Hi! It has been far too long since I’ve updated you further on my road trip out east. Holidays… whacha gonna do, right? But among all the chaos and preparation here at home to get ready for the holidays and for this baby to come, I am still really antsy to share the rest of my travel adventures. I’ve got a pile of photographs still to come, but for now, here are my photos from Philly!!
We had two more days left before Julie would hop on a plane and head back to LA, so we decided to dedicated one day to Philadelphia and the next to NYC. So we took a day trip into Philadelphia – by far my favorite city to visit. This was not my first time here, but my love for this city is now absolutely solidified. There’s just so much to fall in love with. I felt whimsical and nostalgic as we explored freely – every street holding some kind of treat, even with the concentrated amounts of red brick everywhere you looked. Each stoop so similar but with a charm each it’s own. You simply can’t run out of things to do or see when there’s so much beautiful architecture and such a rich history around every corner.
We only hit a small portion of the city – Mostly anything around South and Market Street and over to Old City and Historic Philadelphia area – probably some of the most touristy areas? It’s hard to know sometimes where to start when planning a single day trip through a large beautiful and historic city. We actually just chose a place we wanted to eat at and started there. Jim’s Steaks was our starting point – though we didn’t end up eating there due to an annoyingly long line… I’m sure we missed out, but we found another place to enjoy that must-have sandwich.
These cobble stone roads were pretty impressive, but really hard to walk on.
This was the only thing that really stopped J in his tracks… Not sure if it was all the keys that made up the statue or the enormous head, but he stopped to gaze up at Benjamin Franklin for a good minute or so. Impressive.
So I didn’t actually intend to photograph the horse manure catcher, but I was photographing down at my hip and using a setting that would take a moment for the shutter to react, so instead of the carriage I ended up with the horses behind… but funny, I don’t actually mind the picture. hehe…
Even though the steam coming up from the sewers is actually pretty disgusting, I can’t help but love it. If you don’t think about it so much you find that it adds another dreamy dimension to the city streets.
The time came for a warm drink in our belly’s. So we stopped off at a cozy cafe. It made all the difference.
Finally, before getting back in the car and calling it a day, we stopped in at a thrift store across the street from where we were parked. So glad we did! I found four 8-track tapes for $.50 each! Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club, Pink Floyd, Diane Warwick, and Billy Joel… not too bad, right? FYI this thrift store wasn’t badly priced. I actually didn’t find myself irritated by the prices every time I picked something up (however they had signs up everywhere giving warning that they would be raising their prices at the new year… I guess selling free stuff just costs too much these days).