Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Tell us 5 things about your hometown!

Well, I'm originally from Philadelphia, PA and the first thing that comes to mind when you say Philly is Cheesesteaks! Speaking of local fare, Philly has some of the best pizza, hoagies and soft pretzels that you'll find anywhere! (It's also the birthplace of Breyers Ice Cream!)

Of course, Philadelphia is home to our nations Liberty Bell, formerly on display at Independence Hall. In 1976 the bell was moved to Independence Mall and since 2003 it's housed at the new Liberty Bell Center. This city was once home to George Washington, John Adams, Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross. Historical documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were penned here and remain here. The Declaration was first read to the public on July 8, 1776 in Philadelphia. Atop City Hall in Center City (the world's largest occupied masonry building) there is a 27 ton statue of William Penn (the largest statue on any building in the world). This statue is so large that you can walk around the brim of the William Penn's hat. (virtual tour).

There's so much to see like the Art Museum and Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Insitute. Last but not least Philly is a sports mecca, home to the NFC Champion Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and the Flyers.

3 comments:

Skipping Heart said...

My Hometown is Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal - South Africa.

Pietermaritzburg, set amidst forested hills and the rolling countryside of the Natal-Midlands, is one of the best-preserved Victorian cities in the world

Established: 1838

Estimated Population: (1991): 350,549

Points of interest include the Church of the Vow (1839), built to commemorate the 1838 Boer victory over Zulu forces (Shaka Zulu)

Mohandas Gandhi is woven into the fabric of Pietermaritzburg history. In 1893 he was evicted from a first class railway carriage at Pietermaritzburg railway station. First class was for "whites only"

Comrades Marathon The world's greatest ultra-marathon, 90 kilometres long. The constitution of the race states that one of its primary aims is to "celebrate mankind's spirit over adversity". 35000 participants each year, only 12000 finishers.

ok...i'm finished!

moon said...

Thanks for the input on South Africa. Very insightful and enlightening!

DocB said...

Okay,

I'm from Philadelphia, Pa. I remember 2333 Federal Street. I remember Francis,"Hey J". I remember Stans grocery store on one
corner, I remember Ms. Gerties store on another corner, I remember
hand dipped ice cream, pickles and pickled pigs feet from Ms. Elsies store. I remember the drug store across the street where I got my kitten from. I remember Phil's hoagie shop around the corner. I remember going to the skating rink on the weekend. I remember walking to the Senate movie theatre
on 17th St. on Saturdays them to grandmoms house. I remember playing jacks and jumping double dutch. I don't remember all of the
sight seeing stuff and all of the educational and art stuff. Maybe I
will plan a vacation to Philly to go sight seeing. Sounds like a plan.