#181: Go to Philly

The love tower in Love Park

The love tower in Love Park

LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

            I’ve been wanting to take a road trip somewhere and wasn’t sure where. I decided upon Philly because it didn’t seem like there was a lot to actually do, so my roadtrip could be brief and over a weekend. I brought it up to my parents, and oddly enough, my dad was going to be in Jersey for a week and would have a place over the weekend if I wanted to stay. It was settled. Philly, here I come.

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Dad was already up there, so I made the 6 hour drive by myself. 6 hours alone with your thoughts and good music proved to be very therapeutic for me. It was something I really needed to refocus my attention on what really makes me happy. I made it to Jersey and Dad and I decided to start our adventure in Philly.

As soon as we arrived, I noticed that the city was really dirty. I have been to major cities before, but this place didn’t seem to pick up anything. Any time a car drove by, dust was carried from it. We did one of those hop on hop off tours so we could see everything quickly. I was right, there wasn’t a lot to actually see of the area. We did find the Rocky statue though! And, of course we ran up the stairs just like in the movie too.

Running up the Rocky steps

Running up the Rocky steps

After walking around for awhile, we decided to go see the liberty bell. There was a massive line that wrapped around a building just to see the bell too! Everyone must have gotten the memo that there isn’t a lot to do in the area, so you just have to see the bell.

When we finally made it inside, we were welcomed with lots and lots of reading materials on the history of the bell and the history of the area in general. Dad loved it. The bell was pretty impressive as well. I usually get these ideas in my head about how large or small things will be and then get surprised later, but the bell was exactly how I pictured it.

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell

While heading back to the parking garage, we passed a small cemetery where Benjamin Franklin was buried. There were several pennies on his grave. Next to it, was a sign explaining that placing a penny on his grave and saying a wish would bring you good luck in money. Dad graciously handed me a penny to use. However, I wasn’t wanting to wish for money (I have no idea why since I’m practically poor). I placed my penny on his grave, my wish…was for love.

—-and two weeks later, I met Troy.

*Thank you Dad for accompanying me on this adventure.

WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: It was cool once, but I’m good.

HOW TO DO THIS: Philly tours: http://www.philadelphiasightseeingtours.com/?gclid=COb5vreSvrUCFUVN4AodIj8AJA

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