Who are we
We are a family of 3 who took a break from our routine. Usually we live in Scotland but February to the end of July 2011 we were on the road in North America for 6 months. We are Mark (also known as Dad), Rachel (also known as Mum... and a whole bunch of other names... my usual at-home blog is here) and little h (10/11 years of age during the trip).
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Philadelphia day trip
For the next couple of weeks we are based with cousins of Mark’s on the New Jersey coast… much family activity, much fine dining, many play dates… but in amongst it all we have a few city days too. This Monday Mark and I left h with a responsible adult cousin and high-tailed it off to Philadelphia for a day of adults-only touristy visiting with absolutely no gift shops (No stickers! No bookmarks! No teddy bears!).
The photos below will show you where we went but here are the areas/activities to help you follow the route. Apart from the journey from NJ (including over the Benjamin Franklin bridge) we walked it all so we had pretty tired feet by the end. We went:
- Into the indoors Reading Terminal Market (great atmosphere, every possible foodstuff, busy but very friendly and somehow refined, we did split a Philly Cheesesteak – not bad)
- Then along Market Street to the central tourist area where we viewed…
- The outdoor display about George Washington’s slaves (and the history of slavery in the US) at the President’s House (details here)
- The Liberty Bell (impossible to get a photo without other tourists in it!)
- Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and the US constitution were debated and adopted… and you are only allowed in with a tour so we joined in with a school group of teenagers from Boston. The ‘ranger’ who led the tour was a show in himself – more than a touch gung-ho and never letting facts get in the way of the greatest story ever told…)
- Congress Hall (again ‘tours only’ so we just looked at the outside)
- Next we went past the Free Quaker meeting house (where the Quakers who did join in with the fighting for independence in the late 18th century hung out – it was closed)
- And onto the 1804 Quaker meeting house (non-fighting division, still functional and it was open so we called in and looked around)
- After that we moved into the Old City (lovely buildings, lots of little restaurants and galleries and museums, pretty quiet on a Monday in March...)
- Over to Penn’s Landing (newish development by the Delaware river – probably more lively in the summer)
- Past the Irish Memorial (dedicated to those who died in the Irish famine of 1845)
- Over to Society Hill (more lovely buildings, very neat and tidy and clean…)
- Along South Street (lots of cool shops – mainly closed by the time we got there – and cafés and tattoo places and such)
- Back into Market Street (past lots of hospitals and a theatre or two)
- And finally into Chinatown for a quick, yummy meal before getting back into the car and setting back off over the bridge to New Jersey.
It was a busy day but we really liked the city and the people seemed awful friendly and relaxed. The sun shone too which helped of course.
Next week… NYC…
Posted by Rachel Fox at 17:54