Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Philadelphia in a Day
I wanted to get a much earlier start, but because of the previous night's late hours and two late-sleeping teenagers, we did not arrive downtown until after 10 am. The daily tickets for Independence Hall were long gone, but we were able to see everything else on our list. We tried to start with the Liberty Bell. The line was looooooong and it was in the direct sun. We decided to come back later. We really lucked out. This was the only warm day on our entire trip. We walked at least two miles. Little did we know that we would be walking 5-10 miles in the following days. The above photo is Philadelphia's historic City Hall.
The Liberty Bell. It was very crowded and exceptionally sunny. I tried to get a good photo from different angles, but I still have sunspots. The building in the background is Independence Hall.
I was hoping to find a "Ben" look-a-like. He was probably at the Franklin Center which we had been warned to avoid. It is supposedly so fabulous that you would want to spend the entire day there. We only had one day so I chose everything else.
Here's Ben's first fire station.
His final resting place.
His head made from keys.
The Betsy Ross House. - It was tiny.
The National Constitution Center where the Constitution was signed. The actual Constitution is in the National Archives. We saw it a few days later.
The LOVE statue.
The Rocky Statue = Yes we ran the stairs!
Last, but not least, a few beautiful buildings.