Patrick and I took a quick trip down to Philadelphia last weekend and oh my god - it was everything we wanted. We went in with no expectations, yet somehow, Philly exceeded them all. The trip from NYC is only two-ish hours away, so it's honestly such a perfect getaway if you need one.
Where we stayed
We rented out an Airbnb, and had the greatest night's sleep. I supposed we've forgotten what it's like to not have people yelling outside of your window at night, or your neighbors playing music 24/7. The neighborhood was still right in the city - yet it was so quiet at night.
The neighborhood had so many cute shops - we especially loved Jinxed - which was an antique store/tattoo parlor. Everything was inexpensive and it was so hard not getting this amazing sailor painting.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary was our first stop - we took the audio tour (to much of my horror -audio tours look so lame) but it ended up being incredible and also pretty creepy. The building is pretty much an abandoned fortress in the middle of Philly, with 30+ feet stone walls.
The penitentiary held prisoners from 1829 until 1971. This is especially cool because there are quite a lot of people alive today who actually lived in the prison. They had a few of these men speak during the tour about their time there.
Eastern State was home to some pretty notable criminals. Above was the cell of Al Capone and a dog named Pep that was incarcerated for killing a cat.
Ahhh the Magic Gardens was so cool. This area reminded me so much of Barcelona, I wish it could have gone on forever. Isaiah Zagar built the Magic Gardens all on his own, and it's pretty incredible. I could have just spent hours here looking at everything.
This was another great example of not having any expectations - yet having them exceeded. City Hall was such a beautiful site - that architecture! The Love statue was a biiiit small - but it really was nice to see it in person. I love this picture because a girl walking by saw Patrick and I trying to take a selfie in front of the Love statue - and said, "are y'all going for the selfie look - or do you want me to take a pic?" which I though was so nice. Patrick decided to keep his eyes closed for the pic.
Of course we had to get cheesesteaks.
We stopped by a soda shop and LOLed at the flavors for way too long. Some of the most interesting flavors: Ranch Dressing Soda, Peanut Butter and Jelly Soda, and Sweet Corn Soda.
Oh my god... this ice cream. That's all I can say.
All in all, I would give Philly a 10/10. Our time there was just so much fun, it was one of those weekends where everything somehow went miraculously just right. The weather was nice, the people were friendly - Patrick even heard that he got the job he was hoping for. I'm already looking forward to our next trip.