A Day Trip to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

I always start my weekends with the best of intentions to do a ton of work on the blog and write multiple posts. And sometimes I do, and it’s great, and I feel so productive! But sometimes, Sunday night rolls around, it’s 9 p.m. and BAM I don’t have lunch prepared for the week, I haven’t done a blog post, and my room is a mess. This past weekend was one of those weekends. It got weirdly busy, and I pretty much got nothing done. And because of photo issues, getting an outfit post up today just wasn’t happening. So instead, I’m doing a look back at my ten hours in Philly last weekend!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

One of my good friends from college moved to Philadelphia last fall and we’ve been meaning to visit every since. It’s such a quick trip from NYC, and I’ve never been inside Philadelphia proper (I have been to the suburban Philly area, back in college.) And with a limited number of summer weekends available, we decided to do a day trip last weekend.

We arrived at about 10 a.m., after catching a 8 a.m. Greyhound from the Port Authority. (Yuck.) The Greyhound station was right near Reading Terminal Market, so we walked around for a bit and I ate a Philly pretzel. (Very, very tasty!) We then walked over to our brunch locale, Continental Midtown, which took us through Rittenhouse Square.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

I didn’t take any photos of our brunch (bad blogger!), which you’ll see is a recurring theme throughout this post. It was, however, delicious. We all started with London Iced Teas, which tasted sort of like a Pimms, one of my favorite across the pond drinks. The real highlight of the meal, however, was the French onion soup dumplings. So cheesy, so good! The vibe there was really cool, too, with hanging cage chairs and a sort of retro-diner feel.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

We walked around Center City after that, and did a little shopping. We popped into Jack Wills, which always has the best gallery wall. Seriously, it’s insane! And all the posters are British-themed, too, so obviously, I love them.

Afterwards, we hopped in an Uber and headed over to the Liberty Bell. It was the big sight all of us out-of-towners wanted to see while we were there, and while I can’t say it was thrilling (after all, it is just a bell) it was still cool to see + interesting to read about the history of it, which I didn’t really know anything about. We had to wait in a bit of a line to get in, but nothing crazy! I’d say we were in the building within 15 minutes.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

It was really hot, so we were all ready to relax and sit down for a bit after seeing the bell. My friend directed us to Independence Beer Garden, which was right across the way from the Liberty Bell. This space is huge + with good snacks and drinks. There’s also a happy hour with cheaper prices! We hung out here for a while, and I took 30 minutes to call my dad (it was Father’s Day!). Luckily, too, it was covered, because it started pouring while we were there!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Travel Guide and Photo Diary // Pearl Girl
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I knew I wanted to see Elfreth’s Alley (and let’s face it, take a few pictures, because it’s adorable!). It’s the oldest residential street in the U.S., and reminded me a bit of Acorn Street in Boston. We walked down the street and snapped a couple of photos. The houses are so cute, but I don’t actually think I’d want to live there — too many tourists!

Our last stop? Cheesesteaks! You can’t go to Philly without getting one. We Ubered down to South Philly, where my roommate Taylor and I split a cheesesteak wit (with onions, in non-Philly speak) and cheese whiz. Sounds a little gross, but it was so tasty!

And then we Ubered back to the bus station to catch the 8 p.m. back to NYC! It was an exhausting day, but a fun one with good friends. I definitely need to plan another trip to Philly to see the Rocky steps, explore the museums and more neighborhoods, and eat another cheesesteak. #Truth.

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  • Kate

    Love all the architecture
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

    • Isn’t it so beautiful? I wanted to move into one of these little houses!