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Monday, June 23, 2008

British Invasion, Part 5: It's Comcastic!

It all began one day last March with an incredibly moving comment left on my blog by a young woman in England named Emma grieving the loss of her fiance to DMD. E-mails, instant messages, and webcam conversations ensued, and we quickly became the best of friends. Soon after, Emma met Gary and I became friends with him as well. Not long after, Emma and Gary began making plans to visit me here in Philadelphia. This is part 5 in a series chronicling their visit...

Can you believe that's a giant high-definition video wall in the lobby of the newly-opened Comcast Center? That was the first stop on our tour of Center City Philadelphia today. Called the "Comcast Experience," the wall measures 83 feet wide by 25 feet high.

After experiencing that, we made our way down John F. Kennedy Blvd. to LOVE Park, where Emma and Gary got a photo with Bender from "Futurama". Crossing the street, we went through the courtyard at City Hall, the largest masonry building in the world, which took 30 years to build!

Next we made a quick detour at Dunkin' Donuts. There's one on pratically every block in America, but apparently none in the U.K., so my friends just had to try one of DD's iced coffee concoctions.

Then we went to the Loew's Hotel, formerly the PSFS bank headquarters. and took an elevator up to the 33rd floor, where we caught a breathtaking view of the city.

Our final destination on this day was the historic Reading Terminal Market, where I introduced Emma and Gary to that famous Philadelphia delicacy, the cheesesteak, at Spataro's It was love at first bite. Even I, cheesesteak connosieur that I am, have to admit it was one of the finest sandwiches I have ever consumed.

Before signing off for the night, I'd like to give a shout goes out to Brad over at for his assistance in putting together today's itinerary.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

spectacular photos of phila. i love this city! (and your blog)