Clyde's Corner on Volunteerism / DRI2013, Philadelphia, June 4-7

Phun in Philadelphia!

Clydes Corner Phun in Philadelphia Feb 15 2013With Valentine’s Day behind us (I hope that you enjoyed the day and recognized all the loved ones in your life),I thought it would be a good time to tell you a little about the City of Brotherly Love.

As you are already aware, Philadelphia is our conference location for DRI2013. Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a DRI course in Philly. And, as fate would have it, the course venue was just down the road from the Philadelphia Conference Center and the conference hotel.  So once again, I had a first-hand an opportunity to see the sights and interesting areas for visitors to this very interesting city. Today, I’d like to share with you some of what I learned in my brief visit to Philadelphia.

If you come into Philly via the beautiful 30th Street train station, you are a mere 15-minute taxi ride from the Convention Center and our hotel. This area of the city has no shortage of all types of hotels, restaurants, and historical sites.  Within easy walking distance is the Reading Terminal Market, where you can eat traditional Philly Cheesesteaks, Mediterranean foods, Asian cuisine, Kosher style deli sandwiches, seafood, cheeses, breads and bakery items, cookies and candy of all kinds, salads, barbeque, wine, coffee, German food, hot dogs, as well as Middle Eastern and Indian Food. In addition to the restaurants and food shops, you also can buy fabulous fresh produce, flowers, and all varieties of gift items. The Reading Market is a must see while in Philadelphia.

Also within walking distance for history buffs is the National Constitution Center, the Independence Visitor Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, The Liberty Bell Center, and Independence Hall.

Keep in mind that also very close to the conference venue are the Old City Cultural District, the Historic Waterfront District (more on these two next week), Chinatown, the African American Museum, City Hall, plenty of interesting shopping opportunities, and JFK Plaza (also known as LOVE Park).  As with any large interesting city, Philadelphia has more to offer than you can possibly have time for, but the possibilities for good food, shopping, history, and culture are endless.  Make sure that your conference choice this year is DRI2013 in the vibrant city of Philadelphia.

All the best, and Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

Have a great week,
Clyde Berger

cberger@driif.org
Vice President and Director of Volunteerism
DRI International Foundation

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