So, I had a last minute work trip to Philly last week. It was a whirlwind of adventure, networking, and food!
Here are a few highlights from Day1 of 3:
After leaving my purse on the plane, turning around mid-cab ride back to the airport, waiting at baggage claim device center to see if they had found it, and actually getting it back in time to check into my B&B by 10:30pm, I went to the closest restaurant/pub Varga and drank beer and ate a gigantic softshell crab burger. The mural of the pinup gals is on the ceiling of the pub. Pretty place, good beer on tap and good gastropub fare.
This was my home base for 2 nights: a one bedroom, kitchenette, bedroom and full bath top floor room on a quiet off street called Clinton Street B&B. For me, it was perfect and quiet, easy to get up in the morning and go for a 5 am run for a little sightseeing.
I saw the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean war memorial, a lot of cemeteries, and a lot of beautiful buildings while jogging on cobblestones. I sort of understood why all the other local runners were running in the streets. Flat pavement jogging is much safer than twisty angular cobblestone running.
The Union League of Pennsylvania. A friend if mine introduced me to her father via email and he invited me as a guest to a monthly breakfast event at the UL. A private, members only club established in 1862, this was a definite exclusive peek into a non-touristy but influential part of American history.
After a networking full breakfast, I wandered toward the Philadelphia Convention Center via South Broad Street and city hall. Just beautiful architecture.