Wish You Were? PHL Staff Share Staycation Stories for Travel and Tourism Week

PHL employees miss seeing passengers filling the terminals, either coming to visit Philadelphia or possibly heading on an exciting vacation. Staff members also miss being able to travel from PHL. To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, members of PHL’s Marketing and Communications teams upped their staycation game by remembering favorite trips from the past or thinking about where they’d like to go once it’s safe to travel.


Kate Sullivan, Director of Marketing

I had brought A LOT of chocolate bars back from Paris, from a Thanksgiving trip my husband and I took last year. Our favorite experiences from that trip included visiting patisserieschocolate shops and even a shop devoted to meringue. We broke out our chocolate stash and starting baking, and spent a weekend feasting on foods that brought back memories of exploring a city known for its amazing food.  

Day 1: Like many posts where people reminisce about their trip to Paris, this is a veiled attempt to brag: 


I MADE KOUIGN-AMANN! FROM LAMINATED DOUGH! THAT I MADE FROM SCRATCH! USING THIS RECIPE

The first in-process picture I remembered to take after the pressure of folding the dough every 30 minutes without messing up the chilled butter in it 

A highly technical process called “squishing the dough into the muffin tin” 

Day 2: We paid less-authentic tribute to France and watched my favorite 80s comedy... Better Off Dead. Specifically, we paid tribute to the scene where Lane’s mom prepares an “authentic” meal for Monique, the exchange student from France, that consisted of “French fries...and French dressing... and French bread.” I made my favorite French toast.


Dave Rosenblum, Photographer/Videographer: 

I’m an explorer by nature, always seeking out a new adventure. I had many trips planned in my head and was looking forward to some travel in 2020. Unfortunately, when then pandemic hit, I was stuck inside like everyone else. After almost two months, I have already conquered the exploration of my apartment and super ready for new adventures. Having a little fun with the idea of exploring and in the spirit of travel, I had this idea that I could pretend to explore a strange new land from my Fishtown apartment and while exploring, I even managed to see a few wildlife animals in their natural habitat. For now, my imagination is keeping me going, but I look forward to the day that I can travel and explore again!


Heather Redfern, Public Affairs Manager:

The Beatles are my all-time favorite band and I was scheduled to take a fan’s ultimate bucket list trip in June- 10 days in London and Liverpool. From Abbey Road to Strawberry Fields and the Cavern Club, I was going to walk in the footsteps of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Since this was also going to be my first trip to England, I was excited to visit Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, ride the London Eye, tour The Kingsman movie locations in a black cab and maybe get a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth II during Trooping the Color.  Then COVID-19 hit and the trip I was anticipating for almost a year was put on hold.  For now, I’ll listen to the Fab Four at home, surrounded by the Queen and my English-themed décor, while enjoying Cadbury Dairy Milk and keeping my fingers crossed that I can take my rescheduled trip later this year.

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215-600-6105
heather.redfern@phl.org
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