Friday, February 20, 2009

A Glimpse of Philadelphia: A City of Brotherly Love

I have one of those rare chances tonight to visit another US States for the first time, without any advance planning. My prince brother (Greg Stokes) and his wife (Miriam) has a dinner appointment in Philly and have asked me and Mark to come along. I didn't think twice of course. Previously, I have looked at Philadelphia and checked the Top 5 Things To Do in the largest city in Pennsylvania and the sixth-most-populous city in the United States, and the 49th-most-populous city in the world.

1. Boom. No one anywhere loves fireworks more than the good citizens of Philadelphia. Independence day is huge, naturally, and is spread out over several days, but New Years fireworks are also a fixture.

2. More than just Cheesesteaks. Everyone agrees that Philly is the place to experience an authentic Cheesesteak. No question about that! And as Mark remarked, he can't be in Philly without savoring a bite of these rolls filled with meat and cheese. But Philly is more than just cheesesteaks. It actually has an incredible assorment of excellent cuisine like the Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine where we had dinner. The blending of the two dynamic principles of "food" and the "aloha" spirit is what Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine is all about. European techniques and Asian cuisine meet Hawaiian hospitality to create a fine dining experience unlike any other, and made tonight an unforgettable evening for me.

3. American icons. The country was born here, and Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell still stand as monuments to the US founding fathers.
Although, we weren't able to stop to take a picture, the Bell was an impressive looking object, 12 feet in circumference around the lip with a 44-pound clapper. Inscribed at the top was part of a Biblical verse from Leviticus, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof." The Liberty Bell is composed of approximately 70 percent copper, 25 percent tin and traces of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver. The Bell is suspended from what is believed to be its original yoke, made of American elm. The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds. The yoke weighs about 100 pounds.

4. Philadelphia Museum of Art. The PMA is, perhaps best known for having Rocky leap up its steps, but there's an amazing permanent collection inside.For a personal touch, (I hope Miriam and Greg wouldn't mind), this is where they have their first kiss!) That makes Philly not only the City of Brotherly Love but also where romantic love abound.

5. Going Green. One of the largest municipal parks in the world, Fairmount Park offers acre after rolling acre of pristine beauty.

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