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We have only visited Philadelphia for about a 1/2 an hour years ago. It was to purchase cookies inside Reading Terminal Market.
When planning our road trip we all agreed that Philadelphia would be a great first stop. We were two cars, with 4 adults and 2 children on this trip and we were all in need of a getaway!
The morning of day 1 we brought Fred and settled him at my parent's house. We then hopped back in the car and started our journey!
We got an early start than our friends so we got to visit Mothership Gallery and take pictures with Greg's Bunny Jack piece that was in their show last month. We couldn't help ourselves and ended up purchasing a few more vinyl toys (some for Greg to customize and some for our personal collection). To check out Greg's other pieces visit here.
Our friends were still driving to Philadelphia so we dropped off our luggage at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Philadelphia. We walked over to Reading Terminal Market and after walking around a bit we opted for the duck at Sang Kee Peking Duck.
There were two stools available and we ordered a couple of bottles of water, a Peking duck roll, duck with rice and vegetables, and duck with noodles.
The Peking duck roll was delicious but right when I bit into it juice streamed down my chin and all over my shirt. I smelled like the duck and five spice until I finally got into our hotel room and could change.
Our entrees were both delicious and very good portions. The duck was tender and flavorful in both dishes but the noodle dish was a little strong for my taste.
After our lunch, we both wanted a cocktail but the Courtyard is under construction and things are very disjointed. We opted to go into the Marriott next door and enjoy a drink in their lobby.
About the time our friends checked in our rooms were ready. Greg and I were assigned a lovely suite with amazing views. Our room offered an entryway, king bed, couch and table, desk, walk-in shower, and again a great view of the city.
After changing clothes the 6 of us walked towards the Liberty Bell. The children we were traveling with are both toddlers with autism so lines aren't their thing. Of course, there was a line at the Liberty Bell so we kept walking and enjoying the surrounding areas.
For an afternoon snack, we happened upon Sweet Charlie's! I was thrilled to see rolled ice cream since I've never had it. I was completely willing to take some Lactaid and chance an upset stomach. Then as we began to order the staff asked if we wanted milk, yogurt, or the vegan option. What?? Dairy Free?? Yes!!
I ordered the dairy-free s'mores rolled ice cream with an extra torched marshmallow! The ice cream was pretty good but I will admit it was very sweet. After our ice cream, we visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Continuing on with the sights we walked back north to the LOVE statue. Rather than waiting in line to take a selfie, we took one from afar.
For dinner, we decided to go casual and try somewhere new! We found our spot- The Bourse! Inside the beautiful and historic building, you will find a variety of restaurants. You can find everything from pancakes to Filipino food!
Greg and I chose the Filipino cuisine at Lalo! I chose the Long Si Log which is pork sausage, garlic rice, and a soft egg. This dish was touched on all taste buds and textures! I thoroughly enjoyed the dish. Greg ordered the Lechon Kawali which is crispy pork belly with garlic rice. I tried a bite of Greg's dish and the pork belly was nicely rendered and actually crispy. Delicious! Before leaving I couldn't help but try the vegan ice cream at Scoop DeVille. The ice cream was creamy, crunchy, and topped with salt. It was amazing!
After dinner, we walked back to our hotel but stopped at the Marriott again for drinks. While inside the lobby, there was a gala upstairs, the fire alarm went off twice, and one of the kids discovered and fell in love with escalators!
This was a great first day! Coming up next is our drive from Philadelphia to Elon University and then on to Raleigh NC.