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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Nothing Says Philly Like the Spectrum and the Reading Terminal Market

Me and my apple dumpling at the Reading Terminal Market

Philly Cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market

Way too many good things to eat in Philly.

Lulu in her Hyundai rental watching them tear down the Spectrum. Funny how it seems smaller now. The Rolling Stones figured out how to stuff 20,000 holes in there.

PHILADELPHIA STORY - When I was a kid - big days in Tamaqua meant going to Philadelphia. And nothing says Philly better than the Spectrum or the Reading Terminal Market.

The Schuylkill River starts in Tamaqua and ends in Philly. The Reading Railroad followed the stream - Tamaqua - New Ringgold - Reading - Valley Forge - Philly. Lulu used to take the train shopping with her grandmother getting off at the Reading Terminal and then shopping at Wanamakers and Lit Brothers. My little green bus made so many trips to the Spectrum and its former neighbor - the Vet - that I could put it on cruise and it could almost find its own way.

So yesterday when we flew into PHL Airport - we had to make a few stops.

First we watched them tear down the old Spectrum. I saw the Rolling Stones there in 1969 and no one will forget the last second half court shot the Dukies put up to beat Kentucky in the NCAA playoffs.

Next up Broad Street to Market Street and the Reading Terminal. It was 3 PM and the Amish were already tearing down their food stands - but I was able to have a Philly Cheesesteak. The sugar scoop attired girls did sell me a pan of apple dumplings for my bedtime snacks.

Lulu is visiting a school in Mt Laurel NJ today - I am in a Residence Inn packing up for the next leg of our trip - the NJLA Convention in Long Branch NJ. Thursday night and Friday night - we will stay here -

Saturday night will be spent back in Tamaqua with our neighbors - George and Maryruth Taylor.