The Big Trip: Philadelphia

Firstly let us apologise for the lack of actual written content.  We have been focused on editing and uploading as many videos to Youtube as we can and have not had time to sit and write down everything we need to.  That being said, we hope you enjoy the posts revisiting almost back to the beginning of our trip.

Whilst visiting Philadelphia we stayed in a Super 8 Motel in Bellmawr, New Jersey.  The motel was not very pleasant to stay in but it was considerably cheaper than staying in Philadelphia itself so it was simply a case of just sucking it up and dealing with it!

On arrival in Philadelphia we were fortunate enough to find city centre parking for only $8 for the whole day, a fraction of what we had seen advertised at a lot of the local car parks.

We spent the afternoon walking around the landmarks taking in the famous stairs from the Rocky movies at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall.

We found a really nice coffee shop off Washington Square, Talula’s Daily, and highly recommend you pay it a visit if you are in the vicinity.  The store itself has a deli offering a variety of cold meats, cheeses and salads but there is also a restaurant that offers hot food options should you want a more substantial meal with your coffee.

We had planned to also visit Rittenhouse Square but unfortunately there was a large crowd of drunk people that put us off wandering in so we kept walking.

The main reason for our visit to the city was to take in the Halloween celebrations at the Eastern State Penitentiary.  Every year the prison opens it’s doors to host an undead spectacular.  We happened to visit on the 25th anniversary and it did not disappoint.  Within the confines of the prison itself there were six different areas with it’s own theme and actors.  Visitors can choose to have a more interactive experience by wearing glo-stick necklaces; this identifies the visitors to the actors allowing them to touch and even take them away from the rest of the party.  Kelly did not enjoy the experience, finding it claustrophobic and overwhelmingly disorientating but Ant had a good time!  The prison itself is open during the day for tours normally allowing the public to learn about it’s notorious residents.  We would definitely like to take the opportunity to return and learn more about the prison’s history should we ever find ourselves back in the city.

Here are a few of our favourite photos from our time there:

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 photo Rocky_Footprints_Philadelphia_Museum_of_Art_zpse02f8np7.jpg

 photo Schuylkill_River_Philadelphia_zpsvdvghqwt.jpg

 photo Masonic_Temple_Philadelphia_zps8v3e9shq.jpg

 photo The_Liberty_Bell_zps8jnou47j.jpg

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