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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

It will be more than an infatuation when you visit the city of brotherly love! Whether it's culture, shopping, or eating you enjoy, you'll find it all in Philadelphia. A good start to your day would be a stop at Redding Terminal, the nation's oldest continuously operating farmers' market. I love walking through markets and especially loved this one because of its diversity. Mostly dominated by Amish vendors, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade baked goods and ice cream. For a meal, check out their chicken pot pie in the center of the market or for breakfast, enjoy a delicious stack of pancakes and eggs from one of the sit down eateries.

After breakfast, it's a short walk to Independence Mall, where you can relive history with the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center , and Independence Hall. Usually there's just a short wait to enter most of the historical sites. Be sure to also check out the impressive Art Museum, and if it's nice out, rent a bike and ride up Kelly Drive , a beautiful path along the Schuylkill River , which begins near the museum.

If you're into festivals like I am, be sure to check out Peddler's Village in Buck's Country, where you'll find quaint shops and an array of restaurants. Year round events include the apple, strawberry and Christmas festival.

For the social butterfly in you, there's a great nightlife including restaurants, bars, and clubs in Olde City , Rittenhouse Square , and Manyunk. Crowd pleasers include Monk's Café, known for their Belgian beer and pommes frites and the Continental, a big hangout for drinks and good food. (a wide array of healthy dishes which I love!) Even if you're health conscious, you know what they say. "When in Rome ." Well, when in Philly, a cheesesteak from Genos or Pats is a must! And if you're really brave, check out an Eagles game, but don't say I didn't warn you about Philly sports fans! Remember, Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love, so however you choose to embrace it, enjoy!

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