A few weekends ago, I went to Philadelphia with my sister to visit my cousin and her husband. They're the ones that used to live in Houston. I think my whole extended family - those of us that live in the northeast - was pretty excited to have them living so much closer. We did a ton of walking; Philadelphia is super walkable. And I have some snaps and recommended activities to share! This is quite a photo-heavy post; you've been warned.
Philadelphia Library Rare Book Department
If you're a history buff and a book lover, I would definitely recommend a visit to the library's rare book department. It's totally free and super cool. The library itself is gorgeous, so if you like architecture, this is a fun stop for that too.
They were starting to set up the Christmas Village at the Love Park the weekend we were visiting. I wished they'd been fully set up, but it was nice just to see the tree. If you're an avid instagrammer, this is where you need to come and pose.
Philadelphia City Hall
Just across the street from the Love Park is City Hall. If you've ever been to Paris, you might notice that its architecture is remarkably similar to Hôtel de Ville. Also similarly, this one also has an ice skating rink set up in the cold season.
Of course, if you're in Philly, you've got to visit this area of town. It's almost as if you've traveled back in time. We didn't actually go inside the buildings or check out the Liberty Bell, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't either.
Elfreth's Alley is America's oldest street; it basically looks just as it did hundreds of years ago when it was first established. This is another hot spot for you Instagrammers.
Heading out of Elfreth's Alley, you're likely to run into Betsy Ross's house. You know, the seamstress who made the Colonial flag. For some reason, there's a fountain with cat statuaries in her front yard. I feel like whoever put it there was trying to make her out to be some sort of spinster.
There's tons of Ben Franklin stuff everywhere you go. This statue's a particularly cute one, I think.
This is probably a cool spot, if you're into money. And not into money like a gold digger. Into money like, a coin collector or someone who enjoys the printing and minting process.Big Ben at Franklin Town
Yet another Ben statue. Dude is popular in this town.
The Mutter Museum is not for those with queasy stomachs. It's a super gross display of medical oddities and lots of nasty looking wax replicas as well as actual wet specimens. I freaking loved it because I love getting kind of grossed out and creeped out and scared. Lucky for most of you, photography isn't allowed inside the display area, so I don't have any nasty snaps to share. However, I will tell you that there is a "megacolon" on display. There was a man whose colon grew humongous and blocked up with 40 lbs. of poo. And that actual dried out colon is on display. GROSS, RIGHT?!
By the way, I'm sharing the food in a separate post, so come back for that!