Well, folks, we made up for our lack of fun the last two weekends – all in one day! Yesterday, we were determined to do some exploration of Philly’s historic scene. The weatherman predicted 50’s and sunny, so we thought we better take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures. We set out (more like ran out) to catch the train for a little Philly fun. Of course, sunny never transpired, and we were a little under-dressed but still had a great time.
First stop – breakfast Amish style at the Dutch Eating Place in the Reading Terminal Market. We first visited the Dutch Eating Place during our house hunting trip, and once again the Amish did not disappoint. It was delicious!
Second stop – Independence Hall. You don’t have to get tour tickets in February, but there was a long line to get in. We had to wait about a half hour, but that gave us a chance to snap some pics of the building outside. Once inside, a tour guide leads you around and tells you the story of the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They have original items like Washington’s chair, Jefferson’s cane, and the ink stand used to draft and sign the Constitution. It was pretty cool to be standing in the same rooms where the Founding Fathers stood in 1776. The first room you’ll see in the pictures was a court room for the colony of Pennsylvania where lawyers from opposing sides shared a table and the same law books. In July 1776, representatives from each colony met in that same room to risk their lives and defy the King of England. The next room is where the Constitution was drafted and signed in 1787, which is where you will see Washington’s “rising sun” chair.
After the tour, we explored Congress Hall. You’ll see in one of the pictures this is where the original U.S. Congress met before Washington D.C. The bottom floor is where the state representatives met, and the upper floor is where the senate met. You’ll also see pictures of committee rooms where the different congressional committees would meet.
Our final historic stop was Old City Hall. This was the original City Hall of Pennsylvania before its current location, but it is also where the original U.S. Supreme Court met. Not as much to see in this building but still pretty cool.
On the train ride in, we noticed an abnormally large amount of people on the train, and many of them were talking about the car show. Kyle decided to check it out online and saw it was at the Convention Center right by our train stop. After our history tour, we decided to check it out. It was huge, and there was a mixture of current model cars and museum cars. The “Dubs” room held the motorcycles, rims, stereo systems, etc. We were a little disappointed there weren’t any “concept cars,” but it was still fun to see all of the different brands and models in the same room. You’ll see some of our favs in the pictures in the gallery.
After the car show, we headed back to Reading Terminal Market to share a baked ziti from By George! Pizza, Pasta, and Cheesesteaks. It was as delicious as we remembered. I also had an apple dumpling from the Dutch place – yum!! Then we headed back to catch the train for home. It was a super fun day, and we both slept very soundly last night. Hope you enjoy our pics!