After our day in New York City (photos here), we rode a bus to Philadelphia to visit the Sweet Luka Mo family. I had gotten to know Einav, the woman behind Sweet Luka Mo, over the last year, after I won a photo contest she had run for her brand. We quickly became friends and when the opportunity presented itself to make a short visit, we made it happen. We spent three days together exploring Philadelphia’s beautiful parks and water spots, eating delicious vegan tacos and the best coconut ice cream ever (here). Late nights chatting after the children fell asleep, which led to some over-tired eyes (mine, see below) but some great memories. Thanks for the amazing hospitality Einav, Luka and Mike.
…first morning, Sen and Luka were fast friends playing trains while parents sleep in. Thank you, boys!
Entrance to the park, so far, we are loving Philadelphia!
Making plans…they wouldn’t tell me about what.
A charming old water fountain proved very entertaining for the boys.
Freestyling with the water fountain.
I loved how the park was designed for mixed use, including a play structure and community garden.
Exhaustion after the park
Evening walk to see some of Philadelphia’s amazing murals and mosaics. This one by Isaiah Zagar, made entirely from recycled materials. To say this artist is prolific would be an understatement. The neighbourhood we walked through was covered in his work. Amazing stuff.
Excited for what our second day has in store for us.
We visited the downtown area around the government buildings, Sen looks unimpressed because he wanted to go straight to the water area.
Gorgeous little park with shade and water, rocks and coffee. Perfection.
She laid there as long as I would let her, which was probably an hour.
Sen always helping his sister relax.
Hashtag sibling love! I’m telling you, they do this on their own. Please make it always be so.
Day 3, our last day in Philadelphia, it was incredibly hot, so we hit the fountain for some fun.
Me and the kids (I have to include photos of myself for the kids memories, even if I’m squinty-eyed)
Having fun looking at American coins. “Treasure mama!”
Waiting for lunch at Reading Market. It was such a fun place to walk around. A mix of vendors, farmers, bakers, florists.
Terrible photo, but a great memory. Ro and Einav swinging Luka along the sidewalk, on our way to get ice cream.
The kids almost had more fun looking for tiny animals in the garden outside the ice cream shop than they did eating their ice cream. Almost.
A quick play at the park before bedtime. I had to get a photo of Sen in his made-in-Philadelphia clothing – Sweet Luka Mo – while he was in Philadelphia. Luckily he cooperated.
Philadelphia, you were fun, can’t wait ’til we meet again. And now, back to New York City for a few days. Stay tuned for my next post.
Clothing details: Ro’s floral swimsuit by Christina Rohde; Sen’s swim bottom and feather shirt by Gardner and the Gang; Sen’s black harem’s by Baby Beast; Ro’s clothing by Kids on the Moon; Sen’s striped romper by Nico Nico from Little Heirloom; Sen’s narwal tank and striped leggings by Sweet Luka Mo; Sen’s denim shorts by boy+girl; All sandals by Salt Water Sandals from Mini Mioche; My day bag from Nena & Co.