If I was to describe Philly in one word, it would be haunting. While in Philly, I felt an unshakable sense of dark, looming grief. Every where I looked, I saw signs of the emotions I felt. Was it the weather that brought on these sensations or is there something dark lingering in the city of Philly?
I arrived in Philly after a fantastic day of exploring New Jersey. I booked an Aibnb and I was kindly greeted by the host.
The space was perfect for my stay in the area. The room had space to put my belongings, a very comfortable bed, and even water and a light snack. I also appreciated how the bathroom included shampoo, body wash, and a hair dryer. I was also able to put my medication safely in a fridge downstairs along with my leftovers from NJ.
I rested up, had my leftovers for breakfast, and got ready to hit the road to explore the state for the day!
Paintings and Pain
As I drove throughout Philly, I noticed an extreme contrast throughout the area. One corner would be full of retail shops, colorful murals, and attractions flocking with tourists. Another corner would be full of decomposing buildings, homeless residents, and vandalized homes. There was something so somber yet poetic about the intersecting streets of Philly.
Fog added to the general eeriness of the city.
Murals brought life and an uplifting sense to the dark streets.
I loved the little quirky touches throughout the city.
Before there were modern marvels like "It" and "The Shining"...even way before Hitchcock... Poe made hearts race and bodies tremble in utter fear.
I recall being fascinated by the poet and short story master when I was younger. I was driving around, I took a corner and stumbled across his property. I hastily parked my car and hurried to the property. Let down, I found the property closed on the day I visited. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to be outside the historic site of the famous Edgar Allen Poe.
As I rounded the building, I couldn't help to feel the chills. Fog and Poe? Now that's a site to experience!
I knew long before I started my road trip adventures that I would someday land at Paddy's. To fans of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", this is a must seen while visiting PA. I stepped in the bar and admired the pictures and familiar faces in the pictures.
Cheesin' while mentally checking off another box on the bucket list!
I Like Big Bells and I Cannot Lie
Did you really visit Philly if you didn't see the Liberty Bell?
After circling streets for nearly 20 minutes, I finally found a spot diagonal to the massive piece of history. After getting through what looked like a mini TSA, I briskly read a bit about the history of the bell before checking it out.
Is it dumb if I saw I didn't expect it to be so massive?
Abnormalities and Medical Mysteries
When I was little, I used to spook myself out and watch the creepy TV shows on the Travel Network and the Discovery Network. I remember, so clearly, when I saw the Mutter Museum featured on one of my freaky shows. Bulging face tumors, Siamese twins preserved in casts, a giant colon the size of a couch! Everything bizarre and stomach-turning has residency at the Mutter Museum.
Unfortunately, photography is prohibited. In my opinion, this is one of the best museums I have ever been to. It is interesting and memorable, and you'll surely learn something new.
FYI - there is a student discount, too ;)
Last Stop is a Spooky One!
Towards the end of my little East Coast road trip, I slept in Pennsylvania on my last night. I had been driving up North from South Carolina and I decided to stay in PA. I always try to experience unique and memorable places...
Sleeping Above A Bar
As I drove further away from South Carolina, the winter beast showed its teeth! I decided to stay in an Airbnb above a bar in PA. I thought this was super unique and bizarre opportunity and I enjoyed myself (minus the chill in the room!).
How many people do I know that have spontaneously slept above a bar?
Chilly + Creepy = Peace Out, PA!
As I continued on my last leg of my road trip, the fog from a week prior changed into snow. The more I drove, the more graveyards and grey buildings I saw. If I wasn't so anxious to get home, I would have explored this creepy part of the state. I did enjoy my time in the state and look forward to the next time I return!
11/18/17 and 11/19/17
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