Saturday we had spent a good chunk of the day at Independence Hall waiting to hear the Pope speak. We had made no plans for the evening and figured we would laze around. We tried to relax at the apartment, but it was not working. This great city to explore and continuous television coverage of the Pope’s visit prompted us to head out to the festival of families.
I heard on our tour that Franklin Fountain is the place to have ice cream! And I heard that we had to expect to wait in a long line and to bring cash only. We were lucky that all the people in town for the Pope were not going for ice cream that day. We had almost no wait when we walked into Franklin Fountain.
I will be honest from the television and web posting I expected Philadelphia to be insane. I was worried about getting a cab or on the train to get into the center city area. Way over-hyped!!!!! To be safe I had reserved a car service to take us into town. Usually I am all about the train but I just did not know how busy it would be and they had this whole three day ticket thing and some stations closed. It was too much on short notice to figure all out.
Corporate Sedan Service met us at the very quiet airport. Yup, quiet… I will put their information here because they were very good at what they do. Quick to get me a quote and very prompt on pick ups. As someone who was done wrong before by car companies I know how hard it is to find a good one! I get nothing from them, they just did a good job for me! http://www.philadelphia-limo-services.com
Our very nice sedan made the quick drive to center city on empty roads. Everyone had to have their car parked elsewhere several days in advance. It seemed that most local people left town, it was eerie quiet!
Recently we headed off to Philly to see the Pope. Yup, you read that right… Daughter and I went to Philly to see the Pope. We are not Catholic but we are Christian. We live in the Midwest and are Dutch, nothing that screams I want to go see the Pope.
Way back to early summer Daughter has thrown out the idea of going to hear the Pope on his U.S. visit. Again not Catholic so I told her no way to get tickets. She heard he was going to be Washington D.C. and I told her she has school. Then over Labor Day somehow she heard they were selling tickets online to some events in Philly. I told her we could not afford them but to prove my point I would find out more information.
Just a few FYI items for the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia.
First, up to 1.5 million people are projected to visit the Philadelphia area. This will put a strain on airport resources and passengers should expect delays at security, etc throughout the event.
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