Photo: Hugh E Dillon
This is BIG, but frankly no surprise to we natives who have been living in the Birthplace of America all along. The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection was named one of the coveted 'Best Destinations' in the WORLD by Conde Nast Traveler this year!
Philadelphia sits on top with eight sites including Rome, Italy's Amalfi Coast, St. Barts, and Kauai, Hawaii. Betsy Blumenthal, the editor of Conde Nast, says she likes the way the city doesn't care about pretense, or about what anyone else thinks of it. (Who can forget when the Eagles won the Super Bowl, Jason Kelce famously said: "No one likes us, we don't care!" to the delight of Philly fans). Ms. Blumenthal also said she returns in her daydreams to Fairmount Park, behind the Art Museum, and the pathway that traces the Schuylkill River. So many of us are lucky to experience it in person, and often. She also said: "Spiritually, it's my city".
Travel has been paused, of course, but since the vaccine, travel booking increases are up for the second half of 2021. See you on the Art Museum steps...we'll cue the Rocky music for you!