|Amazing downtown art|
|Really want some flower boxes like these!|
|Our hotel room|
|And we're off to see the city.|
|Ben Franklin was at the Visitor's Center!|
|"Let's pretend we're looking at the pictures so we don't|
have to go back outside in the heat!"
We finished up at the visitor center and worked our way in the direction of the bell taking some snapshots along the way as we strolled around town.
|Loooooong line waiting to see the Liberty Bell|
|Scott pretending to be interested in looking at the bell so|
we wouldn't have to go back out in the heat any time soon! :-)
|This sign does not make me want to park here.|
Once we got to Independence Hall for our tour we had to go through a security checkpoint, and then we walked into the square where we strolled around outside before they called our group's tour time...where we stood in line again before getting to go inside. And did I mention it was really hot outside? Once inside, our tour guide led us through the hall, detailing each room along the way.
|Emilee: "I think I'm melting."|
We finished up our tour and headed out to find some lunch. In my research I found some great reviews for Jim's Steaks so we could get a traditional Philly Cheesesteak. We found the restaurant, which was definitely a little hole in the wall, and the line was almost out the door. Once we got inside, we could see that there was a roped line (kind of like what you see at the fair) and not much seating. And the ordering process reminded me of the Soup Nazi episode in "Seinfeld" where you must know what you want when you reach the cook or no food! :-) We got the girls orders and left them in charge of grabbing a seat. There was only a line of stools with a bar-like shelf on the main level, and then there were some tables/chairs upstairs, which were all taken. The place was packed, but by the time we got our food, the girls had managed to snatch four stools along the wall. I will have to say, the sandwiches were well worth the wait! YUM!
Once we finished with a late lunch, we did a bit more walking around exploring the city. We decided to turn in early though because we were heading to the Big Apple tomorrow, Emilee's choice for our vacation. Since we were taking Amtrak from Philly to NYC, we didn't want to take all of our luggage and try to carry it around the city from the train to the hotel, so I had brought along four backpacks. We each packed our necessities and three day's worth of clothing in our packs, and then we spent the evening resting up for our big adventure in the big city. New York City, here we come!
|I spotted this dog school on our way back to the hotel. The dogs|
sitting in the window were real... they were people-watching!
Something about this just cracked me up!
|Good night, Philly!|