The Shaiko Outdoor Division (more on that later) made a one day trip to Philadelphia. It was a very spontaneous decision and a completely unprepared excursion. I usually like to do some research, take notes, make lists and organize my expeditions. Especially when visiting a place for the first time. But this one was different, we ventured trough different neighborhoods throughout the day, met locals at different hangouts spots, asked questions and tried to pack as much action and discoveries as possible within a day. I’m sure we missed a few remarkable landmarks but we will be back for more. Here’re some highlights of the day:
Pat's King of Steaks
I was so excited to eat my FIRST Philly Cheese Steak IN Philadelphia BY the self-proclaimed "inventor of cheesesteak” Pat & Harry Olivieri reputable restaurant. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps
Running up the 72 stone steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the song "Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti felt mandatory.
This historic working-class neighborhood use to be the epicenter of the shad fishing industry. But in recent years, it has become an area for artistic, entertainment and culinary activities.
An abandoned coal pier system along the Delaware river, in the Northeast area of the city, now a graffiti sanctuary, dirt bike track, and paintball area.
Well, I don’t know what the Philadelphians and “true” Philly Cheese Steak aficionados would say, but to me, this was something to remember and recommend.