Travelling in USA 2008/09 travel blog

Liberty Bell

Independence Hall ..

.. inside where the Declaration and Constitution were drawn up

Caught the train from New York's Penn Station to Philadelphia's 30th Street station - great journey, on time, comfy seats - well done Amtrak! My hotel was in Society Hill, just by the Old City and after check-in, I headed straight for the various sites on the Independence National Historic Park - starting with the visitor centre and then Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

The 2080 lb bronze Liberty Bell was made in the Whitechapel Bell foundry in London in 1751 - the inscription reads "Proclaim liberty through all the land, to all the inhabitants thereof." - and was tolled most notably for the first public reading of the the Declaration of Independence here.

Independence Hall is where the delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 - and again, later, to draw up the Constitution to replace the original inadequate Articles of Confederation

On a recommendation from a local, I ate in a great - upmarket! - tapas restaurant - sitting at the bar watching the chefs at work was fascinating ... and the guy next to me at the bar turned out to be the father of one of them; and then a woman set down next to me who is going to be in DC this weekend - and we agreed to meet up ... everyone is so friendly!

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