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EXPERIENCING PHILADELPHIA FOR THE FIRST TIME – DAY 2

February 23, 2016 in Trips in Eastern United States

At the beginning of January I took a trip to Philadelphia with Brandon as he bought me tickets to see and meet Chase Rice for Christmas.  I had so much fun the first day in Philly and I couldn’t wait to see the rest of the city.  Check out the post from day 1 here.


Day 2 – Exploring the City of Philadelphia

La Colombe Torrefaction
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Our first stop after a night of very little sleep was La Colombe Torrefaction.  We basically run on coffee almost every single day, and on this day, it was absolutely necessary.  This little coffee shop was tucked in the first floor of a building in downtown Philly.  It was a very modern coffee shop with only a few choices (i.e. if you’re a fan of sweetened drinks – this probably isn’t for you).  Nonetheless, I believe I had a mocha and it was fantastic.  They offered real sugar rather than artificial sweeteners for people to sweeten drinks themselves.


Liberty Bell Center
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After getting our caffeine fuel, we hopped right next door to check out the Liberty Bell.  Going into the building where the actual bell is located felt a lot like getting through airport security.  Your bags are put through an x-ray machine exactly like the ones at the airport and you are required to walk through a metal detector.  It’s a little it daunting, however, you ARE walking into a tremendous part of American history.
The story of the Liberty Bell is spelled out along walls and television screens throughout the building.  At the very end of the building, you find the Liberty Bell standing tall.  We thoroughly enjoyed this stop and the historical significance behind it.  Admission to see the Liberty Bell is FREE.


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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This was one of my favorite stops on our trip.  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier resides in the beautiful Washington Square Park.  If you aren’t paying attention along your stroll, this can be an easy monument to miss.  However, I recommend you swing by and pay your respects.  This is an elegant and tasteful tribute to those who passed during the American Revolutionary War.  It’s definitely worth seeing.


Philly Pretzel Factory
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This was a quick stop along our walk to satisfy our hunger!  We split the cheese steak pretzel and to my surprise, it was AMAZINGLY good!  If you have a second and need a bite to eat, I highly recommend it!  If this doesn’t sound like your thing, they have regular soft pretzels, cinnamon, and more.


John F. Kennedy Plaza AKA “Love Park” 
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I have to admit, I was a little bit thrown off by Love Park upon arrival.  I expected something different from what I was seeing.  A few tourists were there aside from us, and people trying to take advantage of them by “accepting donations” for taking photos using the tourist’s cameras.  Not a new concept, but annoying to say the least.  I was also surprised by the number of homeless lingering in the park.  I didn’t stick around long before moving on.  Nonetheless, I ws happy to kick this one off of my bucket list.
UPDATE: Love Park is now undergoing renovations and is expected to be finished in 2017.


Reading Terminal Market
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Reading Terminal Market was a fun place that we accidentally stumbled upon.  The market consists of a large variety of restaurants, baked goods, and more – all in one location.  No matter what you like to eat, I challenge you to NOT find something that appeals to you here!


Benjamin Franklins Grave
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Located directly behind the Wyndham in the Christ Church Burial Ground is the famous Benjamin Franklin’s grave. The burial ground is closed to the public unless a small fee for admission is paid. This was a wonderful historical stop along the way. Franklin’s grave happens to be at the very edge of the fence, making it easy for those on the outside to get a look at.  As you may notice, people often leave coins on his stone.  There are also plaques outside of the fence for people to read and brush up on their history.


There is SO much to see in Philadelphia and I’m sure there are many things that we missed. Fortunately, we don’t live far so getting back won’t be too difficult. I recommend everyone swing by and pursue the city if the opportunity comes around!

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