I am back from my trip to Philadelphia.
I had booked an accommodation in Germantown, and was surprised and concerned by many negative posts and warnings about Germantown.
I am very glad that I stayed in Germantown, after all. It’s a lovely historic town. Yes, I agree that some areas should be avoided, e.g. Germantown ave near Chelten ave.
I walked throughout the neighborhood, and found it charming and safe. I lived on Wayne ave, and took the train at Tulpehocken station.
It was unusually warm during my stay (the first decade of October), every morning I walked past old fashioned villas, lavish green plants, vast lawns. When I returned in the evening, I heard night birds chirping and crickets singing :)
I was favorably impressed by regional trains. There are still conductors who punch tickets with their clicking tools! It was like going back in time! And of course, I enjoyed the QuietRide policy on the train!
Thanks to the warm weather I was able to walk a lot and explore Philadelphia on foot. I visited Independence Hall, Academy of Fine Arts, Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, the cemetery where Benjamin Franklin is buried and many other places of interest.