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Our main purpose for our weekend in Philadelphia was to visit the famous Eastern State Penitentiary for a daytime AND haunted night time tour.

The Eastern State Penitentiary is easily one of the most famous buildings in the world. The concept was dreamed up in the house of Ben Franklin and took 30 years to convince the public to make it happen. This particular prison was built to instill penitence in its prisoners to basically scare the shit out of them with torture and labor until they felt remorse for their wrong doings before they finished out their sentences.
We took an audio tour during the day and really got to explore the property which is still very much in tact.

The long corridors.

The horrid living conditions inside the cells.

Along with the ‘nicer’ cells reserved for the special criminals such as Al “scarface” Capone.

The outside structure was equally amusing.

And we were able to get a glimpse of life if we decide to commit a crime 1800’s style.

The night tour was SCARY. They had a special roped off area ready for when it got dark where they did an amazing job scaring the shit out of you as you walked through for 30min. Chris and I led our group of 6 and endured the brunt of the ‘attacks’. Believe me, it’s so scary you have to sign a waiver!

There was even a point in the tour of complete darkness where WE were in charge of providing light with a tiny flashlight. I HIGHLY recommend this tour if you are into that sort of thing.

I’m lucky I got out alive šŸ˜‰

Have you taken a haunted tour before?


I just got finished unpacking from an AWESOME weekend in the city of brotherly love. Chris and I went with our friends Nicole & Jerry, primarily for the haunted tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary. I’m SO glad we decided to stay over night and make a whole weekend out of it. We have been there before, but this time we fell in love with it.

We even considered moving there if I can get a decent job here after school since the foodie scene here is pretty hoppin’ šŸ˜‰

I will be doing a separate post about our trip to the penitentiary, but here is a short photo story of what we did . . . .

We arrived at our hotel around 3pm. It was a pretty nice place and I’m very impressed for the price, especially for a Saturday night! I forgot to get some shots of the room so you can take my word for it.

From there we headed out for a daytime tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

We headed back to the hotel where we had a few drinks and hung around in the room being silly.

My drink of choice was some pumpkin spice ale. It was my first pumpkin beer ever. I didn’t taste much pumpkin flavor until I ate a slice of pizza with it. It really brought out the flavor.

Then it was back to the penitentiary for the Terror Behind The Walls haunted tour where we met up with another couple of friends . . . Again, more on this later.

We retreated back to the hotel for sleep and woke up for a loooong day of site seeing and a TON of walking.

Wow! That’s scary enough for tour!

We found a cozy little diner and got a decent breakfast for cheap! This was only $4.50 including coffee!

After breakfast we checked out and scrambled all over the city on foot and an amazing tour bus the took us all around for $5 for the entire day.

We went to a cute little chocolate shop that had these inhalable cupcakes. I settled for 3 pieces of homemade chocolate instead. Chai Tea, Marzipan and Chocolate Ganache.

I had an awesome idea for a picture of the boys, I cant stop laughing every time I look at them.

Of course, I had my own fountain fun shot.

We made our way to the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Made our way to the liberty bell.

And settled down to a yummerific classic cheesesteak. Yes, there is cheese on this, but they put it on the bottom.

My Thoughts On Eating
I have to say I’m incredibly proud of how I handled myself this weekend. There was not ONE point the whole trip where I felt uncomfortably full. I made the choice to be comfortable each time I had th option to eat or drink and it totally paid off. I had energy to walk far distances, and I was in a good mood the whole time . . . Even when we walked 40min in the wrong direction šŸ˜‰ this inspires me to keep making better choices in the name of health and energy instead of weight loss. Weight loss is seriously becoming a secondary goal, and I couldn’t be more happy about that.

We all had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go back there and also explore other major cities in decent driving distance. Were thinking Boston may be next.

Time to get some relaxing in before the busy week of work coming up. Hope you all had a great weekend too! šŸ™‚

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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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