This past weekend, we shot up to take a campus tour of UCONN in Connecticut ( no pic's - picture big campus - dairy farm across the street) then went down to Philly to see Temple and Drexel. Yes, during the transit strike - but as someone used to NYC, honestly bad day in Philly beats good day in NYC. I mean traffic was moving at 15mph on 76 through the city. Key word moving, not stop, stop, stop, go three feet, stop, stop, stop, go 2 feet like in Manhattan. While we were there Angie wanted to see Body Worlds 2 and the Brain at the Franklin Institute. These are actual bodies preserved by Plastination in different poses. You see the muscles, the nerves etc. etc. It is fascinating and just a tad creepy. There are slices of organs ( can't imagine lighting up a cigarette after that exhibition - may need to bring a few friends down there - ) showing smokers vs non smokers - and not just their lungs. Angie found it giggly that the male "organs" were still attached, but she is a teenager. No photos were allowed, but if you get the chance to go to see this, I would highly recommend it.
Angie also HAD to have a Philly cheesesteak from either Pat's or Gino's because they both claim to have originated the Philly cheese steak. We walked ( damn gps) the serious long way up the main road that goes along 76, then cut over on 10th, walked through China town, kept going a while, went up to 9th walked some more, went through what appeared to be their little italy ( great market through that section of 9th - I bought chocolate covered strawberries, and fresh made torrone in one of the stores) walked some more and 45 minutes later found the intersection with the 2 places. ( We did not use the gps on the way back and while walking slower, got back in 20 minutes! damn gps - why I don't have one) We ended up at Pat's because you could get provolone and Gino's only does cheese whiz (yuck) The line at both places wrapped around the buildings.