Our original plan for the 4th of July was to have a BBQ with the fam, but all of a sudden we decided to leave the town and head out to Philadelphia. After 2 hour drive we had checked in to the hotel and relaxed in our balcony before getting ready for dinner at Alma De Cuba. It was a bummer that I didn't bring my camera to the restaurant, because the one vegetarian main course they had on their menu was both pretty and delicious (Crisp Rice and Black Lentil Cake curried vegetable stew, carrot chimichuri, chayote squash salad). For appetizer I had black bean soup with rice croquettas which was also very good, but extremely salty. That dinner was almost a ten. Delish.
We had no idea when we booked our trip that there was Party on the Parkway and 4th of July Jam going on that day. Our balcony was overlooking it all so we had spectacular views of the fireworks. Jill Scott, The Roots, J. Cole, Ne-Yo and many others were performing at the stage at the end of the Ben Franklin Parkway.
The next morning we did some sightseeing around town and visited the famous "Rocky Steps" in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 72 stone steps have become known as the "Rocky Steps" as a result of their appearance in the triple-Oscar-winning film Rocky (see the inspirational scene here).
Pretty paper lanterns were still hanging from the trees in the park where the concert was held. I need to get some paper lanterns for our backyard. So festive.
Another must see was this new, gigantic mural on Broad Street (near South Street). This was Philadelphia's tribute to their hometown heroes the Roots.
After all the walking we had quick lunch at a Korean restaurant in Chinatown and then headed back home. Philly in the summertime is simply the best and I hope we get to visit there many, many more times to come. We love you Philly!