Vacation Part III: Philadelphia

Now I must say, I had no idea what to expect when we went to Philadelphia. We had a 5 hour drive from Boston to Philly, and when we got there we only had one thing in mind: Philly Cheese Steak. And man, does this city deliver. (Probably a big reason why I gained 2 lbs…)

Philly cheese steak

We hadn’t eaten much of anything all day, saving up for these awesome sandwiches. I had heard from other people that Philly is very “urban”. I really didn’t know what that meant, like a polite way of saying that it’s a rough town? For our sandwiches we went to Pat’s King of Steaks, which was in an area that did not feel touristy at all, which I actually liked! It was a bit rough around the edges, and not really somewhere I would want to be at night. But I still really enjoyed that experience.

This was the view from our hotel, this is the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.


Our hotel was in Penn’s Landing, which was such a cool part of town! Interesting restaurants and stores around every corner. Plus everything felt old and historic. We stumbled upon this amazing ice cream place, the Franklin Fountain.

Franklin Fountain

Everything feels very 1920’s on the inside, even the guys working there were wearing bow ties! And that line, it was out the door!

Franklin Fountain

Franklin Fountain

We ordered a sundae called the Southern Sympathizer… we just couldn’t help ourselves being southerners and all! πŸ™‚ And this was the MOST amazing icecream either of us had ever had, and that includes Disney World! Everything is made there, and it was all very flavorful!

The next day we walked around Philly and just tried to get to know the town a bit before it was time for us to head home. We visited China Town, which I was not terribly excited about. But it was actually a really cool experience having so many people speaking Chinese around us, and all the signs being in Chinese! Plus the food was awesome. We tried a dim sum restaurant on Race Street, I can’t remember the name of it though!

Dim Sum!

After lunch we walked to the center of town and took a picture at the Love statue!


Philly is a beautiful city, and we enjoyed it so much! I loved how each neighborhood had a very distinctive character. Such an amazing place! Beautiful architecture, and great people. We want to visit again so we can see the rest of the city!


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