Day 47, Oct: 15, Philadelphia

Tuesday: We’ve fallen in love with Philidelphia. It is a lovely city. We arranged to stay an additional day at the Warwick Hotel – which is a great place with the nicest staff imaginable. After a delicious breakfast – how we managed that is not known as we had such a fantastic dinner the night before – we took off to explore more of the city. We started at the National Constitutional Center. Now that is definitely an institution to visit – a beautiful facility. We were there at least 2 hours. In addition to bronzes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, numerous interactive displays of various issues that had gone to the Supreme Court, a theater presentation of issues around the period of the signing, they had the most extraordinary display of Pulitzer Prize Winner’s photos spanning decades which left us in tears. It was the most stunning acclimation of photography as art as one will ever see. A must if you go.

Leaving the center, we walked down the old town to Betsy Ross’s “house”. On to the “oldest alley in town”, around to Christ Church, which was the first Episcopalian church in America, and then, for a very late lunch, to an Greek/Italian little restaurant on Archer street for a bite. Continued to Independence Mall where Independence Hall was closed due to the garbage still going on in Washington about whether or not the US should pay their bills or not – ask you – what happens if you don’t pay your bills. The tea party chose the wrong issue to make a point. Anyhow, after all the walking, etc., we took a cab back and collapsed for the evening.

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