I woke up at the crack of dawn and got my butt to Penn Station to catch an early train. The trip from New York to Philly is relatively short — about a hour and a half to Trenton and then 45 minutes into Philly from there. Plus, each way was only about $25 which isn’t too bad (especially on NJ Transit).
I arrived in Philadelphia by 10am and was off to the Philadelphia Art Museum, walking along the beautiful Schuykill River Trail. Below are some of my favorite paintings I discovered. There were some great Monet’s and Cezanne’s as well that I got to see!
After my fill of art, I walked toward Logan Square, stopping at the Rodin Museum, who is my favorite sculptor (free with admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art). It features the largest collection of Rodin outside Paris.
By now I’d worked up an appetite so this brings us to the food porn section of my trip… I found a Rita’s Water Ice stand (which I love) and got mango ice and continued walking down toward Logan Sq. and JFK Plaza, where the famous LOVE statue is.
With more walking under my belt, I got donuts from Federal Donuts (which happens to sell both donuts AND chicken). They were warm and delicious — I tried the strawberry lavender and the cinnamon.
I also happened up Di Brunos Brothers, a famous cheese place that serves sandwiches and fine foods. I have their cheese cook book and didn’t even realize I’d been here before on past trips to Philly. I love this place! Seriously, there’s so many restaurants in Philadelphia I want to try and I’ll definitely be coming back!
I didn’t stray too, too far from the train station and if I was feeling a bit more adventurous (baby steps) I would have ventured into other neighborhoods of Philly… You’ll notice I didn’t partake in any cheese steak shenanigans… If I had, I would have gone to one of the classics (Pat’s or Gino’s) or even Carmine’s or Spataro’s in Reading Terminal.
I thought it would be scary or uncomfortable traveling alone, but I actually loved it!
I felt like I was more comfortable asking for directions or talking to strangers whilst on my own than out with friends or even at home in NYC. I think it was a good exercise… explore a new city, see some art, and have some quality “me” time! If you have any doubt, check out this article I happened to find on my way home from my excursion all about traveling alone!
All in all, I spent about 15 hours out (from door to door), walked 5.4 miles, explored a lovely city and ate some delicious food!