Some of the cities on the east coast of the United States seem to have some kind of rivalry with each other .
It doesn’t matter whether it’s in music , museums , history , politics, and especially sports , there’s sure to be some kind of rivalry.
Boston and Philadelphia seem to have a rivalry that’s gone on since Colonial days.
People in Boston love to remind everyone that Ben Franklin was actually from Boston .
People in Philly LOVE to remind Bostonians that Ben Franklin LEFT Boston and MOVED to Philadelphia .
Bostonians and Philadelphians agree on one thing.
They HATE New York and this has gone on since Revolutionary War times.
Growing up in New York City , Boston was always an afterthought .
As for Phily, that was another story.
They were either “that city below New Jersey ” or the city with all those losing sports teams.
You never confused someone from New York with somebody from Philadelphia and vice versa .
If you did, you must have wanted to be put in the hospital very badly.
It might be that both cities have citizens that you really didn’t want to mess with.
Although, I’d say that people in Philadelphia aren’t as rude as they are in New York City .
My first visit to “the City of Brotherly Love “came about six or seven years ago .
I went with a friend and her cousin .
To say that I had a terrible time and never wanted to come back would be an understatement .
I didn’t .
We did all the tourist things, the Liberty Bell , see Independence Hall , but not go into it, visiting Reading Terminal Market and walking around the city , but not really getting to explore it .
Looking back on the visit , it was easy to see why I had such a lousy time.
The trip was a bust, let alone a wasted time.
We were supposed to stay for the weekend , but we didn’t .
We came back to New York City the next night, with my friend and her cousin complaining about EVERYTHING that seemed to be wrong with the city, from the hotel to the location .
Not for nothing , but this is one of the reasons I travel by myself a lot.
It wasn’t the city, it was the people who I traveled with .
When it came time for another trip, this time I followed my own advice and decided to give Philadelphia another try.
This time three people were going- me, myself and I .
I not only saw the Liberty Bell and went inside of Independence Hall, which you can do, but I visited Chinatown , City Hall with the statue of founder William Penn on top of it, the African American Museum of Philadelphia , Constitution Hall and The Bourse, which is a smaller version of Reading Terminal Market.
I also saw the University City section of the city and visited three of the colleges in town, Temple University , University of Pennsylvania , and Drexel University .
I even had a real Philadelphia Cheesesteaks , not from the places where the tourists go, Pat’s and Geno’s, but the place where the locals go go their Cheesesteaks , Campos .
Because this was my first 30 Plus Teams Tour , I went to Citizens Bank Park to see a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game and to the Wells Fargo Center to see a Philadelphia Flyers hockey game.
I was getting to like the city a lot.
If you can take the subway in New York City , you can take it anywhere.
I got to be such an expert on SEPTA, (the Southeast Philadelphia Transit Authority ), and the local subway that I even know which train would take me to Philadelphia International Airport and what train stop I have to get off to go to games. (It’s the Stadium Stop, in case you ever go to Philadelphia for a baseball , basketball , football or hockey game.)
Speaking of Philadelphia Airport , many times it’s cheaper to leave from this airport than JFK, and it’s not as hectic .
This summer, I made another trip to the city for the NFL Draft .
There were STILL more places that I hadn’t seen and restaurants that I hadn’t eaten in.
I wanted to see, eat, and do as much as I could.
I even stayed two days longer than I was supposed to .
Who would have known that this city would turn out to be one of my favorite places to visit .
I can’t wait to go back to Philadelphia and discover even more new things.