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Jul 7, 2015 - Center City, Philadelphia, and the Liberty Bell

We boarded a SEPTA train to Philadelphia, with the able assistance of David Bell. We had been told that of the major train systems in the Eastern U.S., the Philadelphia trains were the absolute worst for inexperienced riders, but thanks to David's guidance, we had a totally enjoyable one hour ride into Center City. David fell asleep on the train, and as I have been told, frequently gets himself in trouble as he travels back and forth to Temple for his classes. The cost was a whopping $12 for Kristy, David, and I, but because Larry has...

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Jul 7, 2015 - Philadelphia

Fantastic museums of history here. People ask why we came here as it is just another city but it is full of history and interest. Amazing Irish memorial here. 1 million Irish died in the Potato famine and another 1 million emigrated to the US, to Australia, to NZ and elsewhere. Our family is 50% Irish from these emigrants. See the beautiful photo of the memorial on the river bank.

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Jul 2, 2015 - Citi Field, Philadelphia PA

Citi Field, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, is a beautiful ballpark. We treated my sister Kristy Bell to her first ballgame ever, and as usual, sat in the nosebleed seats near third base. Kristy, who had little to no interest in the game, brought her film photography equipment with her and busied herself by shooting rolls and rolls of film to be developed in her darkroom at a later date. As you can see by the photos, there were a number of celebrities in attendance on this day before the fourth of July, including Ben Franklin, the...

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Nov 4, 2014 - Philadelphia PA

We took an afternoon tour of Constitution Hall, the Liberty Bell and Liberty Square, along with the Church nearby. It was a quick tour and there was much information to take in. Along with several hundred of our new friends, we all took what we could from the day. At the end I introduced Daryl to a Philly Cheesesteak Hogie ... a Philly original, of course.

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East Coast 2014

Oct 8, 2014 - Our Last Day

We started out the day with finally making it to the Hershey Gardens. It is a lovely garden on a hill overlooking the city. Other than a rose garden not much was in bloom but there were lots of Fall and Halloween decorations. The Northeast certainly gets into this time of year. So many homes have decorated for the season with some of them being quite elaborate. Our next stop was a glass making studio, a pottery shop and an Amish furniture company in Strasburg stopping at a couple covered bridges on the way. Saw the pottery shop and...

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Oct 3, 2014 - Lancaster and Amish Country

Lancaster and Amish Country Several days ago we visited the Info Center in Lancaster gathering information on things to do. Decided one of several things was a 90 minute Countryside bus tour and a tour of an Amish Farm and House. We thought the 10:30 tour sounded good, but by the time we got up, had breakfast, and Judi C decided she was familiar enough with the area she could get there without Garmin - but managed to do a country tour with "closed roads", etc. we arrived at 11:15. So with space available on the 12:30 tour - we bought...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Gettysburg

Today we headed out to the Gettysburg National Military Park which was about an hour drive from Hershey. We started at the Visitor's Center where we saw the film "A New Birth of Freedom" and the fully restored Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Cyclorama is a sound and light show of the spectacular 377-foot painting by Paul Phillippoteaux of Pickett's Charge completed in 1884. Pickett's Charge was a decisive Confederate defeat the ended the 3-day battle. While we were waiting for the movie to start, Judi B realized that she left her ATM card in the...

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Oct 1, 2014 - Museum District

Today we are returning to Philadelphia for culture - we made reservations for Barnes Foundation prior to leaving California. We are staying in Hershey, approximately one and one-half to two hours out of Philadelphia. After our rather lengthy drive to Hershey on Sunday, we opted to take the train in to Philadelphia - a short drive to Elizabethtown to catch the Amtrak for a relaxing hour and nineteen minute ride to the city, then one stop ride on SEPTA ( the regional rail) to be within walking distance of the Museum District. A very nice...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Touring Philadelphia

We walked from our hotel to Liberty Square, about 8 city blocks, wonderful buildings full of history. We took a Duck Tour, we took our first Duck Tour in Seattle and enjoyed it very much. The land part of the tour took us all over the city, we saw the "Rocky Statue" and the steps Sylvester Stallone ran up in the movie "Rocky". We needed more time to really experience all that Philadelphia has to offer. We ended the day at the Liberty Bell which was the bell on top City Hall and the bell cracked while on top of City Hall and it became the...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Covered Bridges

Woke up to really heavy fog and decided to wait until it burned off before we headed out for Lancaster, the center of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country (PDC). We stopped in at the Vistor's Center and got a lot of maps, brochures, and recommendations. We weren't sure where to start so we went to the Mr. Sticky's Sticky Buns food truck and split a walnut sticky bun. Really gooey! One of the maps we got was for all the covered bridges in the PDC and one of the suggestions was to visit the town of Lititz. There were 5 covered bridges on the way so...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Our drive to Philadelphia was filled with beautiful fall colors, when we entered the toll road, there was a bulletin asking us to be on the lookout for Feren - the killer who shot and killed two PA State Troopers. We drove around Philadelphia trying to find Tony Luke's finallly found it had one of his famous Philly Cheese Steak sandwich; however, we were not impressed. Oh, well, at least we tried. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express downtown and had dinner at The Times Restaurant just across the street from our hotel. We celebrated my...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Hershey

Decided to do a "get acquainted with Hershey, PA" quick tour. With a population of approximately 24,000 there cannot be much to do other than sample chocolate! Wrong - it's everything Hershey! So we started at Hershey's Chocolate World and signed up for the Hershey Tour. We boarded the Chocolate Trolley and with the driver and our entertaining guide saw all of Hershey, heard all about Milton Hershey, and sampled chocolates! Milton Hershey filed for bankruptcy four (4) times before making a go of it with chocolate! His initial confection was...

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