09 May 2008

Philadelphia IV

On the second day of our Philadelphia trip, we accomplished our other two objectives - visiting Independence National Historical Park and having lunch at Fogo de Chão.

The Assembly Room in the Pennsylvania State House (more commonly known as Independence Hall). It was in this room that George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in 1775, and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on 4 July 1776.

Another view of the Assembly Room. The design of the American flag was agreed upon here in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and the US Constitution was drafted in 1787. Busy place!

The stairs in Independence Hall. This is where the Committee of Five (Adams, Franklin, Sherman, Livingston and Jefferson) sing "But, Mr Adams" in the movie 1776.

A and K meet a couple of the carriage horses.

The menu posted in the window at Fogo de Chão. I'd meant to get a couple pictures of the waiters, but lost interest in the camera after the food started arriving.

Independence Hall.

K and A thanking Truman (the horse) for our tour.

N, K and the Liberty Bell. There's a picture of A and me, too, but by this time A was getting a little cranky so I'm not going to post that one.

The Liberty Bell. I'd never realised quite how large the famous crack was.

Philadelpia was the national capital from 1790 to 1800. The House of Representatives met in this room on the first floor of Congress Hall, immediately to the west of Independence Hall.

The Senate met in this chamber on the second floor. (They were really the upper house and the lower house in those days!)

The carpet on the floor of the Senate chamber is a reproduction of the original carpet, which was made in Philadelphia in the early 1790s.

A view south from the Independence Visitor Centre, with Independence Hall in the background. The low building to the right is the Liberty Bell Centre, wherein the bell is, with Congress Hall visible beyond it. Note the DUKW headed east on Market Street; next time we go to Philly we'll have to include a "duck" tour in our plans. (Unlike the folks in Boston, who use restored WWII-era DUKWs, the ones in Philadelphia use newly built vehicles based on the DUKW design.)

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