Buying Garnier in North Philly, Downtown, South Philly, and Cindy's Wedding

Saturday, June 28, 2008
Landon and I wanted to see more of Philly than Old City, so before we went for a swim last night, we all got into the SUV and I took the family for a drive around Philly. I headed North, which took us by Eastern State Penitentiary, which was home to inmates Willie Sutton and Al Capone at one time. We would have liked to tour it, but children under the age of seven cannot be admitted. I was great to at least see it from the car, though, as we could have never walked there on foot. We then headed further into North Philly, where we saw streets and streets of row houses that looked to be severely impoverished. It was then that I realized that I still needed hair gel for Cindy's wedding, so I pulled over into a Walgreen's parking lot, left Landon and the kids in the car, and went inside. I figured the next best thing to Aveda would be Garnier, as anything that Sarah Jessica Parker endorses MUST be good, right? As I was buying the Garnier hair gel, I chatted with the cashier about how I was visiting and how much I had enjoyed Philadelphia so far. He said, "You picked a bad time to visit." I said, "Oh, I know, it's so hot, isn't it?" He said, "No, not because of the HEAT, because of the murders. We've hit 300 and it isn't even summer yet." Yikes! Later that night, I read about how Philadelphia is one of the most dangerous cities in America, next to Camden and DC. I talked to another Philly native who said the crime is getting worse due to the rising gas prices and school programs, which have been cut.

We stopped in North Philly at the Spaghetti Warehouse, where our waiter suddenly left because his father passed away. The food was okay, but Samuel liked his spaghetti, which was the important thing. We then headed back to our hotel to go swimming.

The next morning, we only had a few hours before we needed to be back at the hotel to get ready for Cindy's wedding, so after we had coffee, we drove towards downtown. There was NO street parking, and public parking garages were nearly $20.00, so we headed to South Philly to check out the Italian Market and hopefully eat lunch at one of the two famous cheesesteak restaurants there.

Photos of downtown Philly.

Rowhouses in South Philly, one block from 9th Street, where the Italian Market is located. Our SUV is the maroon one on the left. It cost $75.00 to fill it up before we returned it.

Landon in front of the famous Geno's, where we had the best cheesesteaks EVER.

The Italian Market, where Samuel enjoyed looking at the live crabs in various baskets.


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