Day 20 Cheesesteak!

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Oct 18, 2010

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Flag of United States  , District of Columbia
Monday, September 13, 2010

We hitched up our gear, and struggled through morning peak hour commuters to board the Amtrak train bound for Philadelphia.

Why Philliy? Well for the cheesesteak of course, a Philly institution (more famous than Philly cheese). We didn't have time to get to Pat's or Gino's, but instead found an authentic version at the Reading Terminal Market, a converted railway station. So a cheesesteak sandwich is a steak cooked on a hotplate, then sliced finely, with condiments (eg peppers) chopped in, cheese melted on top and then mustard and into a genuine south Philly italian bread roll. Beautiful. Apparently the secret is the bread roll.

We walked off the cheesesteak in the park, and then visited the Liberty Bell which was allegedly rung to signal the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. It has continually cropped up in US history ever since, including during the civil war. Philly is a fine city, with plenty of history, but we only had three hours, so ... All Aboard until next time.

Washington is a city on a grand scale. Well we already knew that, but even so it is incredible how many massive stone buildings there are with self-important descriptions. We arrived too late to do any serious tourist stuff but still had a quick walk in the 30 degree heat to see the Mall. Our evening culinary treat was a crab cake sandwich at Clyde's, apparently a DC institution. Very impressive restaurant/bar, perhaps we will need to return for happy hour

By the way, clocked up 5 states today. NY, NJ, PA, DE, and MD, not including DC.
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Emily on

Can highly recommend the Holocaust Museum in DC. Very moving...

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