travel: philadelphia, the city of brotherly love (part 2)

My last day in Philadelphia was a Monday, and of course I happened to forget that many museums and sites are closed on Mondays. So instead, we spent most of the day walking and exploring all the city has to offer.

love structure -- did you know the o is slanted, because love park — did you know the o is slanted, because “love isn’t perfect?”

Up first was the famous LOVE structure. It used to be located in LOVE Park, but due to renovations, the structure has been moved to Dilworth Park, right outside of City Hall. While you’re there, take a stroll through City Hall — the architecture is absolutely stunning — and maybe even take a tour inside. Across the street is St. John the Evangelist Church, where you can either join for mass or just take a look at the interior of this beautiful church.

That afternoon, we took a tour at the U.S. Mint. My mom is obsessed with collecting coins, so this tour was the highlight of her day. There, we were able to see the process of the coin production; there are only two such facilities in the U.S. (the other one is in Denver.) By looking at the right of any coin, you’ll be able to see either a small D or P, which will tell you which one of these facilities the coins were made in. At night, we walked from our hotel to Penn’s Landing, and watched the sunset on the Delaware River — truly a beautiful sight!

As for food, we ate all our meals at the Reading Terminal Market, a huge building where small vendors and shops sell local goods and foods. Of course, the Philly Cheesesteak was a must, though when we got it, it definitely didn’t look as appetizing as the photos…The cheese fries were pretty good, but by far my favorite were the chili hot dogs. For sweets, we found a really cute shop inside the market — choosing among the many desserts was probably the hardest decision of my life, haha. In the end, we left with an original Philly whoopie, a cookie butter bar (my favorite) and a marshmallow bar.

Like I said, there were a few other places that I had wanted to visit, but my trip was unfortunately too short (plus I forgot everything was closed on Monday…) If you get the chance, though, The Franklin Institute, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Eastern State Penitentiary and the house of Edgar Allan Poe are also worth a stop!


  1. Thank you for these two posts about my city! I grew up in PA, went to Penn State, and lived in the Philly suburbs for about 5 years. I really miss all of the foods you mentioned and I enjoyed all of the thoughtful commentary about the different sites. Good luck at school and looking forward to reading more of your writing

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