Not the best fit for me, unfortunately. It's praised as a top city for millennials but it's too much for me. Three big grievances about this city which I admit other cities struggle with too but overwhelmed my impression of the city of brotherly love.
Grievances aside, Philly is a big city with a giant down town area and dense suburbs of tall townhouses. Many townhouses are getting modern face lifts with big windows and brick and wood exteriors. The city had a lot of diverse food offerings and cafes and bars on every other corner. The city also seemed pretty active through the drizzle and big winds. Unfortunately, the winds also whipped up all the trash on the streets so you had to be careful not the get an old newspaper to the face and sunglasses were helpful for the debris. The historic sites were very cool but like the Liberty Bell, seemed to be struggling a bit with disrepair with out of order bathrooms, stalled construction, and bake sales to bring in extra cash. Granted it’s also the off season for tourism until the weather warms up for the summer.
All in all, we had a great time wandering around and met some very friendly people at the restaurants and markets. The food and access to cultural events far surpasses what you can find in smaller cities like Raleigh and Atlanta but I’m thinking the big city mouse life is not a good fit for this country mouse!
My wife and I quit our jobs, sold our belongings and are hitting the road for nearly 2 years. We're blogging about our adventures, lessons learned, ideas, and recommendations. Take a gander at the content, leave a comment, or reach out to us to meet up on the road!