St. Patrick's Weekend in Philadelphia
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March 19th, 2006 – by: hannajax
Though the first settlers in this city, who arrived in the 1600s, were dutch and german immigrants escaping religious persecution, it was not until the late 1700s that the true history of the United States began.
It was during the time of the Revolutionary War, and people were fighting the British Monarchy, King George's Armies, for freedom and independance. It was in this city where The Declaration of Independance was written, and the constitution 10 years later, where the Liberty bell proclaimed liberty throughout the land, and where the symbol of the United States, the American Flag, was made.
The original capital of the nation, it gots its name from William Penn, of England, who originally laid out the city in 1682.
Philadelphia is home to Benjamin Franklin, who was the quintessential renaissance man. (Philadelphia is celebrating his 300th birthday this year!) 1) Inventor of things like bifocal lenses and urinary catheter, the lightning rod, the first iron stove, and odometer. 2) A statesman who was involved in all forms of government, including writing parts of the consititution and the declaration. 3) A printer, who had his own newspaper at age 22, who originated the periodical cartoon so that the news could be understood by all. He also founded the first library in the United States.
Because of his already established printing skills, he printed the first american currency, and this is why we see his face on the $100 bills. it certainly is all about the Benjamin!
Visiting the old haunts of Benjamin, walking through the house where the declaration was written, speaking to Betsy Ross about her own designs for the flag, and how she was under threat of "treason",( had she been discovered by the british), visiting a seeminly ancient cathedral, running up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, much like Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky," visiting the most extraordinary and world moving exhibit "Body Worlds" at the Ben Franklin Institute, spending a morning at the 300 year old Regal Street Farmers market, located inside of an old train station, sampling amish fare and local wine from the surrounding countryside, hitting pub after pub on a st.
It is a city I long to return to soon, especially the beautiful countryside. Anyone that has never had interest, or just doubts about enjoying themselves in this place so full of history, inspiration, freedom, life, and our founding fathers, let this be an encouragement to see it for yourself.
Now, all that can do it justice is the photographs. Please enjoy and tell me you want to see it for yourself.
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