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  • Day47

    Day 47 - A Rocky Revolution

    October 24, 2016 in the United States

    So far on this trip Alice and I have been to the site where the Mayflower first reached US soil and also where revolution started in Boston. Today we visited the principle sites where a nation was founded. Philadelpia is home to Independence Hall where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. We joined a tour through the various rooms and it was explained in detail what occurred here. It was an interesting look into this period of US history and the prominent figures involved.

    It was now time for lunch and we headed to Reading Terminal Market, a large indoor food fair. It took a while to choose and we eventually headed to where the Philli Cheese Steaks were being sold. I opted for the BLT Hogie and Alice had the Kamikaze Cheese Steak. They were both bursting with meat and other gloriously greasy delights. We also got some highly rated (from a podcast) donuts from Beiler.

    We then walked around downtown and the city's artistic highlights soon become apparent. There are many amazing murals adorning the city's walls and it was cool to see one being worked on by an artist standing on a crane. We were on our way to Philadelpia's Magic Gardens where a house and it's garden are decorated with broken mirrors and glass bottles amongst other disused material. It is an impressive feat and was a worthwhile visit.

    We then visited the oldest tavern in Philadelphia, The McGillin's Ale House. We had ales of course. And so with bellies full of food and ale there was only one thing we could do... (cue music)... we ran up the steps of the Philadelpia Art Museum. In honour of the most famous training sequence in movie history, we literally followed in the footsteps of Rocky. OK I'll admit it, we didn't run, but walking was hard enough. Various photos at the top of the steps laters and then it was time to work our way back home. It was a busy, educational and fun day in Philadelpia. I had a feeling the next day was going to be a quiet one...

    Song of the Day:
    Bruce Springstein - Streets of Philadelpia
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  • Day6

    A Name Without a Face...Literally

    May 14, 2017 in the United States

    After so much walking around Philly, you would think that we all lost a good number of pounds! Well, this walking also lead us to a very interesting and ironic discovery of famous historic people sidewalk plates. This particular image is none other than John Hancock...his face was clearly not needed since his signature is the spotlight star! (JK his face just wore off his sidewalk plate!) #walkingwondersRead more

  • Day13

    Philly - Altstadt

    May 22, 2017 in the United States

    Heute wurde es recht geschichtlich, denn wir haben uns in den Independence National Historical Park begeben. Dem Ort, an dem die Unabhängigkeitserklärung und Verfassung unterzeichnet, die ersten beiden Präsidenten vereidigt und quasi die Nation gegründet wurde.
    Was das bedeutet, dürfte klar sein: Patriotismus, Museen und Geschichtliches ohne Ende, Schulklassen werden in Kompaniestärke durch die Gebäude und entlang der Infozentren geschleust, und alle Leute fotografieren sich mit allem, was historisch aussieht.
    Wir haben uns dem Ganzen angeschlossen und ein paar Führungen mitgemacht, war recht interessant und showtechnisch auch gut gemacht. Liberty Hall, Independence Hall und die Liberty Bell waren schon schön.
    Nur der ganze Patriotismus und die Egozentrik sind ein bisschen doll gewesen, aber ansonsten alles gut.
    Da das Wetter heut eher nicht mitspielen wollte (Regen bis 14 Uhr), die Stadt auch weniger international ausgerichtet ist als z.B. New York und so ein Haufen Schüler unterwegs waren, fiel direkt auf, das verdächtig weniger Chinesen/Japaner/was auch immer da waren... oder sie gingen aufgrund der annähernd gleichen Körpergröße wie die Kinder auch einfach nur in der Menge unter.

