After our run in the morning to the Rocky Steps, we were hungry for some brunch! We decided to stroll through the Farmer's Market on the way. The weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and we had a great time weaving through the stalls and wishing we had a kitchen to cook all the fresh veggies in!
Our favorite stand was at the end of the row, "Happy Cat Farms", offering organic tea and seeds along with their normal produce. Needless to say, it caught my eye after noticing this guy and his amazing kitten shirt!
Our hotel was just a couple blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. There was also a beer garden right across from the Liberty Bell. It was a great place to sit and have a couple drinks. I also got to meet up there with an old friend who lives in Philly that I hadn't seen since grade school! It's so common now for friends to be spread across the country- or even the world. I think it's great when people offer to meet and catch up even when it's been many years!
One of the most memorable activities of the whole trip for me was our dinner at the Franklin Institute. The museum was rented out after-hours and we were able to explore the exhibits while enjoying some fancy drinks. Then we had an elegant dinner underneath a statue of Ben Franklin in the entranceway. The setup was gorgeous, but unfortunately I had only my iPhone.
Philadelphia had so much to offer, and now I truly believe it is one of the most underrated cities in America! The city is rich in history, culture, and has a great nightlife scene. I will definitely be back again! I am so glad I got to meet so many great people from around the world at the conference, see Kathleen whom I hadn't seen in many years, and make some great memories with a group of amazing friends!