Philadelphia…the city of brotherly love and cheesesteaks! We were lucky enough to have a few hours free during a very busy, event filled Base Camp Week to take “The Kids” sightseeing around our first East Coast city!
We decided to hit up the three main sights every tourist should see when they are in downtown Philly:
1) The “Rocky Steps”
2) The Love Statue at Love Park
3) The Liberty Bell
There are lots of other amazing sights and museums but when you’ve only got three hours before your next big event, these are right up there on the top of the list.
Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter love all of the Rocky movies (they kept calling each other ADRIAN all morning long) so of course we set out to climb the 72 stone stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art known to all as the “Rocky Steps.” These steps appeared in Rocky and four of its sequels including Rocky II, III, V & Rocky Balboa. Tourists and beer bottles alike mimic the famous climb which is a metaphor for every man/beer bottle rising to a challenge and to that we say…Bravely Done!
After all of that exercise, we grabbed a cheesesteak and headed on down Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
On the way to Love Park (JFK Plaza), we passed the famous thinking man statue or “The Thinker.” We had no idea that Rodin’s iconic statue was in Philly but there he was sitting quietly in reflection out in front of the Rodin Museum. We’ll have to come back another time to check it out…
Love Park was packed with visitors snapping photos. Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter waited patiently in line to get their photo in front of this statue known to many around the world. We learned that the Love Statue is a Pop Art image by American Artist Robert Indiana. The original art piece served as a print image for a Museum of Modern Art Christmas Card in 1964 and was also used as an 8 cent postage stamp in 1973. The original sculpture was made in 1970 and displayed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The material used is COR-TEN steel and has been replicated for displays all over the world like the one in New York and this one here in Philly.
The Liberty Bell was next on our list since we couldn’t leave without seeing the cracked bell that is a symbol of American Independence. Since we asked around and no one really knew what the bell was all about (no one remembers History class, we guess), we found this on Wikipedia: Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell was commissioned from the London firm of Lester and Pack (today the Whitechapel Bell Foundry) in 1752, and was cast with the words, "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It originally cracked when first rung after arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens to public meetings and proclamations. The bell was smaller than we expected but it was amazing to see all of these historical monuments, buildings and statues that we do not have on the West Coast.
Speaking of historical places, a few days before we headed back to Oregon, we visited Valley Forge National Park and were in awe of the vast space and beauty of the park. Located in King of Prussia, (yes that is the name of the city) Valley Forge was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army lead by Washington. The park does a great job at showing us how the citizens lived while they were based there and it commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation. We were able to capture several amazing photos there of “The Kids” at different locations throughout the park.
Philly is a city of great people, amazing food and a huge variety of craft beer. In traveling and sightseeing with “The Kids” all over the US, we have noticed that some cities are all about their local craft beer, some are into International beer and others are into Domestic only beers. Philly seems to LOVE all beer! That is why we had such a great time sampling our beer with them and experiencing the craft beer culture on the East Coast.
Although “The Kids” are in Philly to stay, our Oregon based crew had to head home. It’s not a farewell Philly, but an…until next time! LOVE. Find “The Kids” and other brands of our tasty beer in the Philly area by using our beer finder tool at www.deschutesbrewery.com/find.