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Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
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CS: Laura's place
Next I went to see the Liberty Bell. It was especially cool to see because my grandpa got it moved to it's current location back in the '70s. I went to Washington Square next and then walked all around the Society Hill area. It was my favorite neighborhood of the day, very pretty and historic-looking. I saw a old churches and cemeteries and tons of lovely brick houses, oh and the Physick House. Heck, I saw almost a lot of the notable places in Old City, I just didn't go inside any of them. I wanted to cover the whole area and most of them close at 4:00. I had to get back at 3:30 for the security check at the Pennsylvania Statehouse, or Independence Hall. We waited in line in Independence Square and went inside the reconstructed East Wing to begin the tour at 3:45. Our ranger was genuinely humorous and had us laughing every minute. We saw the judiciary room, the senate room and the long, executive entertaining room upstairs. Then I saw original printed copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in the West Wing. And next door again I got in unexpectedly on a tour of Congress Hall. We all got to sit in the Assembly Hall chairs. Upstairs we stopped in the Senate room and then checked out the committee rooms with the portraits of Louis 16 and Marie Antoinette.
I got back to the visitor center at 5:00 and got online for the main purpose of resting my feet for 20 minutes. Next I walked around Old City. I saw Christ Church Burial Ground, more churches, the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, Christ Church and then I walked across a bridge to Penn's Landing and got some good views of the river and looking back at the city. By this time I was pretty starving so I headed back to Society Hill to find the Artful Dodger Beef and Ale House. I passed the old City Tavern, which was THE place to come back in the day. It looked pretty expense and the servers were in the period. I had forgotten exactly where the place was but I did get to see the Kosciusko House on the way. I had to double back when I started to recognize where I was. I had gone too far. I found it around 6:45 and chose the restaurant section. It was great time. I took my time and texted a friend back home and called my brother. I got the Chicken Cheese Steak Sandwich with a big salad and a golden ale from Philadelphia Brewing Company. I didn't leave until 8:15 at dusk. I just walked happily back to the historic park. The buildings were gorgeous at night. I headed back to the visitor center to sit outside and get internet, because I didn't want to get back to Laura's much before 10:30, but there were several squatters there so I just headed back in the direction on the Amtrak station, because it was getting dark and my feet were killing me. I saw the Declaration House on the way back, boy I wish I coud have gotten inside. There is so much more to see on my next trip. All in all I had a blast and a lot of exercise.
I found the station without too much trouble. It was a big place so I just asked where the train stopping at Overbrook was arriving. I had perfect timing, it left in five minutes at 9:10. I really did have good luck most of the day. It was 20 minutes back to my stop and I got back to my car in the garage at 9:30. I was exhausted so I just watched a show and got on facebook. I got a tap on my window at 10:30. It was Laura getting back from work. back in the apartment we talk for half an hour, well mostly she did. She said she managed to check out the grange place by taking the bus and that it went well. She seemed fine about me. I excused myself at 11:00. Did I mention she took the door off her bathroom? She had another proposition for me for tomorrow. And I'm actually down with it.
And once again I am finishing this at 2:00 am because I have so many other distractions online. :)