Penance and profit
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
34Trip End May 05, 2011
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The entire experience was amusingly guided by the voice of Steve Buscemi, former staff and prisoners. Walking through the now abandoned halls, one can certainly feel the harrowing sense of suffocation and imagine the fear of the prisoners had for this - the first penitentiary.
While in the area, I passed by the Museum of Art whose famed steps were showcased to the world by Rocky. Ironically, the statue of the slurring boxer is now a major attraction for most visitors, myself included, as I only had time left for the Rodin Museum. This museum houses the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside of Paris and includes the original casting of his opus - The Gates of Hell. I was fortunate enough to catch a wonderful guide whose passionate descriptions conveyed a sense a sensitivity to his tortured figures I had not appreciated.
Two fortuitous events happened on the way home from my wanderings. The first, was a delicious hoagie I found at a corner store ran by a lovely Korean couple. The second was meeting a jazz drummer from Berkeley. She took me to a local jazz bar (Chris' Jazz Cafe) where the musicians were vibrant and the food was spicy - I even had Crawdaddys. This invigorating night excited me about New Orleans and once again, surprised me about Philly.
Although my plans were humble when I came, Philadelphia has not ceased to warm to me. My only regret is that I had only one cheesesteak.