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The Philly Dessert Guide – Cookies, Chocolate, Cannoli – Oh My!

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With all of my talk about how fantastic the Philly food (and dessert) scene is, I’d be remiss not to tell you how you can have a little bit of Philly love delivered to your doorstep any day of the year.  No need to wait for an occassion like Valentine’s Day (my Solo Traveler Anniversary […]

Amtrak Baggage Service: Fast Track Your Bags and Boarding with the Red Caps

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Leave it to Mom to introduce me to a travel service I’ve seen over the years but never used – The Amtrak Baggage Service with the Red Caps at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.  We were scheduled to board the Acela (I got a deal for our Saturday one way trip) from Philadelphia to New […]

Westin Philadelphia King Room

The Westin Philadelphia Review: Affordable Luxury Hotel in Center City Philly

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The smell was familiar as I exited the elevator to the lobby, I had arrived at the Westin Philadelphia.  The distinctive smell was courtesy of the candles surrounding the floral arrangement on the entry table.  I was now instantly relaxed, the hell of the commute quickly recessing from my mind, as I knew my Heavenly […]

Colorful houses of Reykjavik Iceland

Start Planning! Philly to Iceland (PHL – KEF) on Icelandair Coming Soon

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Icelandair announced last week that it will start service from Philadelphia to Reykjavik (PHL – KEF)  in the summer of 2017. From May 30, 2017 through September 20, 2017, they will fly four times a week between Philadelphia and Reykjavik.  That’s big news for Philadelphia International Airport to gain another direct international flight (last year […]

The Logan Hotel design

The Logan Hotel Philadelphia Review: A Boutique Beauty by Curio Collection

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For over thirty years, the hotel on the Parkway was the legendary Four Seasons Philadelphia.  When word came last  year that the Four Seasons was closing to move into the new Comcast Center in 2018, the travel/points message boards were guessing who would reflag the hotel. Most agreed that Philadelphia is lacking in luxury properties […]

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Hidden Philadelphia: The Rodin Museum on the Parkway

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It’s embarrassing to tell you that as a lifelong Philadelphian, I’ve never visited the Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until this month. It’s only been here since 1929 and was renovated in 2012.  For years, I walked by admiring Rodin’s “The Thinker” outside.  A few times, I climbed the steps to peek inside […]

Second Bank of the US

Hidden Philadelphia: The Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the U.S.

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Playing tourist in my hometown of Philadelphia is so easy to do with a plethora of historic sites, artistic opportunities aplenty and so many restaurants vying for my attention.  I’ve started wandering with my IPhone lately taking photos with a new eye of the city.  To say, I’ve been surprised is an understatement – I’ve […]

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Why I’m Wine & Spirits Woeful in Pennsylvania

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On wine tours in the past few years around the world, I’m often asked if I’d like to buy wine to bring home with me.  For most people, this is an easy question.  For me, I just give the winemaker a sad puppy dog look and reply “Pennsylvania” and immediately they know and instantly feel […]

The Magic Gardens Philly

Hidden Philadelphia: The Magic Gardens, One Artist’s Amazing Vision

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Back when I was wearing suits to work, my friend and I signed up for an art class after work.  We were going to try mosaics.  Sound fun right?  Fast forward as I’m at the first class, in said suit with jewelry and new manicure, and told that I need to go buy ten pounds […]

All About Philadelphia This Week with the Philly DNC Convention

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So this week Philadelphia is again in the Spotlight (fingers crossed it’s a good spotlight for the city) for the Democratic National Convention.  The Philly DNC Convention stories about politics, protestors, celebrities and speeches will dominate the news cycle.  Delegates and media are wandering the city and the suburbs (hello folks in King of Prussia […]