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Philadelphia Travel Blog

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Entering Philadelphia we saw this great bridge. It wasn't one that we crossed.

 

Just before our trip began one of my good friends here in TravBuddy told me that if something during the trip didn't go perfectly it would just add to my experiences.  Well, today qualifies as one of the biggest experiences I have ever had!! 

It started out okay, with a decent breakfast at the hotel and then on the road into downtown Philadelphia.  Again, as we entered town the first major building was a sports stadium.  The second one was easier to identify, because it had the Phillies sign posted high for everyone to see.  But now that the parks are named for their sponsors I can't tell you what they are. 

We made our way into the area where Independence Square, the Liberty Bell and Visitor’s Center are located.

Parking wasn't the easiest thing we had ever done, but we eventually found a spot on the street that was for folks with disabled plates that we have.  But unlike California this one required we pay for the first hour and get the second one free.  So after asking a walking police officer about it we bought the $2.00 ticket and put it on our dash board.  I even took a picture of the sign where we parked.

When we walked the few blocks to the Visitors Center to get our free tickets to tour Independence Square buildings we found out that it would be five hours before we could do the tour.  Way too long for us to wait.  So we walked to the Liberty Bell Center and took pictures of it and then took pictures of the Independence Square buildings from outside.

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Entering Philadelphia we saw this …
Entering Philadelphia we saw this…
And like other cities one of the f…
And like other cities one of the …
Another bridge.
Another bridge.
Downtown at the Independence Squar…
Downtown at the Independence Squa…
Carriages waiting for customers. S…
Carriages waiting for customers. …
The Liberty Bell Center.
The Liberty Bell Center.
I waited nearly ten minutes to get…
I waited nearly ten minutes to ge…
Then another couple to get this on…
Then another couple to get this o…
Looking across the street at the B…
Looking across the street at the …
This is the building now holding t…
This is the building now holding …
Even outside people were taking pi…
Even outside people were taking p…
The main building of Independence …
The main building of Independence…
A statue of George Washington is i…
A statue of George Washington is …
They searched everyone with a bag…
They searched everyone with a "ba…
Just a few of the folks waiting fo…
Just a few of the folks waiting f…
Commodore Barry from behind.
Commodore Barry from behind.
The plaque on the base of Commodor…
The plaque on the base of Commodo…
Plaque on corner building.
Plaque on corner building.
I took a shot of the signs where w…
I took a shot of the signs where …
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