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Philly Day 2…..

Timed tickets into Independence Hall….

The only thing that compares to being in the room where the Declaration of Independence was voted on…for this writer….was years back…. being on a cruise…going through the Panama Canal…..silent appreciation for what transpired…and being able to stand there all these years later….

A funny aside…a painting of the signers and the 3 who did not sign the Declaration…the painter was meticulous in making sure their faces were correct from old photos…except for one…no photos found of Jacob Broom…so he only painted his back…..right in the middle….leaning over the table….

on to the oldest House of Congress…..the 2nd one…the 1st was in New York….Congress downstairs…Senate upstairs….recreated all inside…with the exception of 26 original chairs…20 Congress/6 Senate….

The National Park Service really does a superb job ….here….www.nps.gov

Walked around Philly…..up and down the streets…. …saw the wonderful architecture….old and new….

Another funny aside…The Ben Franklin Hotel…… kept original in the lobby….now condos…with a restaurant in the lobby called Ben’s…..for fine Indian Cuisine!

Decided to take in another well known attraction….The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Mutter Museum…www.collphyphil.org

A disturbing…fascinating collection of artifacts from the past used for health care…and the freaks of nature that exists….over the top….

Took in the Philly/Mets game …9-4 Mets…a full stadium of 45 thousand…rabid fans from both teams…

And for the first time…rode the subway….just following all the red Philly shirts…there and back…quite fun!…

Last day today…

on to the Museum of Art…to do the “Rocky” run up the stairs ….and see the the beauties inside….

more to come…..

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