After the Orioles game in Baltimore, we hopped on a train and traveled to Philadelphia. I had never been on a train and Matt hadn’t been on one since he was really little, so this was basically a new experience for both of us. Train travel is SO simple. There’s no crazy security screening, no removal of shoes, no naked x-ray machines, etc. You just get your ticket & ID checked and hop on the train. The seats are bigger and you have at least twice as much leg room as you do on an airplane. Definitely a much more pleasant way to travel. Too bad we don’t have passenger trains in Texas.
We arrived in Philly a little late. It was close 9:00 pm, so we caught a taxi from the train station to our hotel and then ran across the street to grab some supper at a Chili’s. My worst fear came true when we walked out of the train station…it was cooling off outside…and QUICKLY. I had not packed clothes for cool weather. I had 1 long sleeved shirt to keep me warm on the plane/train and p.j. pants…definitely not things that would keep me warm in the New England “summer”.
We started off our first full day in Philly with breakfast at…Dunkin’ Donuts. I swear…these things were on every freaking corner up there. Every single city we visited seemed to have them about as close together as we have Starbucks. It was weird. After breakfast we hopped on the subway and rode over to the tourist spots…Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the U.S. Mint. There were TONS of tour groups and school groups at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall…I guess the schools in the Northeast aren’t out for summer yet? Too bad for them. The U.S. Mint was pretty cool too…unfortunately there were no photos allowed, but it was neat to see how our coins are made and all of the machinery that’s used.
the liberty bell…the little museum we walked through before seeing the bell had tons of interesting facts about the bell that neither of us knew. Apparently it used to tour the country and it served as a symbol to ending slavery and ending Apartheid in South Africa. So interesting…
Ok…now for the Phillies game. We took the Subway out to Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies game against the San Diego Padres. It was a night game, so I packed my sweatpants so I wouldn’t freeze during the entire game. I was a little non-impressed when we arrived outside the ballpark in Philly…it’s not much to look at from the outside, but the inside was pretty awesome. And…they definitely had the best food out of all 5 ballparks we visited. Matt had a cheesesteak which was pretty good and I had definitely had the best dinner I could ever ask for…French Fries! But they weren’t just any french fries…they were called CRABFRIES and they were HEAVENLY! I’m pretty sure they were just crinkle cut fries with crab seasoning on them, but holy moly…they were amazing.
Great game, great park, great food, and the home team won! We loved our time at Citizens Bank Park…but we were not impressed with Philadelphia. If you have family there or are from there, I’m sorry, but Philly is gross and dirty and the bums are EVERYWHERE. Some of the old historical buildings were impressive, but that’s about it…we were glad to leave and get on with our trip. Next stop…New York City!