Flashback Friday: Philadelphia & New York City

Since I’ve been absent from the blog for awhile I figured I would do some update posts over time for some recent trips/events that have happened.  Let’s start with our trip to Philadelphia & New York City!  We went back in May because Kyle’s roller hockey team made the national championship game which was being held on Long Island.

 Night 1: We took a red eye flight to Philadelphia where our friends dad picked us up from the airport the next morning.  

 

 
Day 1: We headed straight downtown and spent the morning at the Reading Terminal Market.  If you haven’t been there it is a MUST! We then headed down to the Liberty Bell to check it out and stopped by this awesome outdoor beer garden/restaurant called Independence Beer Garden for a drink.  After exploring we headed out and started the drive to Long Island.

 

Night 2: When we arrived on Long Island we checked into our hotel and decided to grab something to eat.  A friend from college recommended that we check out Emilio’s for some pizza.  After we ate dinner, we headed back to go to bed.

 

Day 2: This day was filled with hockey.  Unfortunately I didn’t take any hockey pictures.  Typically when I go to hockey games I’m so consumed in the game that I don’t remember to take pictures at all.  Kyle’s mom and step dad arrived today so we were able to spend the weekend with them too!

Day 3: Again, this day was filled with hockey and no pictures.  We did have a little bit of time to take a short trip over to Jones beach though.  We walked the boardwalk and just checked out the place.  This was the weekend before Memorial Day weekend so the beach wasn’t open and they were setting up and preparing for the craziness that was about to happen.  But I had to take a picture of this gem. Sounds like no fun to me!

 

Day 4: This day/night was by far the best day of the trip.  We headed out early to go into the city. We spent the morning/early afternoon at the One World Observatory and the National September 11 Memorial.  Being up in the observatory was a crazy experience for me.  Being up there I was emotional, scared, paranoid, anxious, and in awe.  The views were absolutely stunning and I couldn’t get enough of it, but the entire time I couldn’t help but to think about the past.  Being paranoid, I kept searching the skies for airplanes.  I kept thinking about all of the men and women that “jumped” out of the building as I looked down.  Overall, it was an incredible experience but it definitely tested my fears just a little bit.  The reflecting pools at the memorial were breathtaking and sad, but I could stare at them all day long.  We spent the rest of the afternoon checking out Little Italy, Chinatown, McSorely’s, and TimeSquare.

 

Night 5: Thanks to Colby and his connections we were able to get in to a bar called Employee’s Only.  We had a blast there and received the royal treatment thanks to Dev!  If you ever have the opportunity to check it out, Dev know that I sent you!  This was our last night and after staying out until 3AM we headed back to go to bed.

 

Day 5: We woke up early to head back to Philly.  We ended up getting our Cheesesteaks and heading to the airport to head back to Las Vegas.

 

This wasn’t my first time being in Philly or NYC so it felt good to be back!  We had a ton of fun on the trip and I can’t wait to go back again in December!

xo, Sammi