On the road to Philly - the City of Brotherly Love
Trip Start May 21, 2006
13Trip End Jun 04, 2006
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A volunteer led us through a room and briefed us on the history of the Independence Hall and its historical significance
After wrapping our tour of the Independence Hall, we walked across the street to line up to get into the Liberty Bell Center. No ticket is required to visit this center. The line moved pretty quickly even though there was a security check point. The Liberty Bell was rung during the adaption of the Declaration of Independence. Exhibits in the Center highlight its historical significance.
Closed to Independence Hall and the Center, one can find several well-preserved 18th century structures. One of them being the Benjamin Franklin post office and museum. Unfortunately, the house where he and his wife used to live in was not preserved. We saw traces of their kitchens and some of the utensils used during their time.
We then went to Philly's Chinatown for an early dinner. During our visit to Manhattan, we went to Chinatown almost every day for dinner and never felt unsafe for a single minute. In Philly, I felt a bit scared after a black male tried to grap my husband's arm and pulled him aside. We had no idea what he wanted but my husband swung his arm, the black guy let go of him and basically, we power walked our way towards the area where we saw most people were when we were looking for parking.
Being in a new city, we didn't want to take any route back to our car after finishing dinner. We took the same route back while staying alert to make sure that nobody popped out of nowhere and tried to snatch our bags or something. Luckily, nothing happened this time.
After hopping into the car, we decided to head towards Penn's Landing (waterfront). Parking was scarced 'cause there was an event (I found out by watching the news that night). We only got the chance to drive slowly along the street to take in the view before heading to our next destination - Washington, DC.