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Find beauty amongst the abandoned, obscure and inaccessible sites around Philadelphia during the second annual Hidden City Festival May 23-June 30, 2013. This year the festival will highlight eight hidden sites in neighborhoods across the city including Center City, Germantown, Frankford, South Philadelphia and University City. An astonishing way to discover Philadelphia while also experiencing innovative contemporary artists who will bring new life to these fascinating and hidden places.
If you’re interested in history a Philly MUST is this red-brick Georgian-style building (located in Independence National Historic Park in the Old City) where the Second Congressional Congress met off and on from 1775 to 1783. More importantly, it was here that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated, drafted and signed. While touring Independence Hall, you’ll have the chance to see the Assembly Room where George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army. You can also see surviving copies of the declaration, the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation, all displayed in the West Wing’s Great Essentials Exhibit.
TAMING OF THE STRIPES
You won’t have to go far for art this month in Philly. Norma Bessières’ zebra-inspired “Taming of the Stripes” art exhibit opened in the Sofitel lobby on March 15. Also on display is the menu created by Executive Chef Jim Colemen that pays tribute to the African theme. Offerings include an array of authentic African dishes tinged with a few French elements such as Ghana soup shooters, Nigerian pancakes with smoked shrimp, and Kenya M’Baazi—a dish comprised of coconut beans in lettuce envelopes—among other native fare. How magnifique!
Located in Philadelphia, The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence. You can see the Bell at The Liberty Bell Center, an expansive, light-filled Center with larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images that allow you to explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell. Other exhibits show how the Bell’s image was used on everything from ice cream molds to wind chimes. Keep your camera handy. Soaring glass walls offer dramatic and powerful views of both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, just a few steps away.
Liberte Urban Chic Lounge serves cocktails in one of Philadelphia’s loveliest settings. And with the Philadelphia Flower Show now on - The world’s largest indoor exhibition of its kind that features landscape displays, horticultural and floral competitions - could there be a better weekend to explore the 34+ wines and countless cocktail combinations in our French inspired setting? Cheers to a magnifique weekend….
The perfect way to finish an evening in Philadelphia.
Magnifique finds in Philadelphia’s this weekend…
We know you expect elegant rooms, gourmet dining and exceptional service. But you will also find a full-size piano in most of our hotels in North America. It’s the little magnifique touches that help us exceed your expectations day-after-day…
The Philly Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week - The first in a series of car shows soon to begin in all of the Sofitel North American cities.
Since the #sofitel #tumblr today suggests some magnifique book shops, could the light-filled chaise lounge in the #presidential suite at Sofitel Philadelphia be the perfect Thursday find?