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 

philadelphia bedroom airbnb
philadelphia bedroom airbnb
my favorite position is ceo

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.

philadelphia  street
thrift store philadelphia jinxed passyunk

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

philadelphia 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.

penitentiary philadelphia
penitentiary philadelphia al capone cell

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.

Magic Gardens

philadelphia magic gardens

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.

magic gardens philadelphia
philadelphia magic gardens

City Center

city hall philadelphia

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.

love park philadelphia

Reading Terminal 

reading terminal philadelphia
philly cheese steaks philadelphia

Of course we had to get cheesesteaks.

philadelphia soda flavors

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.

philadelphia ice cream

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.