Cheesesteaks & History in The City of Brotherly Love-By: K. Fonseca

Updated: May 14, 2018

By: Kayla Fonseca

Thursday, May 10, sophomores, accompanied by Mr. Powers and Mr. Cassaro, took a trip to Philadelphia, also known as the City of Brotherly Love. Famous attractions were visited, cheesesteaks were eaten; it was quite the experience.

First stop: Philadelphia’s famous Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps. Up the steps is the Philadelphia Art Museum, home to artwork by Salvador Dalí, Thomas Eakins and many more.

Next up was a walk through the beautiful streets of Philadelphia. A Shakespeare Memorial reads “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” The famous LOVE sign, followed by a similar AMOR one grace the city. Flags of every country line the streets. There is art everywhere.

While walking, a little piece of home is found in the big city, JFK Boulevard.

At the National Constitution Center, a “family tree” of fallen heroes lies in the center, with many other exhibits all around. These models of the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court Building have exquisite detail and are very realistic. Finally, a tower of law-related books have been stacked in a tower, a judicial jenga.

Also at the National Constitution Center, important items in the history of the United States can be found, such as the gavel used in the Watergate trial of 1974, real slave shackles used in the 1830s, and a gas mask used by the U.S. Army in 1919.

Next stop: The Liberty Bell, which was rung to call lawmakers to meetings and people of the town to hear the news. The famous crack originated after the first test ring and was kept like that.

Our last stop before heading home was Pat’s King of Steaks, a famous cheesesteak spot, and the only cheesesteak spot worth your time, according to Mr. Power. You have to order the right way, and quickly. If not, you’re put at the back of the line. William Penn who gave Philly it's name might have something to say about this. He was a quaker who believed in getting along, freedom and equality for all. "Philadelphia " is derived from the Greek Language. It means "Brotherly Love."

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