My best friend moved to the States and, after much dreaming on my part about a trip to ‘Merica, I booked my tickets for December 2017 and the spent months planning and researching what we would do for 3 weeks in Philly and NYC. America has always been on my travel bucket list, and as it’s so huuuuge, its one of those countries you need to do a bite at a time. So I wanted to share my top to do’s in Philly – here they are:

These were some of the pics as we flew in to Philly – check out the snow!

Arriving in the US for Christmas meant that all of the homes were beautifully decorated. Some people really had gone to town on their windows, was really impressed! At night time, when the lights went on, it was out of this world! So much thought and love goes into decorating these homes.

Check out this doggy in the window!

Philadelphia Museum of Art was top of the list! Why? They have Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers! Be still my beating heart.

There were loads of other favourites, namely: Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Dali, Warhol, Mondrian, Duchamp, Miro, Van Gogh – the list goes on and on!

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Details:

Open from:10am to 8.45pm. Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Website: https://www.philamuseum.org/
Entrance fee: $20 or pay as you wish on Wednesdays from 5pm to 8.45pm

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The Philly Art Museum is the most beautiful building too, and just outside, is the Rocky statue! And yes.. I ran up the stairs just like in the movie. But slowly as I was wearing the wrong footwear… not because I’m unfit obviously.

For more info on the stairs and statue:
http://www.visitphilly.com/museums-attractions/philadelphia/the-rocky-statue-and-the-rocky-steps/

Then there is the Liberty Bell – an iconic symbol of American independence! Had a bit of a moment. both of us South Africans standing looking at Nelson Mandela with his fist in the air <3

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Address: N 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia
Open from 9am to 7pm

Walking around Philly was so exciting, with something special to see on every corner. Beautiful graffiti and artwork, lovely restaurants and shops.

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Such beautiful buildings in the city.

Then lets talk about the shops and some of the things I saw! Are these Barbies not the best? They are not anorexic, but rather REAL bodies. Love this.

And Christmas jerseys everywhere!

And so many dog/pet shops with dog clothing, treats and toys that we definitely don’t get at home! Was amazing.

And these gorgeous shop fronts!

Then lets talk about the Amish! Going to Amish Country is a definite must. It was so surreal seeing the Amish in their own homes and towns, being able to see their culture and differences in how we live. We went to a town called INTERCOURSE… now that was something! Took a few pics from the car but obviously didn’t want to take photos of them face to face as that would have been super dis-respectful. Excuse the blurry pics.

So we started our trip and firstly, we had to fill up with gas! Check me out!

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See all the horse buggies? We also stopped and visited the shops, ate some yummy Amish baked goods – shoo fly pie – was soooooooooooo good! Also looked at some quilting shops – so talented, my Mom would have gone mad looking at all the designs.

Then there was Reading Terminal – the most amazing food market I have ever been to. So much choice, not enough space in my stomach! The Philly Cheesesteak was out of this world (and Obama thought so too – check out the photo of him below at the market buying the cheesesteak!)and let’s not get me started on the amazing Amish donuts.. yum yum. The bacon and maple syrup donut was out of this world. *drool*

For more info on the market:  https://readingterminalmarket.org/

The Market is open Monday – Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm.

Best things to eat: http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/best-things-to-eat-at-reading-terminal-market/

 

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Philly does roast pork sandwiches that will haunt your dreams for months afterwards.. this one definitely did from John’s Roast Pork! Excuse the gnome looking beanie.

IMG_7298 Ice Hockey! Now that was so expectantly fun – we really enjoyed ourselves! LETS GO FLYERS LETS GO! Was a feast for the senses – the sights and sounds, the food – gosh, did we enjoy all the people watching – Alex and I had so much fun!

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I also did a post on the magnificent Long Wood Gardens – click here to see more!

Had such a special stay in Philly, so much to see and do. Definitely helps having a local to show you the ins and outs <3

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