The Signer - my favorite statue in Philly
Today we woke up early and took a cab to Independence Hall. For those of us who took American History and actually paid attention, this is the place of all activity during the Revolutionary War. Of course, security was a pain in the ass as they frisked us and checked my wheelchair. But it was worth it. We were there as they opened so were early enough to take pictures without too many problems. Since the entire site had relatively level brick I was able to push my own wheelchair and give my friend a break! I was able to push myself all through Independence Hall, Congress Hall and Old City Hall. We spent most of the morning there and across the street in the Liberty Bell's new building.
Liberty Bell - Truly a beautiful icon of America
The new building was so amazing! It has a ton of information and the bell itself was breathtaking. We stood in line to get a picture , at no time was there less than 3 people deep to see it so I slipped behind the bell and took a picture from the back. Due to national security both the Liberty Bell
and Independence Hall are secure sites, we could not leave the wheelchair so it was a little tight at times. None of the buildings are ADA compliant, as that would ruine the actual buildings, so I had to sit in the main room in most buildings and they provided a photo album to me so I knew what was upstairs. It was great! I then had Kj come down and tell me what she saw. Not the easiest way to see sites, but it was pretty awesome anyway!
While waiting for our tour bus we visited a small park with a statue called The Signer that showed a man that had signed the Declaration of Independence.
It grew feet...not quite the shot I was going for. :)
For some reason, this was my favorite statue in Philly. It really is beautiful! We followed the building around front and saw an amazing cobblestone walk way that thankfully had a paved sidewalk that we could use. We saw Library Hall, which was closed for renovations and the 2nd National Bank that looked a lot like the supreme court. The best part was in the park across from the 2nd National Bank, there were these kids that were "being sworn in" to the Continental Army in a thing called Once upon a Nation. The kids were really into the history and had fun with their wooden muskets and marching around the grounds.
On the way to the tour we passed The Borse which is now just a food court and tourist shopping area but they were tearing down a building next door. As a result the side walk was torn up, the sidewalk ramps dropped like 2 inches into the streets.
William Penn Statue - Can't believe he has a stiffy!
So not only does my friend almost drop me into the street as we come off the ramp but she got a running start to get up the hill
on the other side. I threw myself back in the chair to avoid becoming a "Kat-a-pult" (get it? Kat???Katrina????) :) Anyhow, we come running up to the Tour waving our arms so they don't leave with out us, the 18 year old girl tells the bus to leave and we are stranded for another 20 minutes. The second bus was waiting for the next tour and so, since I had time, I crawled up the spiral stairs to the top of the double-decker while Kj helped store my wheelchair. I was going NOWHERE! :)
The tour was an hour and a half and it was well worth the money.
This is a recycled statue...cut off the original head an replaced with someone else...
The Double Decker bus also serves as On and Off service so you can drop into one of the spots you want to see and then they pick up every 20 minutes. I highly recommend it! We found out about a lot of movies that had been filmed in the area, very fun! There was a school teacher on break that did the tour. He was pretty funny. I couldn't figure out why he was getting so flustered, until I realized the breeze ont he bus resulted in my cleavage showing quite a bit. Let's just say I flustered him as much as I could...it was kind of funny!
Our B&B owner recommended a little Italian place called Core De Roma on 2nd and South. This place is a hole in the wall, get reservations if you can because they only have about 10 tables and they are super busy. Do not go here expecting to have a rush dinner, just like you would expect from traditional Italians they make dining an evening event.
Eastern State Penn - Infamous for the cruelty and hauntings
The food was phenominal, we had Brushetta and Baked Artichokes to start and then both had Cappellini ai Granchi which had tons of fresh crab, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a white wine sauce. We finished up with Lemonchello (you cannot miss this if you come visit) and gelato. I am telling you I felt like a member of the family when I left. "Papa Gigi" or the owner Luigi as he is also known walked us out and gave us each a kiss on each cheek. My friend wantss him to adopt her.... PS the Artichokes were his own recipe and no matter how we begged he would not tell us.
Philadelphia Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
While staying in Philly our B&B owners recommended this little restaurant for amazing food and they were right!
The restaurant is very small and th… read entire review