Thursday, December 8, 2016

Now that we've officially reached the last month of 2016, it's time for me to start re-capping all of the trips I've been taking before the memories and details escape me forever. I've got quite a lot of photos and stories to share, so buckle up! The next twelve weeks will be filled with tons of travel talk. From Paris to Iceland to California, we've got a lot of ground to cover!

I thought it would be best to start with my most recent trip and work backwards. While this trip was very short, it was just as fun and I just can't leave it out. So today, we begin in The City of Brotherly Love!

I've posted about Philly before, when we went up for my Dad's birthday a couple years back, but this trip was exclusively all girls. Well, two girls to be exact. My best friend from college Alicia and I try to take trips together once or twice a year to a new city and do as much exploring as we can. Typically, we find that it's tough to squeeze everything into one weekend and end up visiting more than once, but this trip turned out to be a bit different than our usual adventures.

We both have been crazy busy with work and life lately and by the time we got up to Philly Friday night, we had little energy to go out and actually do anything. So, instead, we grabbed a quick dinner and a few too many warm chocolate chip cookies and hung out in the room catching up.

We swore up and down that tomorrow would be a new day and that we'd take full advantage of the fresh start that Saturday would bring. However, after we had grabbed brunch on Saturday and walked to Federal Donuts for a few tasty treats, we were tired once again. So we agreed to take our donuts back to the hotel and relax. We ended up watching movies, snacking, chatting, and napping for the next five hours!

We had all these grand plans that night to get dressed up and go to a speakeasy and we still had tons of shopping and sight-seeing on our list. But somewhere between our naps and dinner, we decided that this weekend was not going to be some crazy adventure and that instead we were content to relax in our hotel, taking a break from the craziness of life, and only going out to explore trendy restaurants in our ten block vicinity of City Center.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing exactly that. We would venture out to a new restaurant, enjoy all the food and cocktails they had to offer, and then rush back to the hotel with leftovers or a sugary snack where we'd jump in bed for a movie marathon. We even got to see The Girl on the Train which is still in theaters. Totally worth the $17 we spent renting it on-demand!

After all the places I've been this year, it was nice to have a weekend to decompress. It was a good reminder for me that traveling doesn't always have to be glamorous and filled with magical moments. Sometimes eating Churro donuts with your best friend, telling old college stories, and taking afternoon naps is all you need for a good time!


  1. Oh Federal Donuts...hands down the BEST donuts I've ever had!

    1. They REALLY are the best! I could use some right about now!

  2. I love that you were able to realize what you both needed and just relax for a weekend. That is something I love about hotels, even if it's right around your house. You can't clean, do laundry, etc. it's totally okay to just chill out. Knowing that no matter what Philly is an hour away and you can always get back to do whatever you wanted to do is a blessing for a time like this. Memories you will have with your best friend forever!

    1. It's so true! Sometimes you just need a little R&R and it's nice to get out of the house to do it!