the same thing. Tomato Basil Soup & a Caesar salad. We ended the night standing on the restaurant balcony watching the building light show enjoying our time together!
We hopped back on the Big Bus Tour for the second time. We enjoyed seeing some of the sites again prior to being dropped off at stop 26 (Old City/Christ Church) & walked a few blocks to the American Revolution Museum. Pictures weren’t permitted in the museum but we did see George Washington’s war tent. 😳
The moment had arrived and it was time to dig in! The Carmen’s Cheesesteak was far superior to the sandwich from Ishkabibble’s. Jacob enjoyed his “half” as well. Now it was my turn for a scrumptious Beiler’s treat. I order the Salted Caramel donut & Jacob selected the coconut cream. I finished mine by the time we left the market. Cream and caramel covered my face but it was with it. Jacob waited a few moments before indulging in his. 👍🏻👍🏻 Thumbs up for both!
I waited in a 20 minute line to eat a Cheesesteak from Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks. Former President, Barrack Obama, enjoyed a cheesesteak at Carmen’s. #44 While patiently waiting I read reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor. The majority of the review pointed to The Franklin. The Franklin had American cheese on the steak and cream cheese on the bread. Not being a cream cheese fan, unless I’m eating one of Rayann’s Jalapeño Poppers or a slice of cheesecake from The Cheese, I still wanted to try “The Best”. Jacob and my parents had finished their sandwiches & additional treats. (My father purchased 2 donuts from Beiler’s & a chocolate ice cream cone for my mother from Bassett’s) I looked at Jacob and he let me know that he saved half his sandwich for me so he could have half of mine. 🤔 When it was my turn to order I expressed my dilemma and he told me the second the hot steak hits he cheese it melts into a delicious masterpiece. I was given the 7 of hearts & waited.
We enjoyed lunch at the Reading Terminal Market. Over 80 vendors of all types are located here. Baked goods, ice cream, flowers, cheese, deli, produce, hoagie/Cheese Steak, etc. Jacob, Mom and Dad ate at Dinic’s Roast Pork & Beef. Mom and Dad split a Roast Beef sandwich and Jacob ordered the recommended Brisket Sandwich. Mom and Dad enjoyed their sandwich while Jacob longed for a decent Philly Cheese.
A picture of Independence Hall from our bus tour.. and a few of me.
Vice President, Mike Pence, visited The Union League of Philadelphia. Our tour took a few detours because of his appearance. The Union League of Philadelphia is 1 city block from our hotel.
On our tour of Philly we came to Ben Franklin Parkway where the street was lined with flags given to Philadelphia by the United Nations on our Bicentennial in 1976. Snapped a picture of the Norway flag! 🇳🇴
Outside the Reading Terminal Market waiting for our Big Bus Tour to beginning.
On our walk to find the Big Bus Tour we found the Masonic Temple with a statue of Ben.
Day 6 in Philly! #ootd