    Abends ging es dann in die City Tavern. Dort gab es lecker Essen wie zu Kolonialzeiten. Auch das Ambiente war entsprechend. Die Bedienungen liefen in alten Klamotten der damaligen Zeit umher, man trank aus Zink-Bechern und das Essen war nicht nur lecker, sondern auch nach alter Küche zubereitet. Wir speisten Corn Chowder, Colonial Turkey Pot Pie und Lachs. Dazu sehr leckeres Ale. Dank 2für1-Gutschein war das Ganze auch gut finanzierbar.
    Anschließend noch einen Spaziergang durch's Hafenviertel mit urigen Pubs und Kneipen gemacht.
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  • Day17

    Tag 19 Philadelphia- New York

    July 23, 2017 in the United States

    Die letzte Fahrt Richtung New York stand an(375km). Bevor wir New York erreicht haben sind wir noch kurz nach Philadelphia gefahren- die Wiege der Nation. Dort wurde die Unabhängigkeit erklärt. Wir konnten dort die "Liberty Bell" besichtigen und auch das "Rocky" Denkmal.
    Nach einem kurzem Aufenthalt ging es endlich nach New York City, wo wir am Abend noch eine Stadtrundfahrt unternommen haben. Zuerst sind wir auf der "High Line" spazieren gegangen. Das ist eine umgebaute Güterzugtrasse, die jetzt eine Parkanlage ist. Im Anschluss gab es einen Spaziergang im Central Park und weiter zur 5th Avenue. Außerdem dem waren wir noch kurz im Rockefeller Center (besteht aus 13 Gebäuden). Danach ging es zum Times Squere, wo es nur von Leuten wimmelt. Die ganzen LED- Beleuchtungen sind schon enorm.Read more

  • Day12

    Independence Hall

    April 27, 2016 in the United States

    In Philadelphia looking at the beginning of the USA from all the way back in the 1730's! I can probably see things from my house that are older, but not the point I guess.

    It was cool to see and learn about the declaration of independence and the beloved constitution. However, if I can be serious for a moment (which I can do in short bursts),..

    It was interesting to see how proud Americans were of it, the guide would start a line from it and everybody else would finish it. In principle, what they were creating was great, a free country, run by the people where everyone was equal. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". The guide pointed out that this of course didn't include women. For me it also didn't include Native Americans or Black people. Things have changed since...

    But I also thought that there would have been people in that room, quoting that line, who would have voted for Donald Trump. So they can talk about treating everyone the same while wanting to kick out Mexicans and Muslims. Difference between knowing something and following it I guess.

    Rant over, Philadelphia also a little scary in places! Katie got her Philly Cheese Steak though. I'll pass.
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  • Day7

    Ben Franklin Museum

    May 15, 2017 in the United States

    The Ben Franklin Museum was one of the places that the class tackle together, it was an interesting museum. It was very hands on and showed you many of his experiments and or inventions. It was good to get some better insight on the man that was very popular Ben Franklin.

  • Day7

    Colonial Meal

    May 15, 2017 in the United States

    For our lunch one afternoon we took a trip to the city Tavern do you have a colonial meal. This was something way different than any of us had experienced. At our table, not many people ate the salad because it was something different than what we had ate before, and there was a gnat in someone's salad. The main course was tasty, but it would have been better with some good water, not the tap.

  • Day7

    The First Market!

    May 15, 2017 in the United States

    After colonial lunch one day we decided to hit up the first ever market. We decided that this would be a new experience and maybe we could find some goodies. What we realized about this market was it was mostly food, and we had just ate. It was a good experience to see all the variety of food, even though we didn't purchase anything.

  • Day22

    Independence Hall - Philadelphia, PA

    July 8, 2017 in the United States

    Ah, the Cradle of Liberty, City of Brotherly Love, king of the cheesesteak!

    I have been to Philly many times and visiting Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell is always special. The building holding the bell has been upgraded, since I was there last. It is nice, well nicer, since it wasn't bad before.

    We saw a copy of the Declaration of Independence that is only a month older than the one at The National Archives in Washington DC. Elbridge Gerry's copy of the second draft of The Articles of Confederation and George Washington's copy of the final draft of The Constitution.

    Seeing the The Liberty Bell and hearing its history and symbolism is inspiring. Experiencing the building where both The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted is something else. It was a great stop. 🇺🇸

    "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof." - Inscribed on The Liberty Bell
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