On Monday morning we got up a little bit earlier that average, enjoyed the complimentary breakfast in the hotel lobby, and boarded a morning train to Philadelphia. To start off the day, we visited some of the significant locations in American History. First stop was the Liberty Bell:
We then walked several blocks to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution - a much smaller memorial than the one in Arlington:
From there we went to City Tavern, which is a historical building where Washington, Adams, and Jefferson enjoyed some libations over 200 years ago. We each had the beer sampler which included, but not limited to, beers that were favored by Washington and brewed by Jefferson. These guys could drink - none of the beers had an alcohol content below 8%.
Following the beers, we toured Independence Hall and viewed the location of two of the most important events in United States history - the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Constitution of the United Sates of America.
There was no way I was going to leave Philadelphia without enjoying a famous cheese steak. We planned to head to the infamous block that housed Geno's and Pat's; however, our cab driver told us that those places cater toward tourism and locals never eat there. He gave us the recommendation of Jim's, which turned out to be absolutely amazing. It definitely felt like it was the real deal - your better have your order ready to go or the staff would start yelling. The sandwich turned out to be delicious and I am craving one right now.
I really enjoyed the design and layout of this stadium - besides being in the middle of nowhere, I would say this has been my favorite stadium desgin thus far. A few unique things worth mentioning. First, the bullpens were in the outfield but were stacked with the visiting team above the home team:
Number two was the liberty bell in the outfield that would ring and move after a home run or a Phillies' victory - we were forunate to see this multiple times throughout the night:
Finally, I discovered a very unique concession item - Chickie & Pete's Crab Fries. I wasn't sure what these were but I simply saw a sign that said Famous Crab Fries. The basket of fries was accompanied by their own cheese sauce - it was delicious to the point we had to get a second order before we left the stadium.
We spent the 45 minutes or so following the game in the club area for another couple of beers before they closed,. We then returned to McFadden's, which was much busier than the pre-game, for a few more beers before needed to catch the train back to DC. We jumped in a taxi to head back to the train station - side note: taxi drivers in Philadelphia are much more vulgar and rude than the ones we have recently come accustom to in DC. Since there was a little time between the time we arrived at the station and our train departure - we headed across the street grabbed a drink at the local Irish bar, and watched the end of the Yankees v. Red Sox game.