The Philadelphia Zoo

I had no idea that the Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in America. According the plaque located at the entrance.

Also, this statue is at the beginning of the zoo. Its a mama lion with an arrow through her, and her babies on her and the daddy lion looking mad. If I was a kid, I would be scared and not want to go in.ey5tBo7jwRVY7VDe.jpg
The zoo was fun. I can’t wait to have kids and take them to things like this. Mostly so I don’t look like a weird adult who actually like doing things like this.
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I thought this was super cute. The monkeys were sitting next to each other with their tails intertwine. Love in the wild. Well not wild, but wild animals. It makes me sigh from the love. They even look like a heart shape.
B2ocwXM7OQaETkB5.jpgThis zoo has wild peacocks roaming around. Like literally they were just walking around the zoo like they owned the joint.
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Yes. They did run this joint. I was clearly scared.
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Rhinos look like dinosaurs to me.
hc9kyzt85gfHZJHB.jpgThis gorilla was so human-like it was really scary to observe. Because I wonder what he thinks about when all these people come up to the glass and stare at him.
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Elephants are cute…I don’t remember seeing them at the zoo though?!
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Cool fish tank. This is John. He loves fish.
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I thought these flowers were SOO pretty and cute and fun. Anyone know what they are called?
I had a great time at the zoo…and makes me want to do more things like this. What’s up next friends?!

 

The City Of Brotherly Love

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Couldn’t go to Philly and not take a picture of the love sign! Little did I know, DC has one that says Amour. LuvUwJnw8OFsfhXg.jpg

Girls are excited..boys are.. indifferent.IwYTIVvyBR6oUsZb.jpg

China town for some baked goods.5fZCicYDWwd42JQE.jpgyNH4XSlGohw849wD.jpgrPHONZWdYI0d0cQ5.jpgC4dGvrlua4D4gQhX.jpgV0fPnyLoszNv7izD.jpgpBzP7RTT69puI3YP.jpg

We waited in line for this picture. This is the only pose I could think of.cbYTqR0Zhx2pyC7a.jpglQW8f0X4pttlPI04.jpg

These steps weren’t as daunting as it seemed. They were pretty low.sE7aGZcIPiXZC0GO.jpg

The water was ice cold. PHlY9rQX49SICTD8.jpgrRHeHZhuKUCD6yL5.jpgPQOVZ6oWRkZpxTfB.jpgReading Terminal market was definitely much better first thing in the morning. We went again in the afternoon and it was PACKED. But it all was delicioooooous, and right around the corner from our hotel.

I had an awesome time, we actually did everything on our list and finished pretty early! Zoo, Rocky Statue/Steps, Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown, noodle bar. Yep. A jam packed less than 24 hour trip. kuDDCQHxh6pnPkuM.jpg

 

Cheu Noodle Bar Philadelphia

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Mmmm. Ramen noodles. Soups are definitely my comfort food. And I love that ramen is everywhere now. Thrillist featured this place as one of the top 25 ramen places in America, so while in Philly, I had to!qeI2cuTjiYLNWxtd.jpg

There was a little bit of a wait at like 9pm, but that’s a sign that its good right? The guy was super friendly, and we got a couple of the specials while we waited. I had the white tea/lychee, he had the watermelon ginger. Both were unique and delicious. I liked mine better because it was light, floral and only a tiny bit sweet. x25ujXOoIDeWAUHs.jpg7sNidfhSKj06YwlY.jpg

Awesome shirt. 2qFu1P2Ue3M34Gyo.jpg

We sat at the bar, so we got to see the magic happen.HX8Bq4zaVw6NZtsH.jpg

It must be a requirement for ramen places to be so cool looking.aebSrcAqZegw3E65.jpg

Sichuan beef dumplings. Nothing to write home about. Sorry.gnQdQiKBDOLtrBfn.jpg

WHERE’S OUR RAMEN. Anna and John. Hilarious couple to road trip with <39Npi1w6Bd71JgRTb.jpg…and the main event. Miso Ramen, with pork shoulder and sea beans. I think they ran out of sea beans in mine because I only got mustard greens. Which is fine by me. It was delicious. I actually never got a miso broth before. I usually go vegetarian or the full bodied broths. It was delicious and reminded me of my mom’s suki yaki, oddly enough. Now I want to make that.

I’m hungry.

Cheu Noodle Bar
55 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Ice Dreams Soda Shop

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This little ice cream shop was so cute. It is basically a cola cola paraphernalia hoarders dream.  b3EY46kN4Okw2nxX.jpg

The owner collected all kinds of coca cola trinkets and decorated the shop with it. Along with their ice creams, they had cold and hot drinks to choose from. Cash only!1Paqa1r8qz9sZJdh.jpg

I got some crazy ice cream with chocolate fish in it.M5YpMLpTKxaGR2zH.jpg

WSPLmLA5fcT2EZlp.jpgIt kind of reminded me of my mom, because she drank one coke a day, and loved the polar bears and those old school coca cola glasses!

Ice Dreams Soda Shop
3131 Muskoka Road 169
Bala, ON P0C 1A0, Canada

 

Bala Bay Inn

fY8mqkzvx7G4StSK.jpgMuskoka is wonderfully scenic. Lakes, the trees, the rocks. I love it. I want to go back. The place we stayed in was called the Bala Bay Inn. Super cute, super old. So old that it has a ghost. Don’t worry, he’s friendly. Luckily for me, I didn’t even notice his was there, because I’m scared…of everything, in general.sAzMwsGmc1d39Qkz.jpgLocated right across the street from a place that you can rent stand up paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks, this makes it a great location. It’s also walking distance from Jasper Park (where the wedding was held). The Inn is know for it’s restaurant, which serves brunch on Sundays, and is open for lunch and dinner on weekends.

Qq1gZL0RZbBUvSAo.jpgThe colors inside are bright and fun. Not what’d you expect from an old place. The staff is SUPER friendly, and helpful. And the restaurant is delicious.

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uXnN6EP19Xo4OnGg.jpgOur room was literally just a room. You get a bed, a desk, a set of drawers and a chair. Well I mean you also get a bathroom, but that is it. Don’t go on a lake vacation and look for technology. The wifi was shotty, if you got any at all. At least it was from our room. But that’s okay. The point of being out here, is to enjoy the break from the busy city life right? Some people had TVs in their room. Which was a tiny box. We didn’t have that. There also isn’t a phone in the room. So get your exercise in and walk downstairs if you want to talk to the front desk.

I’m not complaining though. I really really liked it there. It’s the forced break I really needed. And the exercise! Did I mention how great and helpful the staff is there? I definitely want to go back there, if I need a real BREAK from city life.

 

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