brotherly lovin’ in philly


When I think of Philadelphia it’s usually Rocky Balboa, a cheesesteak sandwich, or the Phillies – depending on the mood I am in.  What can I tell you, I’m a fan of movies, food and the Mets.  So what did I do differently this time?  I went to prison.  The Eastern State Penitentiary, to be exact – a hauntingly beautiful Gothic style prison with a fascinating history during its operation from 1829 to 1971.

The prison has been featured in various tv programs of the paranormal investigation variety.  Unfortunately you can’t really spend the night inside, but you can wander around the facility during the day while the spirits are sleeping.  Because science tells us they prefer the night.

Be sure to check out what used to be Al Capone’s room (suite), featuring some tasteful furnishings to go with the skylight for just $89/night.  Just kidding.  But I admit the thought of the prison as a hotel or apartments kept crossing my mind.

After working up an appetite touring the prison, I recommend checking out the Reading Market in downtown Philly for some solid American fare.

I enjoy markets, especially of the no frills kind with tasty eats that don’t cost a fortune, and must say I was pleasantly surprised by the offerings.



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