Daniel got married in Philadelphia in March of 2015, which was a perfect opportunity for me to visit a city I had never been to before. Loren and Vicki were going to the wedding too, so the three of us met up a couple of days early to see the sights.
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- Day 1 - Loren, Vicki, and I met up on Thursday morning to start the day at Valley Forge. While there we got to see the house that George Washington stayed in at the site, some rebuilt cabins that the soldiers stayed in, and lots of little historic details of how battles back then went. After having our fill of history, we hopped back in the car and headed into the city to explore South Philly. Making our way through the city, we eventually parked not far from the 9th Street Italian Market, where we wandered up and down the street gawking at the wares. From there we stopped by an Asian market, ate at Iztaccihautal Mexican Restaurant, and drove back out to the 'burbs to sleep.
- Day 2 - The next day, we got up and drove straight into the city for more history. This time we started at Independence Hall, where we went on a great little tour of the building, and the Liberty Bell, which Loren refrained from ringing. From there we got ourselves some cheezsteak at Jim's Steaks, and then we drove out to West Philly to find some stuff that Loren had visited on a previous trip. We ended the day with dinner at Khmer Kitchen, which was super tasty.
- Day 3 - Our final full day in Philadelphia was rainy and cold, which made it a perfect day to stop by Reading Terminal Market for breakfast, and the spend a lot of time at Eastern State Penitentary. This old, crumbling prison was definitely a highlight of the trip, and a place that I would recommend visiting. After that, we jetted back out to our hotels to clean up, and then finally went to the wedding itself. After spending the evening eating and dancing, we got up the next day to go our separate ways: Loren and Vicki back to Boston, and me out to San Jose for the next part of my trip.