The architecture in the older historical part of the city was wonderful. Hard to see unless you click on the picture, but the brick work on this building was gorgeous.
We made a brief stop at the Museum of the American Revolution, and attempted to take a nice family picture by the cannons outside.
|What you didn't see - Carter's meltdown in the bathroom inside because I locked the door for him (ahem), followed by a meltdown while a stranger (whose family picture I took) tried to take our picture. Awesome.|
We wandered down to Independence Hall, where the day's tickets had unfortunately already been claimed. I think there was still some exploring we could have done, but we never got back around to it.
The line for the Liberty Bell was prohibitively long, so we checked out the unearthed remains of the president's house, basically the first White House.
|That line of bricks was part of the kitchen wall.|
And don't forget the Philly Phanatic...
|What you didn't see - a girl that had been monopolizing it prior, and inadvertently caused Carter to fall and bump his chin.|
...then stopped outside the Mint (another long line--security is tight) and wandered into the National Constitution Center. Note the beginning of the Constitution written on the right side.
|What you didn't see - Around the time I took this picture, Carter and Jacob were racing and Carter slugged Jacob in the chest, which led to complaints from Jacob for the rest of the day. Awesome.|
|What you didn't see - Carter's meltdown because he wanted a wooden gun. He asked the whole trip.|
|Photo op at the Constitution Center|
|View of Independence Hall from the other end of the plaza|
We were pretty annoyed and by that point (after a long day with the kids and a little too much heat), I was pretty much ready to leave. But along the way back was a place I sort of wanted to visit, even if I ran in myself--the National Liberty Museum. There was a Chihuly there, and it was the cheapest museum on our original list of possibilities. When we got there we needed some air conditioning anyway, so we wandered into the gift shop. Well, at that point the kids had to pee and whether or not she was supposed to, the gift shop attendant directed us to the bathrooms in the back...which happened to be right next to this:
Now, I snapped this picture quickly over my shoulder in case we didn't stay, but I felt a little guilty about seeing it without paying. And this was pretty much our last ditch effort for culture on the day, so in the end we paid admission and wandered through. It was honestly a glass museum in disguise, with the theme being "Liberty is fragile", but even the kids found some of the stuff cool.
This is a replica of the Liberty Bell, created out of the same cast. It has a fake crack. The good news is that because it's a fake crack, this bell can be rung, while the real one cannot. They rang it for us, and with barely a tap, it was so loud! With a real ring, it could be heard for five miles!
|Top floor - chandelier and the top of the tower sticking up through the floor|
|Looking down from the top floor - the mirrors at the base make it look like it goes on forever!|
|That is one huge piece of glass! Reminds me of one at Corning that was much smaller and reddish, I think.|
|This one was interesting. In the background were hundreds of motion activated butterflies that fluttered as you approached. The statues were kids made out of what appear to be jelly beans, with their heads on backward.|
|Ground floor, looking up at the Chihuly. Mirrors at the top make it look even taller.|
|Small Chihuly piece|
|Artsy shot with a marble fireplace in the background|
|Apparently this had something to do with the merchant exchange back in the day. Absolutely gorgeous building!|
We had to be up at the crack of dawn, so back to the hotel we went, and another interesting day awaited...