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We love our hotel, in the centre of town, fortunately across the road from the famous reading markets. Food is fantastic (back on 5-2 when we return!)
In the afternoon we walked a few blocks to see the old part of town and the Liberyt Bell. This city has many historic sites, but some of the poverty on the streets is confronting!
Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and then relaxing for the next day around town!
... Marilyn also stayed at the Lexington hotel we were staying in so that was pretty impressive.
We headed back to the hotel then before catching a cab to the airport to pick up a car and headed towards Philadelphia. Jeff had some meetings, and we had some exploring to do.
When we reached Philadelphia, we parked the car and it was straight off for us. Jeff went to his meetings and Janene, Jenni and I headed down to historic Philadelphia. We walked quite a few ...
... I don’t think I missed anything out, but who knows! The tour kinda takes you through the timeline of the building, pointing out interesting bits with testimonies from prisoners and guards as you go. For instance, Al Capone spent some time here and furnished his cell with antiques and rugs, which you see as part of the tour. You tour the grounds and stand in the baseball / football field, complete with an ‘outfield ...
... 33 historic homes. The street us named for Jeremiah Elfreth, a blacksmith that built and rented out many of the homes dating back to 1702. Above many of the homes, shown in a few of the pictures, are "Fire Marks". These are iron plaques depicting that the resident in the home had fire insurance and thus, should their home catch fire, the firefighters would save their home. You see, firefighters of the day, were paid through "Firemen's Insurance"!
... south of the park.
Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by ‘William Penn’ and they now have the delightful waterfront area of ‘Penn’s Landing’ situated along the promenade of the ‘Delaware River.’ The old docklands have been renovated and we visited the ‘Independence Seaport Museum’ here. Not particularly because we were interested in the port… more so because you get to explore two historical ships!