One of my husband’s good friend was getting married in Philadelphia. My husband, David, was excited about going back to Philadelphia since that’s where he went to undergrad and he wanted to show me around his campus.
This is a recap of my weekend trip in Philadelphia.
The groom was from Pakistan so they had a Mehndi on Friday night (the day before the wedding). Mehndi is a pre-wedding ceremony celebration.
The groom entering.
The bride entering.
This was my first time getting henna done. Apparently it’s popular to get henna done the night before the wedding since it represents good luck and fertility.
Since the wife was Jewish, they had a Jewish wedding, which included the ketubah (marriage contract), chuppah (wedding canopy), and the breaking of the glass.
Beautiful wedding ceremony setting.
They had a naked wedding cake (no frosting on the outside of the cake). It was delicious!
The hora (chair dance).
Breakfast at Reading Terminal Market with my elementary school friend. Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market that sells all types of groceries, produce, flowers, etc. Unfortunately a lot of the stalls were closed when we went on Sunday.
Being a tourist in Philadelphia, I had to check out the Liberty Bell. Did you know it was sent from England and cracked the first time it was rung? Free to get in!
Independence Hall is where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution was debated and adopted.
South Street is a diverse and urban mix of shops, bars, and restaurants.
Jim’s Steaks is one of the famous philly cheesesteak place on South Street so of course we had to get one. The line was wrapped around the corner at 16:00. We waited 45 minutes.
Took us 10 minutes to inhale the sandwiches. The left has whiz cheese and the right has no cheese (that’s mine!). Meat was a bit overdone but still good.
We randomly went to a comic store that had Sailor Moon arcade! How awesome is that?! Of course we played 🙂
Also visited Chinatown. Kinda small.
Penn campus. So pretty!
Famous LOVE sign at Penn.
They randomly have Benjamin Franklin’s split button sculpture.
This was David’s dorm but it was closed for the summer. Too bad we couldn’t go inside since it reminded me of Harry Potter’s school.
Overall Philadelphia was a nice, quaint city. It kinda reminded me of Boston but smaller. It was quiet since it was the summer so school was out. I think a weekend is the perfect amount to explore Philly.
Top Philly Steak Restaurants to Try in Philly:
- Jim’s Steaks