A Few Minutes In Philly




A friend asked me for a ride into the city recently. I obliged and took advantage of the situation by walking a few blocks with the Sony DSC-HX9V, compact.

I love the city and always look forward to going. Ten minutes after dropping him off he texted me he was done. I didn’t mind but would have liked to have taken more shots.

Philadelphia is an up and coming city. I say that because when you ask people that’s what everyone says…

You can’t see me but I’m smiling right now because I really don’t know what that means. My family has lived in Philly for over one hundred years, they probably said that when they hopped off the boats they came over on. I’m thinking that the founding fathers probably said it way back in seventeen seventy six as well.

Regardless, there is a lot happening in Philly these days: New living spaces going up along the Schuylkill River in Center City, the Schuylkill River Trail that runs along the river filled with cyclist, joggers, people taking a stroll, plenty of great restaurants and venues to visit, and of course our sports teams, one of which is red hot right now, the Iggles (The Eagles), even the Flyers look real promising for the future. Great city with very passionate people.

Philly is also known for ‘The Cheesesteak’: thinly sliced sirloin steak chopped up fine, prepared on a sizzling hot grill top. Cook the meat, chop it, stir it, add friend onions, American cheese until it melts…and then slap that puppy (don’t really slap a puppy, that’s just a slang term to slap something down firmly) on a fresh long roll.

The roll is probably the most important part of the cheesesteak. People believe it taste so good because it’s made with our water, and something about that helps make a great tasting roll? Hey, that’s what ‘they’ say, but whatever it is, they do taste great.

Regardless, you get yourself a good cheesesteak, it’s a great experience.

There are a ton of great mom and pop places that make an excellent sandwich within and surrounding Philadelphia.

Last year I had a small contingency of folks come into town from the Los Angeles Police Department and LA County Sheriffs Department. We went into the suburbs and they had their first cheesesteaks, and they loved them!

Have a great day, all!


  1. Your photos are really good – and I say that with sincerity because it seems as if with the seven day black and white challenge that went around I was inundated with mono pics – and as I scrolled the photos there was something extra fresh – the skateboarders – and that bolt sign! And the building with the lines/shadows- such a nice mood of this whole post and learned stuff – like Iggles

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