So back to the subject at hand, the trip to Philly! It all started when my dad mentioned a year ago that he wanted to go to Philadelphia, well plans get made and stuff happens and it had been almost a year and I had memorial day weekend free, so I decided we could take a trip then, taking advantage of the extra day off work. Well bus tickets were expensive and then my friend CJ figured she could ride (rather drive--cause she is oh so good at driving) up with us and see her friend and take our car for the weekend so we did not have to pay the $38/night to park in the city.
|Us driving up to Philly|
|Comcast Center--looks like a flash drive|
|Dad with the 'people' inside comcast center|
|The Huge TV screens in Comcast Center|
Saturday night we had dinner at the Reading Terminal Market. I decided to enjoy some lovely Greek cuisine while Tom went with the traditional Philly Cheese steak sandwich---with the whiz!!! It was quite yummy; since we had a big day planned, we decided to head back to the hotel for some exploring and an early night. We enjoyed some TV and our cookies that we snagged from the Reading Terminal Market as well.
Sunday was jam packed with activities.
First we went to Independence Hall, then we walked through the area around there, seeing Betsy Ross' House, the tomb of the unknown solider, Constitution Center, and Elfreth's Alley; and that was ALL before lunch!
|Dad "holding up" Independence Hall|
|Where the Declaration of Independence was signed.|
|Betsy Ross' House/Flag|
|At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, I loved this!|
|Elfreth's Alley--the oldest continuously inhabited street in the U.S.|
|Benjamin Franklin's Grave|
|Tom King for President 2012!|
|China Town Friendship Gate|
|Dad riding a bike on that wire in the middle of the air at the Franklin Institute. (the bike is counter weighted but it still freaked me out)|
|Eastern State Penitentiary|
|A later cell block, notice this one has 3 floors, versus the original ones that only had 1 floor.|
Sunday night we were quite exhausted, but we still managed a dinner at Maggiano's and a night time trolley tour of the city, where we got to see the boathouse at night time.
On Monday morning, we got up and went to the Zoo for the day before heading home.
|I could not resist, look at that face!|
|This was the momma of the family!|
|A sloth bear, I thought he was so cute, except for the whole, he could rip my face off part!|
|This polar bear was so entertaining to watch as he played with his ball toy!|
|Lastly, Tom doing the Rocky pose at the BOTTOM of the steps, yeah not exactly the same but we were in between two buses so we only had like 2 minutes to spare.|
All in all, it was a fabulous trip. On the way home, CJ and Tom humored me by stopping for a late lunch in Delaware (a state I had never been to), so I could have a meal there and cross it off the list...here is the proof that it happened:
|Lunch at the Charcoal Pit, it was actually quite (VERY) tasty!|
There you have it folks, Philadelphia in 2.5 days, should you desire to take an action packed trip there, I have the top picks, so let me know!