Two weeks ago I went on a long weekend trip to Philadelphia (which I call Philly because I’m cool and lazy). It was a much-needed break from the daily grind. Accompanying me on my adventure was my good friend Donia. Donia lived in Philly for several years so she was an unofficial guide and partner in nonsense. My first thought about Philly is that the roads are about the same quality as they were in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Also, I didn’t know/forgotten that the city was on the Delaware River. The river has a Naval Yard, shipping yard, and some pretty fancy boathouses by the art museum.
Upon arrival at our hotel, Donia and I immediately decided that we needed to find some dinner. Food was a big part of our Philly trip as we both love food. For our first meal, we decided to get Philly cheesesteaks as one does when they are in Philly. Geno’s Steaks on S. 9th Street is one of the city’s most popular cheesesteak destinations. Geno’s Steaks does not have inside seating so come prepared if you come in early March! We ate our sandwiches in the car while Facetiming my mom. I’m super picky about my cheesesteaks and these were amazing!
Every year there is a huge flower show at the convention center in downtown Philly. Thousands of people visit themed exhibits, attend workshops, and browse vendors for new gardening gadgets or natural beauty supplies. We attended the show Friday morning and it was very crowded. If I was to go back again I would try to find when is the best time to go for optimal viewing. Despite the crowds, we got to see some amazing flowers. This year’s theme was the “wonders of water” so the main exhibit was a huge rainforest you could walk through and around. You don’t have to have a green thumb to enjoy all that the Philadelphia Flower Show has to provide!
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
No trip to Philly would ever be complete without a trip to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Even if you aren’t a history buff like myself, there is something special about seeing the place where America’s freedom was born. The Liberty Bell is an easy self-guided tour ending in the famous bell itself. The bell itself is larger than I imagined and exudes a majesty befitting its long history.
Donia and I learned that the only way to visit Independence Hall is to have tickets. Tickets are free and can be received across the street at the Independence Visitor Center. In addition to having tickets, a tour is the only way to get inside. If you have some time to wait before your tour, head over to 18 S. 3rd Street to Menagerie Coffee for a quick cup of coffee and a sweet snack. Independence Hall is beautiful and well worth the annoyance of the having to be part of a tour group.
After our tour of Independence Hall, Donia and I took a brisk walk to Reading Market. Reading Market is a foodies paradise. There are so many restaurants, delis, and shops that are crowded into one building that I lost count. There is also a shop where one can buy fresh produce at great prices. Donia and I got strawberries, blueberries, and grapes to take home to our families. I will definitely be stopping by Reading Marking the next time I am in Philly.
If I recorded all the things Donia and I did on our trip to Philly this blog would be longer than it is already. It is safe to say that our girls trip was a huge success and we are busy planning another! I am hoping to share more of my adventures with you on the blog! What is your favorite place to visit in Philly? Let me know in the comments below!