Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fun Stuff in Philly

There is more to Philadelphia than the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Ben Franklin. Yes, Philly (as the locals like to call it) has played a tremendous role in American history and that history is told through world class museums. When you have finished dragging your kids around to all the historic sites and your refresher on the Declaration of Independence, check out some of Philly’s unique and offbeat places.

 For starters go to the Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The self-proclaimed
“disturbingly informative” museum displays medical anomalies and dates back to the late 1850’s. The strangely named museum is named after Thomas Dent Mütter, a professor of surgery who offered his personal collection of more than 1,300 unique anatomical and pathological materials to the college. This place has all the creepy stuff that we were hoping to see. The walls are lined with wood paneled display cases that house fluid-preserved specimens, skeletal and dried specimens, medical instruments, photographs, and other memorabilia. Yes, all the cool things like slices of human brains, Siamese twins, and the tallest skeleton in
North America are on display. The museum does not allow pictures, so images of all the freaky things that really wowed us are stuck in our brains and cannot be passed along via this post. However, feel free to click on the link above and check out the virtual tour.

While in Philly, we were lucky enough to have our friends, Joanne and Ann, show us around. We all agreed that if the rain stopped, we were heading to the 9th Street Italian Market Festival. We strolled the streets listening to bands, eating Italian food and drinking cold Peroni (Italian beer). The market is the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States. Vendors display their goods along the streets and inside the stores shoppers are overwhelmed with the smells of parmesan cheese and salami. Shoppers are tempted by fresh pasta, salty olives, spicy sausages, and imported olive oils.

Murial of Frank Rizzo, Sr. - policeman and politician.  Rizzo served 2 terms as mayor of Philadelphia.
Delicious Italian cured meats.  YUM!

Perfect place for lunch - manicotti, gnocchi, pizza, pasta, and cannoli!
The great food at the festival did not deter us from visiting the Franklin Fountain, an “ice cream saloon.” This rendition of an early soda fountain delights hungry patrons with homemade ice creams, sodas, floats, fudge, and sundaes. Decisions were hard to make with flavors like cherry-vanilla, black cherry, teaberry gum, peanut butter, maple walnut, mango sorbet, and lemon ice. We settled for vanilla, black cherry, and a cherry bomb soda. The ice cream was very creamy, satisfying, and delicious. The day was capped by returning to Joanne and Ann’s home for a delicious dinner of steak, chicken, asparagus, sweet corn, and some fresh mushroom pasta we bought at the festival. The dinner was exceptional and the company excellent!
The Franklin Fountain has a following - just look at the lines.

Hot fundge sundae at the Franklin Fountain.
Franklin Fountain's homemade ice cream.
Inside the "ice cream saloon" - an old fashion soda fountain.


  1. So sorry to hear about Otter. I was starting to worry when we hadn't heard an update.

    Just wanted you to know that we care.

  2. This looks great I have never seen anything like it before thanks for sharing.

    Food Display Cabinets


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