Sunday, May 16, 2010

Philadelphia Story - Part 1

One of the locations on our "must see" list while we are on the East Coast has been Philadelphia. This city is really the birthplace of our independence, of our nation. We finally struck out for Philly over the weekend of May 7-9. There was so much to see, and so many pictures to take, we won't try to fit them in one blog post. We will spread it out over several posts. Hope you enjoy.

We stayed in a B&B that was really an old Philadelphia row house. It was originally built in 1854 and expanded in 1878, when bathrooms were added. (No - we weren't using the original toilets!) In the pictures below you can see the outside, the inside entryway (taken from the stairs), and our bedroom.

Friday night we wandered around the nearby neighborhoods and ended up in an eclectic area on South Street. The picture on the left shows a little bit of the flavor of the area. Apparently, this was the birth place of Larry Fine of the Three Stooges, who is honored with a building-side mural (r).

We found a corner restaurant with a second floor patio so we could observe the personalities that walked by. We HAD to try an authentic Philly Cheese sandwich!

Saturday morning we started off at the Liberty Bell Visitors Center. Independence Hall was originally built to be the state capitol of Pennsylvania. The bell was ordered to hang in the steeple of the state house. It wasn't called the Liberty Bell until years later.

A crack started forming sometime after the American Revolution and the bell was considered unrepairable sometime in the 1840's. A passage from Leviticus is inscribed into the bell: Proclaim liberty throughout the all the land unto all the inhabitants thereoff."

It was incredible to stand right next to it and see the real thing, as Barb does here with Independence Hall in the background.

That's all for this post. In future posts we will have stories and pictures on Independence Hall, the adjoining buildings that served as meeting places for our Congress, Christ Church, Valley Forge, and more!

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