Home of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross, the writing of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and our first Capitol, Philadelphia was astounding place to visit and spend time. The history is amazing, the architecture makes the city stand out, and the city pride is something we should emulate. I recommend a visit to Philadelphia! We had so much fun!!!
Independence Hall- site of the first congress of the new United States. The area includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, information on the buildings that stood here in times past. A timed ticket (free, available online or at the visitors center across the street, is required to enter and take the tour, which I found very educational). The Liberty Bell is a separate entrance with no timed tickets, stand in a line and wait your turn.
|Independence Hall from across the street in the Museum of the Constitution|
|LARPing: Live Action Roll Play|
|Rich and I at the Liberty Bell|
|Original House of Representatives|
Down the street from Independence Hall is the house (recreated) the Jefferson lived in and wrote the Declaration of Independence:
As we were in Philadelphia during the 4th of July, Independence Hall had LARPers reading the writings of our founding fathers
the Museum of the Constitution is fantastic!!
Betsy Ross was a real person!
The Museum of the American Revolution was fantastic, with Washington's actual tent! Film and dioramas of the Revolutionary War, artifacts that are well marked, and tons of information.
|Charles III, our last king|
City Hall- Philadelphia's city hall is truly a beautiful structure
|capitols of supporting columns|
|the city fountain is enjoyed by all the citizens|
Philly cheese steak sandwiched- delicious!!
|the oldest beer in America|
|two oddballs strutting the street after eating a cheese steak sandwich|
Reading (pronounced Redding) Terminal Market. Once the train terminal for the reading railroad, it now contains great restaurants!
the City Tavern- a very nice restaurant that bases their menu on the cookbook of Martha Washington! Very good food:-)
|My turkey pot pie|
|and a beer:-)|
Making donuts at the Reading Market!! We went back several times:-)
|Rich and the Thinker|
|weirdest damn buffalo!|
|fun with Alexander Hamilton|
|Rocky stairs- Rich walked up|
|the LOVE sign is out for repair, so...|
|4th of July fun!|
rolled ice cream! Cold surface, cream, fillings that are chopped and spread out til they freeze,
then rolled and put in a cup with more toppings. Freaking delicious!!!! And fun to watch!
the streets of Philadelphia have row after row of brownstones, each individualized, making for beautiful tree lined streets!
There are cute little areas of the city with distinct personalities, making this huge city very livable!
Over by the Ben Franklin Bridge is this very old, original street- Elfreth's Alley- unchanged since 1830!