Holiday Babymoon

Merry Christmas! I’m writing this 31 weeks pregnant sitting at a Starbucks counter overlooking the last minute, bustling shoppers in downtown Philadelphia on Christmas Eve. Geoff and I are visiting his family who live about an hour outside the city, and we took a couple of days by ourselves to have our Babymoon. I’d like to thank Geoff’s brother, Matt, and his wife, Stephanie, for surprising us with a beautiful room right in the heart of downtown. It was so relaxing and fun that I had to share. I’ve never been to the city of Brotherly Love, but Geoff grew up here so we had an agenda all about food, relaxation, shopping and…more food (people in Philly take cuisine seriously, which thrilled me since I officially can’t see my toes).

Reading Terminal Market

This is a historic, indoor farmer’s market right in the heart of downtown. Along with the largest produce selection I’ve ever seen, counter after colorful counter of every type of cuisine peppered the market—Greek, Japanese, Cajun, Chinese, Lebanese, Italian, ice cream fountains, bakeries, and stalls devoted to the art of the Philly Cheesesteak.

Reading Terminal is a must for lunch

Reading Terminal is a must for lunch.

"Making Whoopee" pies at the Flying Monkey in Reading Terminal

"Making Whoopee" pies at the Flying Monkey in Reading Terminal

Produce at Reading Terminal

Produce at Reading Terminal

The Wanamaker Building

Now Macy’s, but still known to the locals as the classic department store, Wanamakers, this tourist destination has a beautiful light show every hour.

Overlooking the ground floor of the Wanamaker Department Store. Someone got so excited about the Christmas light show they threw their panties over the side

Overlooking the ground floor of the Wanamaker Department Store. Someone got so excited about the Christmas light show they threw their panties over the side. Look close...

Pics of the Christmas tree changing color for the Wanamaker lightshow

Pics of the Christmas tree changing color for the Wanamaker light show

LOVE Park

Nicknamed because of the LOVE statue by Robert Indiana located in the park’s center. We waited in line for 25 minutes to get a picture and so worth it to me.

Chelsea Charles and Geoff Koch underneath the LOVE sculpture

Geoff and I underneath the LOVE sculpture in Love Park

Couples massage at Eviama

Eviama is a holistic day spa near Rittenhouse Square. This was one of the best massages I’ve ever had. Plus they were able to get us an appointment same day and accommodate my need for a masseuse certified in pregnancy massage.

The zen waiting area at Eviama in Philadelphia

The zen waiting area at Eviama in Philadelphia

Dinner at Buddakhan

We decided to just sit at the upstairs bar and the meal was fantastic. We shared miso black cod, wasabi crusted filet, sea scallops, and wok broccoli. Yum!

Photo of Buddakan Philadelphia

Buddakan Philadelphia

Hot and Sour Scallops from Buddakan

Hot and Sour Scallops from Buddakan

Boutique shopping in Old Town

Philadelphia has some really hip shopping with tiny boutiques featuring sophisticated, yet wearable lines like Isabel Marant Etoile, Rag & Bone, and Graham & Spencer. I spent hours looking at the unique jewelry, handbags and cool displays (I have a very patient man).

Inside 3rd Street Habit

Inside 3rd Street Habit

Unique display cases and terariums at Arcadia

Unique display cases and terrariums at Arcadia

The Geisha House boutique

The Geisha House boutique

I feel so blessed for the holiday season and looking forward to the New Year. Merry Christmas! – CC

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