Rocky Independence Hall Philadelphia

National Geographic’s I Heart My City: Philadelphia

by Michael on October 7, 2012

It’s been over a year since we left Philadelphia to travel around the world with a Rocky statue. As our journey is coming to an end, we wrote a story for National Geographic Traveler’s “I Heart My City” series about what we look forward to seeing in Philadelphia when we return.

In the article we explore our fair city; from the hidden gem of Fort Mifflin, to the world-renowned Barnes Foundation and a stroll through the historic neighborhood of Society Hill. We even explain the many uses for the phrase “Yo!”

Philadelphia Society Hill neighborhood

 Society Hill provides a tranquil setting in Philadelphia.

All this exploring built up an appetite which we satisfied by scarfing down a Frangellis filled-to-order donut, topped off with a Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpet milk shake. With a stop along the way to sample a $100 cheesesteak, we savor everything that Philadelphia has to offer. And of course, we revisit the Rocky Steps.

Frangellis donuts Philadelphia

 Perhaps the best donuts in the world at Frangelli’s in South Philly.

Click the link to read the full story at National Geographic Traveler: I Heart My City: Larissa and Michael’s Philadelphia.

Chris October 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I heart the Philly Love!!

Barb October 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
Dr Seuss.

It has been incredible from this side of the screen and also meeting you & Rock in person. You have changed your lives forever by taking this year long trip.
Thanks for taking me back to Philly. I regret badly not having a Frangelli’s donut this morning!! 🙁

Michael October 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

It’s an easy city to love.

Michael October 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hi Barb,

Thanks for that quote, it helps. Regarding the Frangelli’s donut, I guess you’ll just have to make do with Paris pastries.


Larissa and Michael

Fred Allen Barfoot October 18, 2012 at 10:16 am

Great summary of our beloved Philadelphia. And of course it invites challenges of what is best this, best that. One omission surely not intended is Reading Terminal Market, with its shopping joys and human dialogue — and daily itinerant piano players.

Michael October 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hi Fred,

Reading Terminal is one of our favorite markets in the world but we decided to go with our neighborhood market at Headhouse Square for this story. Thanks for the suggestion.

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