Two days in another city, and this time it was the City of Brotherly Love. I spent 48 Hours in Philly, with NYCgo (you might’ve seen my trip to Washington, DC, with them). Accompanied by my photographer and friend, Kathryn Burress, we took Philadelphia by storm, and quite literally, I might add. Our trip was replete with plenty of snow, as we were in the midst of winter’s downfall. Nevertheless, we got to visit a few iconic places, that were altogether beautiful and some bizarre. Think: spooky museums, sex shops, and haunted prisons.
Arriving fairly early, at Loews Philadelphia, we prepped for a full on snow-day. Our first stop was Rittenhouse Square, where the snow was fresh and uncharted. Kath and I walked around all day under snowflakes, stopping for coffee at Konditori, and checking out the sites. In the evening (shown on my Instagram Highlights) we visited the Mütter Museum, which was totally haunted! I had a hard time walking past the isle of deformed babies in giant mason jars, but the experience was worth the trip.
I scouted places in Philly, prior to our visit, noting an adorable carousel at Franklin Square. With the frigid temps, I was lucky enough to have all the horses to myself. Afterwards, we made our way to Dilwoth Park for a look at the ice-skating rink. I’d also been wanting to stop by Yowie, a home and lifestyle store on South 4th Street. I picked up an Incense Burner and got to meet shop owner, Shannon Maldonado. This little shopping area reminded me of Cooper Square, in New York. There were tons of sex shops that kept us busy, wandering for hours. The night ended with Jimmy Soul and Papa John’s pizza.
On our last day, we discovered the most adorable neighborhood in Old City. The cobblestone streets and 18th-century rowhouses were absolutely charming. If you make your way to city, this is a must-see, as it is one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Philly. Subsequent to much perusing, we made a stop at High Street on Market for food, followed by a tour through the Eastern State Penitentiary. I kept all the sights on my Instagram Highlights, named “Philly”, so you can see what I saw. From death row to Al Capone’s fancy cell, this historic prison is top 2 on my things-to-do in Philadelphia.
Photographed by Kathryn Burress