TBT: My 21st Birthday Trip to Philadelphia

In honor of “throwback Thursday” I am finally getting around to telling y’all about my October trip to Philly. Shame on me for not having this posted sooner.. but maybe it’ll make for an entertaining Christmas Eve read? Maybe not. We’ll see. 😀

I went to celebrate my 21st birthday because apparently that’s a big deal or something (I jest- I know it’s a big deal). A road trip to one of my favorite cities with some of my favorite people seemed the perfect plan, and boy oh boy was it!

We saw and did so much in the three day trip that it would take an entire book to relay it, so I’ll just write about the highlights. Lucky for you (but mainly for me), one of my best friends is a professional photographer (check out her blog!!!) so we got some really great shots of memories I’ll never let go. 🙂

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We hit the streets, coffee in hand. Brittany ran ahead to take this picture that I like to refer to as a Vogue moment.. It’s not really Vogue.. but that’s what I think of when I see it, so deal. 😉
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Our first stop was the Liberty Bell. It was with great frustration that we later learned the reason we weren’t allowed to touch it was because some stupid tourist tried to finish breaking it open ten years ago. Ugh. Even though the roped off area was busy with onlookers, it’s still a striking and awe-inspiring moment to gaze on this piece of history. 🙂
There was this really cool brick window cut-out thing outside of the liberty bell exhibit, so Brittany and I decided it was the perfect time to snaps some photos. Megh and Kelsey decided to jump in, too. We're not sure what was happening in picture left, but picture right is what we were aiming for. :D
There was this really cool brick window cut-out thing outside of the liberty bell exhibit, so Brittany and I decided it was the perfect time to snap some photos. Megh and Kelsey decided to jump in, too. We’re not sure what was happening in picture left, but picture right is what we were aiming for. 😀

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Our next stop was Independence Hall where we met the literal funniest tour guide in tour guide-ism history. I wish I could remember his name.. Probably would have if I had posted this back in October… *sigh* Just stepping foot in these amazing rooms where American history officially began was enough to inspire tears. I had the chance to Robin Hood on the very spot where Honest Abe raised the American flag, which was cool. Oh, and that door lock was sweet so I made Brittany snap a photo of it. 🙂
Megh and I were OBSESSED with touching anything we could touch that a founding father may have come in contact with.. We may have even gotten in trouble for entering a staff closet to touch the original stone on a building... but shhh, don't tell mom. ;)
Megh and I were OBSESSED with touching anything we could touch that a founding father may have come in contact with.. We may have even gotten in trouble for entering a staff closet to touch the original stone on a building… but shhh, don’t tell mom. 😉

 

We were already a bit sore in the feet, so we decided it was time to hire a horse drawn carriage. It's such a beautiful way to tour the most amazing historical city in America (at least in my opinion), so you have to try it if you're ever in Philly. Our horse, Vick, was actually famous after making appearances in several TV episodes and a movie.
We were already a bit sore in the feet (not really, we just like horses), so we decided it was time to hire a carriage. It’s such a beautiful way to tour the most amazing historical city in America (at least in my opinion), so you have to try it if you’re ever in Philly. Our horse, Vick, was actually famous after making appearances in several TV episodes and a movie.
We visited Christ Church which was established in the 1700s and is still used for weekly services to this day. This is the church that was attended by the founding fathers! We met this really nice guy who loved our love for the history of such a beautiful church, so he gave us exclusive access to the platform (where Megh and I touched something George Washington touched). He also let me step foot in the very first public lending library in America (which is now a supply closet... heh heh). :D
We visited Christ Church which was established in the 1700s and is still used for weekly services to this day. This is the church that was attended by the founding fathers! We met this really nice guy who loved our love for the history of such a beautiful church, so he gave us exclusive access to the platform (where Megh and I touched something George Washington touched). He also let me step foot in the very first public lending library in America (which is now a supply closet… heh heh). 😀
This is our group (pictured left to right: Kelsey, Brittany, Meghan and Me) sitting in George Washington's pew! Unfortunately these pews aren't original, but that chandelier above is!
This is our group (pictured left to right: Kelsey, Brittany, Meghan and Me) sitting in George Washington’s pew! Unfortunately these pews aren’t original, but that chandelier above is!
Kelsey located this amazing book store across the street from the church, so we went inside and OBVIOUSLY I posed for a lot of pics. It's not everyday you stumble across a used bookstore with such character (takemebackpleaseandthanks).
Kelsey located this amazing book store across the street from the church, so we went inside and OBVIOUSLY I posed for a lot of pics. It’s not everyday you stumble across a used bookstore with such character (takemebackpleaseandthanks).

We also did things like stop by the outside of Edgar Allen Poe’s house and Betsy Ross’s house. We ate a ton of delicious food and I had the very best gluten-free burger and chocolate cake ever. Kelsey and Megh were able to have some really amazing Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and we all had our mouths stuffed with junk food each night. It ain’t a party if there ain’t junk food.

The trip was short but action packed and I can’t wait to go back to Philly. There’s still so much to see and do!

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Have you been to Philly? What should I check out next time I’m there?

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