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 […]

Yering Farm boutique wines

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 […]

Metropolitan Bakery at Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market – A Philly Food Favorite and Must Eat

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No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to the Reading Terminal Market (tagline Fresh and Local Every Day) located in downtown Center City across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The market is one of the largest and oldest markets in the U.S. with its origin in 1892 as part of the Reading Railroad train […]

Barbuzzo Budino Philadelphia

10 Iconic Philly Foods – Pack the Stretchy Pants and Indulge!

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For a first time visitor to Philadelphia, you will be overwhelmed (and surprised) by the amazing Philly foods available 24/7 (the pretzel bakeries and cheesesteaks are great midnight or 3 a.m. treats).  I always joke to bring your stretchy (fat) pants but the good part is that all of the food (and drink) calories are […]

World Traveller Plus British Airways seats together

British Airways World Traveller Plus Review (BA PHL-LHR-PHL)

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I’ve been very spoiled over the years flying Club World (business class) on British Airways from Philadelphia to London return for work in my prior job.  Now that has ended, I’ve had to pay my own way to London (yes, I know cue the sad tiny violins) and have done it in a variety of […]

Global Beats Stage Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show

Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show – Travel Destination Inspiration

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I always feel bad for the travel vendor from Nepal as no one seems to visit him to talk about his country despite his good location in the first aisle across from one of the speaking venues at the Philadelphia Travel & Adventure show. It seems that his country might be a bit too much […]

Penguin couple

Arden Road Travel, Customized Trip Planning by PhilaTravelGirl

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Three years ago, I started writing about my travels and pressed “publish” on this blog.  I had no idea how my life would change from that action – the blog has helped me overcome sudden loss, connected me with new friends in London and around the world and has been my creative outlet during my […]

Urban Farmer Philadelphia Cheese Tray

Urban Farmer Philadelphia at The Logan Hotel – My New Philly Happy Place

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My friends often think me crazy when I get excited by a new restaurant or shop (Primark) that comes to Philly that I’ve experienced whilst traveling.  When I heard that Urban Farmer Philadelphia was making its steakhouse debut inside the new hotel, The Logan, I was pretty happy.  Both are Sage Hospitality properties with the […]