pictured: Dan atop the famous Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
I just got back from a trip to Philadelphia with my program and it was a blast. While D.C. reminds me of your older brother who finished law school and now rubs all the money he's making in your face, Philadelphia is that other sibling who started out well but flunked out of school and decided to go after what they really loved instead. In Philly's case, it's art. The city is filled with public art - especially murals - and shows a devotion to making art accessible to everyone.
That and the cost of living is appallingly low. Penthouse condos in South Street, their equivalent of Georgetown/Adams Morgan, are selling from the $200's. What!?
Hopefully I will put up some pictures - and maybe even video! - later this week.