Our Summer Travels: Philadelphia

With Independence Day right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with a quick trip to Philadelphia? We were there last weekend, and it was amazing! I’d never been to Philly before (except for many, many layovers at the airport, but that doesn’t count), and found myself almost overwhelmed by the sense of history. Here are a few pictures that totally don’t do the city justice, but will hopefully convey the feel of our long-weekend getaway:

Our first glimpse of Philly from afar.

Our first glimpse of Philly from afar.

First night's dinner at City Tavern: smoked pork chop.

First night’s dinner at City Tavern: smoked pork chop, 18th century style.

long gallery

The “long gallery” at City Tavern.

View of City Hall from Love Park.

View of City Hall from Love Park, en route from our hotel to Reading Terminal.

The Liberty Bell as seen through a side-view window (the line to get into the building was hours long).

The Liberty Bell as seen through a side-view window (the line to get into the building was multi-hours).

Visiting Betsy Ross at her home.

Visiting Betsy Ross at her home.

Elfreth's Alley - America's oldest residential neighborhood.

Elfreth’s Alley – America’s oldest residential neighborhood.

Eastern State Penitentiary, now a museum.

Eastern State Penitentiary, now a museum and National Historic Landmark.

My 11-year-old's breakfast buffet plate. Future food stylist, perhaps?

My 11-year-old’s breakfast buffet plate. Future food stylist?

We loved our trip to Philadelphia, but left wishing we’d had time to do so much more. Methinks a return visit is in order. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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4 Responses to Our Summer Travels: Philadelphia

  1. Heather, sounds like a wonderful patriotic trip for the Fourth of July. Great photos and I love how your son arranged his plate. Definitely a future food stylist!

    My family went to Philadelphia when I was ten. We also went to the Betsy Ross house and to see the Liberty Bell. My husband went to Philadelphia on business often. On one visit he brought back a souvenir Liberty Bell, the same size my parents bought when I was a kid.

    Happy Fourth of July!

  2. J.Q. Rose says:

    Indeed the perfect patriotic post to celebrate America’s birthday. Your photos are wonderful. I’ve seen the Liberty Bell twice, once really close up when it wasn’t in its own little building with 1000 tourists waiting in line and second time was in its new little home. Thankfully we got there very early and didn’t have to wait in a queue like at Disney!! Love Philadelphia too and all that marvelous history, Have a fabulous Fourth of July weekend! PS–my blog post for the travelogue is a re blog of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. That is as traditional as America’s apple pie!

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