Before the start of winter, I went on a quick weekend trip to Philadelphia. I thought to myself, I have been stuck in New York for almost four months without going out of the state, so I figured that taking the 2-hour trip to Pennsylvania wouldn’t be so bad.
I took the 7AM bus that departs from this very sketchy neighbourhood in Manhattan’s Chinatown. I paid $16 USD for a one way ticket to Philadelphia. I think they have bus schedules and trips every hour so if you miss your bus, I think you can easily just hop onto the next one for the day.
Oh, and the buses the depart from Chinatown are really old buses and sometimes they smell funny so I would suggest that you just head over to Port Authority and ride a Peter Pan or Greyhound Bus. You can click HERE to be redirected to their website for the prices.
I walked for about 20 minutes because the bus stop is basically just a secluded parking lot in the city. It wasn’t a very good idea at that time because it was so windy and chilly and I had to carry my 45L backpack so, yikes!
As I was walking, I just instantly fell in love with this city. I felt like it was more my style. It was old, yes, but also very historic and modern, and it complements each other in a very uniquely beautiful way.
Even the trees in Philadelphia are very photogenic, heh!
Just casually walking around the streets of Philadelphia whilst looking for my hostel.
I finally arrived at my hostel, City House Hostel Philadelphia. This is such a vibrant, cosy and affordable hostel located conveniently in the center of Philadelphia.
The staff has been amazing. They make sure that you are comfortable and that you’re having fun! They also provide one free beer every night for every guest, and there’s a theme for every night! It’s so nice! Although one problem was the heating in the shower. I slept on the third floor on my second night and the shower in the third floor was freezing. I had to use the shower in the second floor. Aside from that, all was well.
I’d definitely come back to Philadelphia and stay in this hostel again. I had such a great time!
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First order of business, trying out some authentic Philly Cheesesteak! I went to Campo’s to get the classic dish and it was a great first experience for me.
I haven’t really had Philly Cheesesteak before so I didn’t have anything to compare it with, but I tasted really good. The bread was fresh, the meat was well-cooked, and it was really tasty. Although I think it would be nice if they put a bit more onion and cheese on it because it seemed a bit dry.
Just look at this beautiful piece of sandwich.
If I’m not mistaken, I think Campo’s is one of the oldest establishments in Philadelphia that sells the original Philly Cheesesteak. I’m actually so happy and grateful to have been able to try this one out.
Whilst walking from Campo’s and to my hostel, I stumbled upon a vintage book trading shop. I kid you not when I tell you that I instantly fell in love with the place.
Casually picking out some books that I think me and my friends would be interested in. You guessed that right…cinema!
This was the Franklin Court. This was where the house of late President Benjamin Franklin once stood.
I am actually so in love with all the architecture in Philadelphia. I wish to go back to this city again.
If you want to know more about Franklin Court, please click HERE.
This was the building that holds the National Museum of the American Jewish History in the center of Philadelphia. I didn’t really get to go inside because it was getting a bit late, but I saw that there was some stuff that once were owned my Steven Spielberg, and Albert Einstein himself!
To know more about the National Museum of the American Jewish History, please click HERE.
This was the Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This was where they first signed the Declaration of Independence.
How beautiful is this building? Oh, and don’t be fooled because the original Liberty Bell is located in another building.
If you want to learn more about the Independence Hall, please click HERE.
After my trip to the Independence Hall, I walked to another historical museum in Philadelphia; the Betsy Ross House.
Apparently, Betsy Ross was the woman who made the first ever American Flag. I went inside the Museum Shop and got myself some postcards because if you don’t already know, I collect postcards (and stamps) from my travels all over the world.
P.S. I would love to receive some postcards from wherever you’re from! In return, if you would like a postcard from me, please comment below and I will contact you personally!
So this was what the first American Flag looked like.
If you want to learn more about the Betsy Ross House, please click HERE.
Just ridin’ ’round town with my Uber.
Oh, you can also see the City Hall. It’s sad that I didn’t get the chance to visit the City Hall because I was only in Philadelphia for two days and I didn’t have the time. But when I come back, I’d most definitely take the time to go there.
If you want to learn more about the Philadelphia City Hall, please click HERE.
I spend mainly my days inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I was just in so much awe of the many beautiful art inside it.
Taking a break from all the walking and exploring and just trying to compose myself and sit down a bench inside the museum.
Here are some of my favourite pieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
I really love this painting! It’s amazing how a person can capture and create such wonderful piece of art. I really wanted to take this home so bad, hahaha! But, of course, we all know that I can’t do that.
To know more about the Philadelphia Museum of Art, please click HERE.
All in all, I really enjoyed my stay in Philadelphia. I loved the food, the history, the architecture, and the lovely vibe of this wonderful city.
I made a vlog about my trip to Philadelphia and you can click HERE to be redirected to my YouTube Channel and watch it.
Special thanks to the manager and the staff of City House Hostel Philadelphia for a very wonderful and welcoming stay in Philadelphia. I will definitely come back!
To everyone who’s been wanting to go and visit this city, what are you waiting for? Just go do it! I can assure you that it will not be a waste of time and money. It’s probably one of the best cities in the United States!
‘Til the next, Philly!
“For he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.”
Proverbs 2:8 NIV