Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Trip Start Apr 11, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Hi guys & Gals

How you all doing? It's been a busy few days for us and with temperatures in the 90's (about 31c) it's been quite a struggle at times to get going. It has cooled down now and a bit of rain has hit us but spirits are still high.


The other night we got to a Baseball games Philies V Rockies. What a stadium and atmosphere. It was all of to a promising start with the Philies hitting a home run, but by the second innings the Rockies were up by one. Then it all fell apart and no more runs were scored until the 5th innings so the game started to slow down and the crowd were getting restless with jeering of "You Suck" & "If the ball hits you, you can catch it" all said by the home team to the home team (what true fans they have), it lightened the mood and gave a laugh or two. Baseball is a bit like cricket, it helps if you are well lubricated when watching it. For you smart arses out there I mean lubricated with alcohol. Any way by the 7th KT had had enough so it was back to the ranch. Big thanks to David for the escort & tickets etc.

David and Anne must have felt as though they had adopted a couple of strays as they have been kind enough to take us all over without question.

Katie must have been missing work a bit on the Thursday as we took a trip to the Eastern State Penitentary once home to Al Capone. The prison is now a ruin and is being maintained for tourists, like most old buildings (ie the old Post Office in Washington) it nearly got pulled down to make way for modern buildings, but again fortunately someone had the fore site to let it stand so that everyone would be able to see the first Penitentuary that lots more are based on around the world (and we think Armley in Leeds is based on it too!). There was certainly an eerie feeling as you went round and i'm not ashamed to say the hairs did stand on end at certain points. I think the atmosphere was helped by the fact that we were the only people around and the audio tape that accompanied the tour ,ade the clanging sounds of the gates shutting. If you come to Phili its well worth a visit.

I believe I mentioned we were going to Lancaster county to see the Amish earlier on in the week, well we didn't make it then but yesterday (Friday) we got the opportunity to pay them a visit. Katie thought they all looked cute but i could only think of the film "King Pin" as we went round the stores. They seem to live a good life with lots of land and nice houses etc but I'm not sure I could go without cars, elec and god forbid no computers!!! I bet Paul & James quake in their boots at that thought.

For those of you that like to shop the City isn't too bad with Jewellers row and the Gallery etc but for the keen shopper (thats you Lesely) it has to be the King of Prussia Mall with over 300 stores and restaurants about 30mins from the City Centre. Whilst out that way we went to Valley Forge. Valley Forge is a national historic park of some 3,600 acres and it is here that General George Washington forged his continental army into a fighting force in the winter of 1777-1778 (Maybe we should have attacked there!!!) the walk was very pleasant with wild deer and birds making up the scenery. For those that can't make the 5mile walk it is also possible to drive round and park at each attraction along the way.

I think that leads us quite nicely onto Independance Hall where if I get this right, played a major role in the Revolutionary War against the British and where the revolutionary Decleration of Independance was drafted etc etc. The guide told us and I quote "we are now standing in the most important room in the WORLD" it was the room were the declaration was signed. Now I personally have a bit of a problem with that. I think she was a bit blinkered with that comment. I could go along with the most important room in American history, but the world let me know your thoughts in the guest book! anyway not to dwell on the point lets move on. Before the tour started we were all asked to say where we came from 99% being American, one couple from France (who joined the Amerians in the war i believe) and then Katie and I aka the British scum. God if i knew she was going to start slating the Engligh and start going on about how the crest was torn down etc and about how evil our king was etc we might have reconsidered attending that tour (which was free by the way). Anyway we left in one piece and she wasn't that nasty really and walked onto Little Italy.

Little Italy is the place that started the Great Phili Cheese Steak War with Pat's King of Steak being the creator and Geno's challenging for the title. Apparently there has been fierce rivalry between the two for years with brand loyalty embedded into their followers. we didn't actually try the sandwich as we were full from our own left over steak creation but they did look good from both stalls. Hey you let me know which is the best if you go. You should get down to little Italy for Di Bruno Bros shop it has hundreds of cheese and meats, the smell fills every nook and cranny of your nostrils hmmmmmmmmmm. I think my mum and dad would have loved that shop just for the huge barrels of olives (see the picture).

Anyway i'm of now to enjoy a Pizza. We are moving on to New York on Monday so I will be in touch later. Hope everyone is well.
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