Natalie had to work and I had to hit the road. Southbound to Philly today.
I was told to hit up Roscoe’s for a good pizza experience. I definitely wanted to get some NYC pizza to compare to some of the places I went in Dallas that trumpeted their NYC roots, style.
I got plenty lost and turned around walking the quarter-mile to the pizza joint. Oh well I got to see some cool parts of the city.
It was a by the slice affair at Roscoe’s. You ordered, they threw it in the oven while you paid and it was done shortly after.
Good pizza, sauce, and of course that crust! Another one please, nice and hot.
I shared space with some tough looking construction workers. Chowing down on some sweet ‘za. A classic NYC scene.
I am always surprised by how long it takes to get around via subway in NYC. About an hour to get over to the west side to a bus stop.
There are several lines for the bus, each for a different destination city, so you have to ask someone to make sure you are in the right line.
There are conductors and people who walk around keeping order. They know what to do and can sell you a ticket.
One held a portable swiper/printer device. The receipt was long as it was your ticket too.
I filed in line to board, throwing my backpack into the baggage hold. I’d discovered the top compartments weren’t large enough for my backpack, which is also too big to stow under the seats.
I kick back and watch the city fly pass me through the window.
I’d never been to Philly, so it was important that I make it down for a couple of days.
I’m a huge history fan especially US history, how the country was founded. A lot of action happened in Philly.
Luck was on my side as I had met someone on my trip who lived in Philly. She didn’t mind me crashing on her couch for a few days. Finally going to see Philadelphia, PA!
I spoke to my friend Jodi, and told her I was near city hall, specifically a large paperclip art installation.
To my amazement I was able to locate her truck as she passed on the busy road in front of the clip, I threw my bag in the back, hopped in the cab and slammed the door shut.
I was greeted by Jodi’s dog who is super cool. Only surpassed by Jodi who is the coolest!
She showed off a bit of Philly while it was still light, passing by a few landmarks I could take pics of.
We walked her dog around these sites, too. Lots of dogs in Philly.
We soon arrived at the port. We were looking at the Delaware River, Trenton NJ was on the other side of the river.
Lots of military ships out here.
We saw another large ship sail out to sea before getting back into the truck.
Her house wasn’t too far. In fact Philly isn’t that large, maybe 5 miles in any direction. Buses seemed to run most of the days, I certainly saw them whenever I was out.
We were hungry so we walked to a bar that served pretty good Mexican food. Had a couple of beers too.
It was a cool neighborhood pub, full of characters too. A guy at the bar had just been released from jail and they were celebrating.
Apparently this was a normal event and celebration here. Shots poured. I guess I am lucky or maybe square but I ain’t never been to jail.
Another baseball game I was able to catch, just being out and about I found a TV.
More pints, some food and we snake our way through the neighborhood home.
Everything feels old and out of a film. Just wonderful brownstone houses, walk ups, older corner businesses, the way it was, you know.
Tomorrow I’d fully explore the historic side of the city!
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