08/04/2013 - 08/04/2013 84 °F
Early to rise at 6:30. Really wanted to eat at Honey Restaurant, which unfortunately doesn't adhere to its posted hours on Sundays. Ended up at Dunkin' Donuts just to sugar the kids up for a nice crash later in the middle of the tours We did manage to knock out a picture by the Liberty Bell in the early hours without entering the building
and a not-so-professional pic by Independence Hall.
I did like the 25 minute free tour of the hall where we saw George Washington's 1/2 sun chair in the room where the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution were both signed.
With just enough time before the FREE walking tour, we jetted into the Bell and got an up-close and personal.
The FREE TOURS BY FOOT was really cool. The guys voice had far projection over the crowd, bus', etc. We walked, stopped, listened, and walked some more. We charted 9 miles on foot today in total. I'm eating well enough to have that not make a darn bit of difference. We started with the signer's walk of plaques just like the Hollywood Stars,
stopped inside the Carpenter's Hall (boarding house for many signers, one of whom the boys met,
and met a building that was just like a mullet (business in the front and party in the back).
It being Sunday we got to hear just the ending of an organ solo in Christ's Church (hasn't missed a service since the 1800's and has seated all dignitaries that passed through Philadelphia).
It was Betsy Ross' house (or not) that was much less a tale of the times that no one is still sure of.
My favorite and last stop of the tour was the resting place of Benjamin Franklin. Boy do we owe a lot to that guy. His biography(auto or not) is on my list of next to read. The boys and I tossed pennies for good luck upon his grave.
Head's up good luck for us; heads down good for him.
Lunch was a little walking distance away. Sunday kept the crowds away at Mac's Tavern.
I had the Buffalo 'Scuitto Sandwich which was different from anything I'd ever tasted. Flavorful! Next was the agenda was the RiverLink Interpretive Cruise (fancy name for ferry with taped soundtrack down to one bridge and back). It was just what our tired feet needed. The battleships, steamboats, and ports were documented as we sailed between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Upon docking Daddy spotted paddleboats which he took Watson on (shape of large Swan..crazy). The little boys and I headed to our hotel across the street and wified for an hour in the lobby with free fruit. When they were all together, Chris took them swimming and I took a drive downtown to Redbox to prepare for the long journed to NYC tomorrow.
I, believe it or not, went against the itinerary when I returned so as not to go out again, so we walked literally across the street to dinner at City Tavern (old fashioned with candles, costumes, pewter cups, and runners).
The boys had turkey pot pie that was scrumptuous, and Chris enjoyed two locally brewed beers with age-old recipes from the founding fathers. What a great way to end the night.