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... no interest in art. Apparently, it's one of the best art museums in the country. Who knew? Ironically, the main attraction in the area wasn't the museum itself, it was the statue of Rocky which stands outside the museum. An American woman poses for a photo with the statue before turning to her kids and saying proudly "Now I've eaten a cheesesteak and had a photo with Rocky. Now I've seen Philly." More on the cheesesteaks in a moment.
... the two hour bus race to Chinatown New York. I realise New York has not been finished. Got to leave some things a mystery right. Isn't New York like Las Vegas. Seriously it's me. Not a hope in hell of anything like Vegas occurring! Right?! Well at this point I'm writing from vancouver. I wrote our Disney world trip in notes on the bus trip back to Kate and Charles house. I plan on copying and pasting it below then continue fourth with the candian side of the trip. On wards ...
... blight, etc. What my team is working on is cleaning up alleyways and vacant lots, thinning and planting trees, building community gardens and fences, working with community volunteers and helping with events hosted by the city such as Love Your Park week coming up. There's a couple ideas going on here. One, the broken window theory: if the window is broken, why would you care if the steps broke also? But if the window is fixed or brand new, wouldn't you ...
... and still in operation...despite an extremely rickety ride and the odd plank rotting away from the tracks). After one ride, the girls very sensibly refused to go on it ever again. as for me - well, I couldn't resist the urge to tempt fate, and I won out this time, and had a fantastic ride (without any disasters). I even have a 'Cyclone' t-shirt, which is wonderful (alas, too late did I realise the possible connotations of the Cyclone's slogan, printed on the shirt: ...
We decided to drive into Philly instead of taking a tour since Rick had been there so many times with his students. He was a great tour guide! As soon as we got there, Rick headed to the Visitors Center to get our tickets for the tour through Independence Hall. They are free, but you get a ticket with a time for a tour. We had just enough time to check out ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostelling International - Chamounix Mansion Philadelphia
If you are backpacking around and are thinking of staying here, don't unless you have a car. The bus takes approx 50 mins one way to get from the city to the closest stop and that is without the wait for the unreliable, infrequent bus and then the walk to hostel. The hostel itself is fine if you keep in mind that it is an old house. Power points are infrequent, wifi only really available in the lounge area, the beds are narrow and the showers don't have any water pressure. The up side is that you do meet a lot of people as everyone is forced into the lounge for the wifi and the hostel hosts are pretty good at getting everyone chatting. I would only stay here again if everything else was booked out and I really wanted to go to Philly.
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