Next city on our three-day, three-city itinerary was Philly. Home of cheesesteaks and the Liberty Bell. We got caught in traffic (a normally 2.5 hour drive took us 4 hours plus $15 in tolls) and got caught in rain as we strolled the streets. But the short time we were there we spotted some fantastic murals, some fantastic artwork and a happening street festival.
During the drive in from the south part of the city, we were pleasantly surprised to see amazing grandiose murals on the side of large buildings. I would love to see more of that in Ottawa to brighten up the brick and concrete. Luckily we caught some of the 2nd Street Festival before the rain started to come down. We rushed for cover to Art Star Gallery & Boutique where lots of great crafty handmade items are sold (thanks ladies for letting us snap photos of the store!). There were some awesome pieces in the gallery section by Kate Durkin, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner and Abby Glassenberg. We took a quick drive along the waterfront and after the rain cleared, reverted back to tourist mode and checked out the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross’ house and had some cheesesteaks.
More Flickr photos here.
For more Philadelphia DIY + city resources I clicked here:
- Design*Sponge Guide Philadelphia City Guide – The city broken down by neighbourhood with links plus exact addresses
- Philadelphia Weekly – The city’s free weekly paper with listings.
If there are any other Philly resources you know please pass on. We know we hardly covered the city (we wanted to explore the southern part more), so Philly is definitely on our list of places to visit again.