It was one of those places I'd been to before and forever cast away as a "lame city", so to enjoy it so much was surprising and maybe a touch annoying.
I went to Philly for my friend Rachel's wedding. It was marvelous, but this isn't a wedding blog so we'll move on. Again, I expected nothing. Actually, I immediately began shitting on the city as soon as I landed, mostly because the airport was lame compared to the majesty that is Hartsfield (??).
Either way, I was humbled.
We spent our time in neighborhoods and cafes and generally just wandering. This photo was taken at La Colombe's flagship location. It was a huge space, and yet it was completely filled up. They are experimenting with some really cool shit there- carbonated coffee, etc.
I was most surprised by the feel of the neighborhoods in Philly. I've felt very similarly in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. There was a quiet assurance to the city.