Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #13

For this week's edition of Thursday Thirteen we thought we would share with you thirteen things mommy, daddy, mr. chen and Ollie love about Philadelphia. As we told you in a previous TT, we actually live in a town called Lansdowne but we are so close to Philly that we feel we need to tell you about our great city.

1. We are from Philly and mommy and daddy got us at the wonderful Philadelphia based Morris Animal Refuge.

2. The fantastic Philadelphia Art Museum and the other local museums including The Barnes Museum The Mutter Museum, The Brandywine River Museum.

3. Restaurants in Philadelphia. Mommy and daddy think the restaurant scence is fantastic. So many different cuisines and lots of really great local joints and bars. Favorites include Bar Ferdinand, Jack's Firehouse, Caribou Cafe, Veitnam, and SangKee to name just a few of their favorites.

4. The Italian Market is the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the US. The Italian Market is the best place to go for produce, meats, and more.

5. Reading Terminal Market is a fantastic indoor covered market with many vendors selling fish, cheese, produce, meats, flowers, prepared foods - you name it. Some favorite stops inside include cheesesteaks at Rick's, breakfast at Downhome Diner OR the Dutch Eating Place. And for dessert, ice cream at Bassets.

6. For true Philly vibe, you must either bike or rollerblade along the river at Boathouse Row or take a night drive along the Schuylkill River when the boathouses are all lit up.

7. As far as historic cities go, you can't get much more history than in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the nation. Just check out Independence Mall which has the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall the new(ish) National Constitution Center and much more.

8. Cheesesteaks!! Philly is known for its cheesesteaks and rightly so. There is a heated competition between local owner's Pats and Genos (not to mention all the faction cheesesteak competitions). In our mommy and daddy's book, Pat's is the only answer when on Passyunk.

9. Philly soft pretzels. Yep, we're known for these, too.

10. The Philadelphia Zoo is the nation's oldest zoo. Lots of fun and with the zoo ballon even more so now.

11. The Elmwood Park Zoo is not *technically* in Philadelphia (it's in a suburb called, Norristown) but it's also a wonderful little zoo. With smaller and more manageable grounds, it can be a great way to get up and close and personal with the animals. Mommy especially loves the birdies there. Mmmmm birdies.

12. The shore. You haven't really visited Philly if you haven't been to "the shore". Every proper Philadelphian goes to the shore. Mommy has always gone to Ocean City, New Jersey since she was a little girl. (Daddy prefers beaches in another state called Delaware but maybe we'll post about that in another Thursday Thirteen someday.)

13. If you want a world-class science museum, The Franklin Institute is a wonderful place to visit with lots of hands on interactive science exhibits including a giant heart that you can walk through and much more. Special exhibits there are also cool like The Body Worlds exhibit that came a few years ago and The King Tut exhibit which is just wrapping up.

We hope you've enjoyed these 13 things about Philadelphia!! Come and visit soon!


Dragonheart said...

Philadelphia sounds like a great city! :) My mom was there once, and enjoyed seeing the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. She says the Bavarians make the best soft pretzels in the world, though. Even Philly pretzels aren't as good as Bavarian Brezen.

Chen & Ollie said...

DH, our mommy and daddy have never had bavarian pretzels but they sound delcious! They will have to get to Germany to try them out!!
Mr. Chen & Ollie

Mickey said...

Those sound like great reasons to live in Philly.I know Mom would like a lot of those.With all the fine shops I bet they have no trouble finding lots of treats and toys for you.
Mom & I are getting hungry reading this! Purrs,Mickey

zevo calamari said...

Wow...sounds like fun. My pet human has been there and loved the museums. Thanks for the tour.

Daisy said...

I think Philadelphia sounds like a very wonderful place!

Parker said...

What a wonderful city! Mommy loves going there and I think that I would like to go visit the birds! Yum!

Chairman Mao said...

Philly sounds like really kool city! Momma and Daddy went thru there onna train but they didn't see furry much of it. Thanks fur tellin' us about it! Lotsa neat stuff about yur home.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Caesar and Princess said...

Oh Goooodness, we were here earlier and thought we commented on this adorrrrrable picture of you! Your tummy is very nuzzleable :-P

Lansdowne and Philly look like the perfect place to live.

our little girlbean goes to kollig near Haarrisburgie, we know that is a bazillion miles away but still... it is PA and PA is such a lovely state

Now mommie is thinking she wants to go on a road trip. We are just over here in Virginia ::waves::

enjoy that rain last night?