St. Patrick's Weekend in Philadelphia

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The Dark Horse English Pub
This is the place where the quest for liberty, and freedom from the opressor, took its roots.
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.
The city means "city of brotherly love," which represents the rich ethnic divertsity of peoples living alongside the predominantly black population, all immigrants that came here for refuge after the civil war.
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.
4) A philosopher, who had clear ideas on the foundations of this new America, and also founded the first "Philosopher's Hall." 5) A Musician who could play several instruments and even built his own, the "armonica." 6) An economist, who helped shape the young country's ideas about money. An idea that reportedly became the soul of the "American Dream," that all men were equal, and that only their hard work would reward them with success.
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.
patrick's eve - sampling such fine brews as the local lager "yuengling," or the very pale dutch ale, "haagenberg," seeing grand architechture from the 18th century amidst the sprawling metropolis...it was just more than I could put to words here. Though my time spent here was short, Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, I did get to experience the city in full. My friends and I walked on foot throughout the city, constantly in awe by the gorgeous buildings that lined the city streets, and the history that thrived right alongside all of the modernity.
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.
buildings on south street

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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The Dark Horse English Pub
The Dark Horse English Pub
buildings on south street
buildings on south street
Kildares Pub
Kildare's Pub
Charlies Pub
Charlie's Pub
at the reading terminal market
at the reading terminal market
fresh baked goods from the quakers
fresh baked goods from the quakers
first quaker meeting house
first quaker meeting house
Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House
Miss Betsy Ross and the first Amer…
Miss Betsy Ross and the first Ame…
Independance Hall
Independance Hall
Carpenters Hall
Carpenters Hall
The First Library
The First Library
The First Bank
The First Bank
The Welsh Society Building
The Welsh Society Building
facing the Philadelphia Art Museum
facing the Philadelphia Art Museum
Fairmount Park
Fairmount Park
Philadelphia Art Museum
Philadelphia Art Museum
Rodins The Thinker
Rodin's "The Thinker"
The Rodin Museum
The Rodin Museum
The Franklin Science Museum
The Franklin Science Museum
Body Worlds Exhibit at Science Mus…
Body Worlds Exhibit at Science Mu…
Basilica of St.s Peter and Paul
Basilica of St.s Peter and Paul
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