philadelphia freedom

14 Feb

i had a nice little break the past few days as i was in philadelphia meeting my boyfriend’s brand new niece (yay!).

philly is surprisingly one of my favorite cities.  i didn’t think i would like it too much when i first visited, but it feels like a home away from home, now.  we’ve been quite a few times this past year (and by few, i mean 10), and there are certain things that i love doing when we go.  so, i thought i would share my favorites with you:

#1. capogiro gelato  i love this place so much i don’t even know what to say about it.  i can’t imagine a trip to philly without a stop to capogiro.  hands down, best gelato that will ever land in your mouth.  flavors change daily (and include such gems as blueberry campari, avocado, persimmon and sea salt.  my personal favorite this trip was pears and spiced wine.) and they let you have as many samples as you’d like!  side note: it’s also where i found philly bandz (yes, the LOVE statue is the most amazing silly band you will see in your lifetime).

 #2. anthropologie/urban outfitters.  i know, i know.  it’s sad that, with all the culture, this is listed as numero dos on my list, but these are both philadelphia born & bred stores, so we get to visit the flagships.  three words: four. stories. tall. 

 

#3. philadelphia magic gardens.  surprisingly, my boyfriend had never been here before we went last winter and he’s lived in philly all of his life.  it’s only $4 and it’s IN-CRED-IBLE.  made up of found objects and mosaics and right in the middle of south street (home of the coolest bike shops and #4 on my list).

 #4.  cheesesteaktees.  this t-shirt store is an honors lesson in being a philly phanatic.  every philadelphia sports team is represented and all with the right amount of trash talk  that you would expect out of a philadelphian.  my boyfriend picked out his valentine’s day presents here and i made sure that he got sizes i could wear as well (especially the one shown below as you pretty much just have to be human to agree with it – sorry dallas fans).
these are just a few of many things on my list and i know we’ll go up there again soon, so i’ll leave the rest for the next time.  i’ve got some grammy performances to watch (how about mumford & sons earlier??  good lord.  i’m expecting arcade fire will be just as insane.).
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