Philadelphia is a city that will always hold a very special place in my heart. During my early teenage years, my Dad’s job would bring him to Delaware (random, I know) for a few months each year, so our family spent the summer months here in the states. On the weekends, we always ended up in Philly, because it’s so close to where we stayed in Wilmington. I have so many fond memories of Philly and it will always be one of my favorite cities in America.
A few months ago, I was in Philadelphia on a work trip and fell in love with this beautiful, bustling city all over again. I hadn’t been here since I was 15, so returning as an adult gave me the chance to see the city in a whole new light. With its skyscrapers and crowded streets, Philly reminds me of NYC. The city has a distinct historical element to it and is home to many iconic artifacts, such as the famous Liberty Bell.
Pennsylvania was one of the first colonies in the US, so the architecture exudes a distinctly European feel. Some of the streets really reminded me of Dublin, especially with all the pubs and little corner shops that populate the streets. I love walkable cities, which is something I always miss in Florida’s sprawling car-centric environment.
The highlight of this particular trip had to be visiting an amazing rooftop bar called Bok. It’s unlike any bar I have ever been to before and the view is beyond amazing. The south Philly skyline looks absolutely stunning all lit up at night. The food is great too, and fairly inexpensive for a trendy, downtown spot.
The bar is situated on the rooftop of an abandoned high school, how cool is that? The interior still looks exactly like a high school, giving it an eerie ambiance. The hallways are lined with lockers and vacant classrooms sit idly. It looks just like a functioning school, which adds to the bizarreness. I would definitely recommend visiting Bok if you ever find yourself in the City of Brotherly love.
I don’t find myself in Philadelphia very often these days but, whenever I do I can’t help but marvel at how wonderful of a city it is. Although I have no plans, I am already looking forward to the day I find myself in Philly’s company once again.