We rented a Honda and were on our way. A wonderful sunny day, music blasting – Belan, Dragojevic, Prljavo Kazaliste, Balasevic…Google Maps says it’s a 4-hour drive.
Happy, content, relaxed and excited, with good music and even better driver we arrived well rested and eager to spend an unforgettable day in the city we’ve been dying to meet for a long time.
Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A city rich with history, a city that was more important than New York or Boston in the 18th century. It used to be the second capital of the USA, after New York and before Washington.
It is referred to as the City of Brotherly Love and the city of nation’s birth. Philadelphia is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on June 4, 1776 and where the American Constitution was composed. Many American historical events are tied to Philadelphia, which is visible on every corner.
First we decided to tour the historical part of the city, have a mandatory Philly cheesesteak and take a walk through Benjamin Franklin Avenue up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, more famous for the movie Rocky, than the art inside.
Independence National Historical Park, Liberty Bell Pavilion, Independence Hall… First we watched a historical documentary, and afterwards we went to see the historical part of the city.
We had tremendous luck to be guided by an incredibly nice and interesting tour guide.
The story of Philadelphia can hardly be told without mentioning Benjamin Franklin, who had an important role in the city’s uprise. In 1775 he became a member of Congress and one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence.
He opened the first public library, participated in composing the American Constitution; he is the author of many articles on abolishing slavery and was a relentless fighter for human rights.
It’s lunchtime and we’re getting hungry. Being in Philadelphia and not trying the Philly Cheesesteak means your visit doesn’t count. So it’s decided – out of a few restaurants that each claim to be the best, we chose Geno’s Steaks and we chose well.
Well fed, we get back to the car and head towards the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Excitement is peaking, music is blasting, this time it’s the Eye of the Tiger.
Philadelphia is hard not to enjoy. It’s the city of love, Rocky, the tastiest American sandwiches… The city of modern architecture, history and big parks.
The article about this beautiful, romantic and special city can only be finished with one of my favorite quotes, and I’d like to invite all of you to definitely put Philadelphia on your bucket list.
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life.”