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Welcome to Philly!


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Hey y’all!

So, if you seen my IG or Snap Chat stories last weekend then you probably knew that I traveled to Philly. Why Philly you ask? It was a dirt cheap flight that I had to take advantage of. Guess how much my ticket cost! $46 roundtrip flight from Birmingham to Philadelphia!!! Would you have not done the same? Exactly… bookedt it! Lol I’m not sure if you guys have heard about Frontier or not but I was a little skeptical. I had heard good and bad reviews of the airline carrier but decided to go for it and gather my own opinion, so I decided to go ahead and book it. Mind you, I haven’t flown since the 5th grade Washington D.C. trip. By the way do kids even still have that as a field trip? Anyways, I booked the flight and chose to only bring on a personal item, which in my case was a backpack. I purchased a bag from Amazon to hold all of my personal belongings and I must say that it carried a decent amount. In my bag I had 2 pairs of tights, 1 skirt, 2 pairs of jeans, 5 t-shirts, 2 pairs of flip flops, 3 bras and several undies, along with all of my toiletries. Packing was a bit difficult but I managed and think I packed pretty well for a 4 day trip. I was trying to fly the cheapest way possible because it didn’t make since for me to pay more for my bags than the ticket that I had purchased. But on to the flight, the flight actually went better than I expected! Of course there was the normal turbulence and what not, the flight arrived on time and in route back to Birmingham we actually arrived earlier than expected. Oh yeah, this was a non-stop flight so can I say round trip $46 one more time. But while in Philly I was able to do everything that I wanted to do with some prior planning. Once we arrived in Philly we were able to get a ride from my mentor’s daughter to our AirBnB. She was able to give us a nice tour of the area we were staying in and on our first stop we decided to try a slice of pizza from Lorenzo’s! Never in my life have a known pizza to be this huge. (See video below)

Our next stop was a night tour of the downtown area and OMG Philadelphia’s City Hall is spectacular at night. I wasn’t expecting it to be so grand. The architecture, colors, and lighting of this building was absolutely amazing, you’d have to see it to believe it!  Once we returned from the tour we were able to check into our AirBnB home. Our AirBnB was a beautifully decorated townhome close to Center City and in a nice part of town.

The next morning we were able to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art to run the steps of course and view the “Rocky statue”. While we were there we seen Andrew Zimmern, culinary chef and host of Bizarre Foods. I wanted to ask for a pic but the security crew was there, but I hope I was able to make one of the shots they recorded lol.

Next stop we visited Eastern State Penitentiary. This attraction was actually really cool! The penite2ntiary is no longer in use but was a model for many modern designs used today. This penitently was massive. I believe it had 9 wings with a central rotunda that allowed you to view each wing. Time has taken its toll on the building but it definitely makes it unique.

Oh yeah, I did forget to mention that we walked everywhere. I walked the calories off but when I’m out of town, I do what I want and just as well eat what I want. So of course you know what came next!? FOOD!!!! I had scoped this place while researching and found that it was right around the corner from our AirBnB. We went to Tootsie’s Soul Food Cafe and I must say it didn’t disappoint. Don’t jump on me y’all but I always thought Soul Food was a southern thing so I had to see what this place was all about. Man, man, man smh we started off with their Corn muffins and strawberry butter. Ohhh Lorty, they were so good. I really want the recipe for those sweet muffins. As for food, I ordered the Chicken and Waffles, Mac and cheese and yams. smh x 3. That was some true soul food cooking and I know whoever in the kitchen gotta be from Mississippi or Alabama. Lol

The next stop was the Race Street Pier where I got some tasty Cotton Candy Italian Ice and viewed the beautiful Ben Franklin Bridge. #ImATotalBridgeLover

After about another 30 minute walk we went to Reading Market Terminal. So if you’re wondering what Reading Market Terminal is… it is a Market full of food, sweets, natural products, jewelry and clothing. This was one of my top places to visit while I planned the trip. Man oh man, it was sweets galore and ya girl love her some sweets! Cakes, pies, candy, doughnuts, chocolates, you name it they had it. After leaving the market of course we had to visit The Liberty Bell.

Later that night we were joined by a friend and took to the Philly streets. We did finally have a car by this time but parking is nothing like where I’m from. That’s one thing I don’t think I’ll ever care for when I move to a new a city but any who, that night we decided to go to the Chinese Lantern Festival. I found this on the City of Philadelphia website and had to check it out in person. Unfortunately we got there minutes before they closed so we weren’t able to go in but I peeked through the gate to get a glimpse before our departure. It looked really cool and I hate that I missed but it’s definitely an attraction to see if you are in the area.

On our last day we made two stops before heading to the airport. I’m sure you could guess one of them. Not too sure of what it is? You know we couldn’t go to Philly and not have a Philly Cheesesteak! Yep, I had the pleasure of trying my first cheesesteak in Philly. So we went to Geno’s, who is well known for their cheesesteaks. I had a cheesesteak with cheese whiz and it was sooooooo good! We also went to the One Liberty Observation Deck downtown to get amazing view of the city from the 52nd floor.

Overall, I had really good time for a cheap dime lol and I must say that out of all the trips I’ve taken, I did the most on this one. Well that was the rundown and I’m happy you guys came to share in my experience of Philly. Have you ever visited Philadelphia, and if so, what places did you visit?

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