By Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau regularly hosts trips to Philadelphia by overseas bloggers, hoping for good press back in their home countries. We met up with bloggers from France as they were checking out the fashion, food, and culture of the city.
Before her visit, French foodie blogger Joelle Dubois had some notions about Philadelphia. “I didn’t think nothing special but friends of mine thought it was a city for old people. They told me, ‘Oh no, when you’re young you go to New York and when you’re old you go to Philadelphia.’ But I will go back to France and say that’s not true.”
Dubois also said the best places she ate in Philadelphia were top burger joint PYT and Del Frisco’s steak house.
Also on the trip, filmmaker Tanya Houlbert said it was not only her first visit to Philadelphia, it was her first trip to the United States. “I really want to come back here with friends or family to visit the piano bar, the Barnes Foundation and maybe other sites. It really is a nice town.”
Delphine Desneiges is the creator of the fashion and culture blog, Deedee Paris. “I really like the city actually. It’s like New York but without all the people and all the crowd, and it’s really cooler and the people are nicer too. It’s really nice.”
The group stayed at the newly redesigned Radisson Blu Warwick – and toured Old City, Fairmount, Northern Liberties and stopped at the dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon.
Desneiges says “I really loved the Barnes Foundation it’s not a conventional way to present paintings, so it was quite interesting to see it. What I also liked was the dueling of the piano we didn’t know all the songs so it was a little difficult to get into it but it was really fun to see all the people, all together and the duel.”
Would she come back to Philadelphia? “Yea I hope so, seriously.”
If you’d like to see a French view of Philadelphia, check out their blogs: