Yes, this morning we went up 458 feet to the viewing deck under the statue of William Penn at the top of Philadelphia City Hall, the largest municipal building in this country. The most stomach curdling part was the ride up in the elevator from the 7th floor. The door is glass, so you can see yourself hurtling skyward and passing the inside of the giant clock face which looks out over the city. I had only done this once before, and the inside of the clock still makes an impression. (photo Wikipedia)
But the biggest thrill is looking over the City of Brotherly Love from the building which was the tallest in the City until 1987 (when One Liberty Place, then Two Liberty Place were built-far right below). Not only that, but the glass skylights gave us a view of the statue of William Penn by Alexander Milne Calder on top of the building
begun in 1871. There had been much controversy at the time when it replaced a park and water pumping station and blocked through access on both Market and Broad Streets. There is now a traffic clogged circle around this enormous building if you wish to continue on either one of these main thorofares--which you will want to do unless you are on foot as we were and passed through the courtyard in the center of the building, giving full pedestrian access.
This time of year, they have an ice rink in Dilworth Plaza on the South front, and there is a Christmas Market here and a short distance away in Love Park (home of the Love statue, which seems to be in hiding). The good news for me was that they had a booth selling my all time favorite, strudel. I brought home some apricot and some cherry pastries on the train carrying me back to Wilmington. Can't wait to try it!!