Summer Trip Part 3: Philadelphia

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.

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…first morning, Sen and Luka were fast friends playing trains while parents sleep in. Thank you, boys!

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Entrance to the park, so far, we are loving Philadelphia!

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Making plans…they wouldn’t tell me about what.

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A charming old water fountain proved very entertaining for the boys.

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Freestyling with the water fountain.

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I loved how the park was designed for mixed use, including a play structure and community garden.

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Exhaustion after the park

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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.

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Excited for what our second day has in store for us.

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We visited the downtown area around the government buildings, Sen looks unimpressed because he wanted to go straight to the water area.

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Gorgeous little park with shade and water, rocks and coffee. Perfection.

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She laid there as long as I would let her, which was probably an hour.

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Sen always helping his sister relax.

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Hashtag sibling love! I’m telling you, they do this on their own. Please make it always be so.

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Day 3, our last day in Philadelphia, it was incredibly hot, so we hit the fountain for some fun.

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Me and the kids (I have to include photos of myself for the kids memories, even if I’m squinty-eyed)

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Having fun looking at American coins. “Treasure mama!”

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Waiting for lunch at Reading Market. It was such a fun place to walk around. A mix of vendors, farmers, bakers, florists.

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Terrible photo, but a great memory. Ro and Einav swinging Luka along the sidewalk, on our way to get ice cream.

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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.

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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.

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Friends forever.

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.

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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.

Summer Trip : Part 1 – Getting to NYC

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting photos from our trip to the north eastern United States. The posts are intended to be a little record of our travels for Ro and Sen to look back on when they are older (because I’m not going to kid myself into thinking I’ll have the time make a photo album for them!). In this first post, I’m sharing “Getting to NYC” which was our first major destination.

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As summer approached this year, Ro started drafting her summer list – a list of things she wanted to do while off on summer vacation. We’ve done this for the past few years and it has been a really good way to make the most of our summer days. You can read about this year’s lists here. Ro’s list was fairly modest, with the exception of one item: visit NYC.

We were fortunate to visit New York City three years ago. Ro was 7 at the time and so she remembers the visit well and very fondly. Since that visit Ro has had her heart set on returning to NYC. We haven’t had the money to make another trip, so this year Ro decided to make it happen for herself. Beginning in April she started gathering and selling previously loved books, toys and clothing and selling them to our local consignment shop. Then she held a bake sale and garage sale during a local community event. All in all she earned nearly $600, which was enough to make the trip, albeit by frugal means (meaning: train, AirBnB, and street food, which, by the way, did not reduce our enjoyment in any way!).

Our trip started with Matt driving us to the St. Albans train station in Vermont. With our departure time set for just before 9am and our home being 4 hours from the station, we decided to make the drive from Montreal, rather than Ottawa. We drove to Montreal the night before and visited friends and some of our favourite spots in Montreal.  

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Ready to get the trip started! Driving to Montreal to stay the night with our dear friend Amanda.

Our evening in Montreal was spent walking around the Mile End neighbourhood, finding murals, appreciating the local architecture, and playing ping pong at a night market.

 

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The next morning, holding hands while waiting for our train to arrive in St. Albans, Vermont

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The dining car on the train was a great spot for drawing.

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Getting some help from me to draw train tracks

As usual, taking inspiration from his surroundings

While riding the train Sen asked if we would see Mickey Mouse in NYC, to which I replied “No, he lives in Florida.” Within half a block of walking out of the train station look who we met! Close enough!

Next post will cover the first half of our visit to New York City — stay tuned!

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Clothing details: Sen wears Wilding organic t-shirt available from Wilding; Organic harems from Wild Little Comfies; and Salt Water Sandals from Mini Mioche. Ro wears tunic and skirt from Kids on the Moon and Salt Water Sandals from Mini Mioche.

Drawing supplies: Super durable and eco-friendly pencil case made from upcycled carpet from elquiltro available on Etsy; Sustainable notebooks from Mohawk Paper; and pencils from Faber-Castell.

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