Geno's....Hands Down

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Monday, July 21, 2008

We really were going to Philadelphia today and had about an hour drive to town.  We were hoping for no traffic as it was Sunday.  But that was wishful thinking....it is just how it is here on the east coast.  When we arrived in Philly we went directly to the visitor's center which happens to be the biggest one we have ever visited.  It is directly across the street from the Liberty Bell and where the National Forest Service office is located as well.  We walked past mobs of people to get get to the restrooms.  These traffic jams really are hard on the bladder. 

Then we decided to take a trolley around town.  They are full of the history of the area as well as what there is to do in town.  There were no trolly's running, so the double decker bus was second best.  We hopped aboard in time to get the last seats up stairs at the back of the bus.  It was a perfectly sunny day.  We whizzed by all the main attractions in Philly including the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, City Hall, Independence Hall and other historical areas in town all the while dodging tree branches.  

After a few near misses with trees and direct contact, the tour came to an end and we went over to the "Bell".  We took a few pictures and then went over to Independence Hall.  This is where we found out that you needed a ticket to get in and why all the mobs of people were waiting in the visitor's center.  Anyway, we were able to enter the building where congress convened hundreds of years ago.  We were ushered into the hall and into chairs and addressed as congressmen.  It was very informative and the room was appointed appropriately.  We had some very entertaining exchanges with our guide and she shared with us that at that time of the day several people don't show up for their time to get into Independence Hall and there is room to take additional people.  She suggested we go over and speak to the officer that did the next tour.

We got in!  We were shown where our forefathers convened and signed the Constitution and our country was born.  The building was impressive, but the actions of the men that congregated there were even greater.  It gave one a sense of patriotism and we were so thankful that we had been let in to take the tour.

The kids were tired and hungry so it came the time that everyone had been waiting for since we arrived in PA.  We headed over to south Philly where we found the infamous Pat's, home of the original Philly cheese steak sandwich.  It was in a part of town where we weren't sure we were glad to have the car or not (if you know what we mean), but we were absolutely bursting with joy that it was still light out.  We walked back and forth between Pat's and Geno's across the street, taste testing the cheese steaks.  They were both better than any cheese steak we had ever eaten that was for sure.  But we all four agree, Geno's wins hands down!  The meat is more tender and flavorful, the onions are sweeter and the bread is fresher.  So the Griswolds put an end to the long standing question which cheese steak is better once and for all. GENO'S!!!  And if you ever come to Philly and they tell you not to come to this part of town for a cheese steak sandwich, don't listen to them.  We did and it was well worth it!  

We left Philly and headed back to Lancaster county.  We realized we were heading in the wrong direction and decided to bail.  The roads started to look very familiar and we realized this was the way we came into town when we had taken the backs roads and had to bail.  We were in West Chester.  Anyway, we made it home safely and prepared to leave the next day. 
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