Thursday, February 7, 2013

Philly Weekend

At the end of January, I took a weekend trip up to Philly to visit Karen, a friend from college. We tried to keep it cheap by doing inexpensive and free things. It ended up to be a lot of fun! We toured some of the classic historic sites such as the Liberty Bell. I totally looked like a tourist with my camera around my neck. :)


We started at the visitor center for some helpful tips and info.


And then we went to the Liberty Bell! I had never seen it before (in person), so I was excited. Since it was January, we didn't run into any huge crowds.


Next we took a tour of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed.


This here is a mock courtroom. 



I ducked out while the guide was talking to take some pictures of the gorgeous foyer.


Next was the actual room where the document was signed. They even had the ink stand that was most likely used.




I loved the chandelier... :)


After touring the first level of Independence Hall, we were allowed to go upstairs. They were just rooms decorated with period items. The first room was the Governor's Council Chamber.



The larger room on the second floor was decorated for a gathering.



They even had a harpsichord!


There were giant maps on the wall of Maryland and Virginia. I found where I live! :)


After the tour, Karen and I walked over to the Portrait Gallery.



The Portrait Gallery was another beautiful building. I loved all the doors.







The basement was pretty awesome with all the brick walls and arches.



We then walked a few blocks to Christ Church. Let me tell you... that building was so. amazingly. beautiful. I didn't take any pictures inside because this guy who works there was talking to us. They even had a huge, really old Bible with illuminated lettering under a glass case. So cool!



Outside of the church, there was this little mini shed. I thought it was absolutely adorable. :)


After walking around all morning, we headed to Chinatown for lunch. I had double pan-fried noodles. Yum. :) The rest of the weekend we went to the Philly Macy's and Barnes & Noble to relax. We cooked some delicious (although spicy!) chili for dinner and watched Lark Rise to Candleford. I already can't wait for my next Philly trip! I think the zoo will be on the plans for my next visit... :)

5 comments:

  1. I love doing Old City. Like a typical Philadelphian, I don't get around my own city enough, though :)

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  2. Ben Franklin's grave is neat. People leave pennies there.

    It is at Christ Church...if you didn't see it.

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  3. It's ok to he a tourist when on vacation it's allowed. Thanks for stopping by @ itbakesmehappy.com

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  4. Sounds like a great time! I love the history in those rooms! Lovely pics!!!

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  5. Time spent with friends is so much fun!
    I am hoping to be with one of my friends in the coming days and talk and laugh our hearts out :)

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.in

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