Wednesday, May 24, 2017

anniversary trip | Philadelphia

"all in all, I'd rather be in Philadelphia"

we celebrated our fourth anniversary last week with a long weekend trip to Philadelphia! Thomas has never been and wanted to see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the historic city. it rained the first 2 days of our trip, but we finally got some sunshine on our last full day in the city and spent the entire day outside! we both love exploring around big cities, so it was really fun! i'm including my favorite pictures of the different parts of the city we explored below! 

Downtown Philly
we got to meet up with Julie @ A Hopeful Hood for lunch while we were in Philly which was so much fun! we met her at Reading Market Terminal where there are tons of food vendors and you can basically get anything and everything you want! we walked around city hall & i finally got my photo with the big sorry piece in the board game park i have been dreaming about since high school! i was pretty bummed that LOVE Park was closed for renovations while we were there, but i guess that means we will just have to go back! ;)

Schuykill River Trail
the first photo in this post is my favorite shot from the river trail. i actually saw Julie post an instagram with this part of the skyline and asked her where it was so we could go there during our visit because i loved the shot! it's actually part of the Schuykill River Trail that goes downtown so we had fun exploring the trail for a little while & getting our own shots of this part of the city!

Eastern State Penitentiary
this prison is in downtown Philly and looks like a castle! the grounds are huge though, so it is amazing to me that it's just sitting in the middle of the city. we did this tour on the day that it was raining because most of it is inside. you can read all about the prison here, but it was opened in 1829 and encouraged separate confinement as a way of reform and rehab. the tour we took told a lot about the history and reasons behind what they did, so it was really interesting to learn about!

Historic Philly
this part of town is where all of the historical buildings are as well as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. we did the tour of Independence Hall and Congress Hall, and it was neat to learn so many facts about history that you don't learn in school! we also asked a security officer where to get a good Philly cheesesteak around town and he sent us to Sonny's. they had tons of different cheesesteaks & it was delicious! i got a pizza cheesesteak and Thomas got more of a traditional one. :)

Museum of Art
these are the steps that Rocky Balboa runs up in the movie Rocky, so there is a statue of him at the base of the steps. i've never actually seen the movie, but it seems like whenever there are a large number of steps, you see people re-enacting that part of the movie. we didn't have much time at the museum so we actually didn't go in, we just explored around the grounds.

what's your favorite part of exploring a city?

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