When we moved east we planned on being here one year for sure. With that year as a certainty, and everything beyond it an uncertainty, we traveled like gypsies during that time. Actually, I don't know how gypsies travel, but we were constantly spending weekends away from our home, exploring history and country we were unsure we'd visit again. But seven years later, we're happy to start re-visiting them, and hoping that somewhere along the way they'll stick as memories in our children's minds.
We first visited Philadelphia in March of 2009. We've had subsequent visits to the area since, but never revisited the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross house, and others, until this weekend. There was a chance of rain, but there always seems to be some excuse, so we hopped in the van anyway and a little over 2.5 hours later saw the Philly skyline. Here's a double decker bridge. I think it's the one that takes you over the Delaware Canal. Driving back over it is when you're on the upper level.
From here we went to the U.S. Mint, which was very cool, but you're not allowed to take photos. It boggles the mind to think of how much money they make everyday. That day the quarter machine was up and running. We saw the roll of metal being fed into a machine that punched out the blanks. It was quite the site.
Just down a couple of blocks is the Betsy Ross House. It was near closing time so we didn't go in, but the storyteller there shared with us the invention of the slinky - made in Philadelphia.
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