When Leeann and I arrived in Philly, it was too early to check into the hotel so we grabbed to-go drinks in Reading Terminal and jumped on another double decker bus tour. We saw so many famous sights like the "Rocky Steps" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oldenburg Clothespin, the Betsy Ross House, and hung out in JFK Plaza with the Love sculpture for a while.

By then it was time for lunch and another blogger meetup!
We ate (and drank) at El Vez with Steph and Jules. I could have stayed there talking with them all day long!

After lunch Leeann and I went up to the observation deck of the City Hall Tower.
It was a very creepy elevator ride and a janky little platform, but the view was worth it.


Finally it was time for the main attraction: ONE DIRECTION!

We continued sightseeing the next morning, starting with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
It was so cool to see the very place the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were drafted and signed.

We walked along Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in the country,
and visited Christ Church Burial Ground and Benjamin Franklin's grave.

Leeann and I were exhausted after lunch. We could have filled our remaining hour with another destination, but we were happy to just go back to the hotel and wait for our cab to the airport. We went nonstop for four and a half days with only five hours of sleep each night. I love maximizing my time that way, but by the end, I was dead.

Let's talk about food. We got a soft pretzel, which was nothing special except that it was fifty cents and not five bucks like they are here in Seattle. We got Philly cheese steaks at Sonny's. Mine was a little dry, but that could be because I declined the Cheez Whiz. Tastykake was a definite win. I'm a sucker for a plastic wrapped wannabe pastry or pie. Yum. Leeann said you can sometimes find them at Walmart. I'm gonna have to check into this.

Thankfully my poor foot held up pretty well. I had to take it easy and hopefully didn't slow the girls down too much, but it wasn't as bad as I feared. I also didn't have any anxiety issues. I'm sure that's because I knew the boys were home, safe with Jacob. I also got really lucky and scored exit row seats on the plane both ways. That little bit of extra leg room makes a HUGE difference when you're six feet tall!

It really was a fun vacation! Leeann and I are pretty similar vacationers and had a blast together. I'll be seeing her again in November when we take a family vacation to California, but we need to plan another trip soon. I also loved getting to see so many blog pals! I wish I could move you all into my neighborhood and hang out with you every day!! 


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

It would be so nice if we all lived close, wouldn't it?

You guys hit LOVE Park at a good time, usually there are a bunch of fools jockeying for position in front of the sculpture and you can't get a shot of it alone.

Nooooo! I cannot believe you didn't like the soft pretzel! Did you get it from a Philly Soft Pretzel Factory or from a street vendor?

I usually do my quick trips to other cities like that too - I pack the schedule and we go hard and by the end I'm just DONE. Good job ladies! You got to see and do a lot of stuff!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I need to go to Philly so bad. Another blog buddy has been begging me to come next time I'm home in MD. To be fair all the history a side, which I really want to see, my biggest draw for the town, besides her, is wanting to go to the bar that characters from Always Sunny OWN and also go to the bar that Always Sunny is actually based on. :)

Karen M. Peterson said...

That looks like so much fun. I really want to get to Philadelphia. Looks like a great city!

Allison said...

You guys did so much - more than I did when I was in school in Philly! (No, really.. I only saw the Liberty Bell like... a year ago? Oops!). Seriously, you guys did so much!

Next Philly trip, head to Jim's on South Street for cheesesteaks.. they were my FAVORITE indulgence.

I love your recaps, all the pictures, and how gorgeous my two blogging and now real life friends are! xox

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Wow what a bloody awesome place

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

That pretzel looks so good. #PMS

Jen K said...

I love Philly! We didn't have much time when we visited earlier this year. We need to go back.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I seriously cannot thank you enough for indulging my 1D obsession and taking this incredible trip together! It really was a blast...and interesting ;)

SO excited for SD. If I'm not still working I should meet ya in SD lol.

As soon as the next One Direction tour is announced we can plan our next trip bahaha. I'm so serious too.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

You had such a great time, and pretty much saw the whole city. Love Philly, and I'm glad you two went and had a blast despite your foot. :( So want to go back now.