While we’re completely concerned about the weather, we did manage to have some fun on Friday in Philadelphia. (I’m going to skip over the hellacious flight and how we got into our hotel room after 1:30 a.m.)
We got up around 8, got ourselves showered and ready to go and didn’t get breakfast until 10:30. After that, we talked with the wonderful staff at the Holiday Inn in Old City and they directed us to Independence Hall. It was a must-see. We signed up for a 12:00 tour (it was free) and wandered over to the check-in (a corner next to the buildings.) On our way, we passed by a guy (twice) who asked, “excuse me, but are you Jewish?” The first time, I almost said, “no, sorry.” I really just said, “no.” The second time he asked us, my husband replied, “No, we’re still not Jewish.” I had to laugh at him and I wondered what the guy would have said if we had replied, “yes.”
So. While we waited for the tour, we checked out the Liberty Bell. Amazing. The city has amazing history.
The tour was great. There was a guide, but you did get to walk around a little on your own and take pictures. I took a lot of photos….
We then headed back to the hotel to grab the car. Kenny saw on the map that Edgar Allen Poe’s home was a historic site and he really wanted to see it (being a huge fan of Poe and all.) With the GPS guiding us, we found our way quickly. There are photos of the home too. We had a guide all to ourselves. Again, amazing history.
Our fourth stop was the Museum of Art. You know, the steps in Rocky? When I saw the statue across the street from the museum, I quickly thought of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. don’t ask. Lots of fun photos were taken here, and then we realized it was 2:30 and we should grab lunch before heading to Exton.
We couldn’t find a decent place to eat, and seeing how I really wanted to check out the Hard Rock Cafe (lame, I know) we decided to venture over there.
Bad idea. The GPS system guided us wrong, I got frustrated and when we couldn’t find a place to park (and I almost backed over two pedestrians), we decided to leave Philly. No lunch for us.
Traffic was a complete nightmare. We spent an hour in downtown Philly trying to find lunch and then trying to get out, and then another 90 minutes on the interstate. We drove 30 miles. It took close to 2 hours.
I do have a lot of pictures. The sad thing is the new card I am using is a 4GB card and my laptop (and work computer) won’t recognize it. I’m going to check for my smaller card and hopefully get something up here before the end of the weekend (just won’t be from Friday’s travels.) And when we get back to Asheville, awesome photos will be posted!