Philadelphia Highlights! First 24 hours

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After a networking full breakfast, I wandered toward the Philadelphia Convention Center via South Broad Street and city hall.  Just beautiful architecture.

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