This is a Sculpture at the Constitution Center where our group was headed by limousine.
Independence Hall, on a really dreary Philadelphia day, started in 1732 and completed in 1753, is thought to be the birthplace of the United States. It was within its walls that the Declaration of Independence was adopted and where the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed. This is the rear of the building in the plaza where the Liberty Bell is housed in another structure.
Another view looking at Independence Hall.
This is the courtyard garden at The Liberty Bell Center
View seen from the limo ride of ships along the waterfront, just before the big downpour. The limo was moving very fast and the ships were hard to capture, so we settle for roses above and a tree below.
Big Sailing Ship
My Garden Fling started a bit earlier than most, here in Philadelphia.
While not a Fling garden, I find Philly a most fascinating garden city with some of the most beautiful landscapes around. I would vote for Philly to host a Fling in the future, because the city has so much to offer a visitor.
What you are seeing here is The Liberty Bell Center gardens. They are small, but nicely done.
My cousin and her grandson, just as the sun starts to peek out and make for a nicer day.
When I lived in PA, I did get to Philadelphia pretty often because our business had season tickets to the Flyers, 76ers, and Eagles. I was quite a sports fan, but have to say it waned living here near Buffalo. No offense to the local teams, but the team spirit always seemed greater in Philadelphia. But Buffalo does do tailgate parties pretty darn good. Many are fair weather fans though.
I went to the Constitution Center with my cousin and her grand kids (above in limo) for a half day. We went in style in a stretch limo and our driver was named Ruben, a driver my cousin knew well. A very nice guy, he was the utmost professional. Why a limo? My cousin travels to Philadelphia this way often. I guess it is better than finding a parking place and dealing with traffic. Anyway, it was a nice ride.
First stop was the Constitution Center on this rainy day.
The Founding Fathers in The National Constitution Center. These statues were life size, but our founding fathers were rather short. I was taller than many of them.
The Boss and his Corvette. This was part of the Bruce Springsteen exhibit we had tickets for, but did not see. The kids were getting bored.
We did see an original copy of the Constitution.
This is the Sculpture on Transportation that was on exhibit. A detail of it is in the first image of the post. We were not allowed photos in the center unless part of a photography group, which the guards though I was a part. Rather than getting found out as an interloper, I lowered the camera to my waist and shot like a photo ninja, hoping to get a good exposure and focus. Not bad huh, for shooting in the blind?
The garden outside The Liberty Bell Center
This is the Liberty Bell. Well, at least the Liberty Bell stunt Bell, one of 55 imposter bells. I do not know if this is the actual Bell housed in The Liberty Bell Center, but my cousin’s grandson said this is a duplicate. I tried to find out but no luck. No one was talking. Anyway, it is displayed in a glass enclosure in beautiful accommodations, real or not.
Originally, the Bell hung in the bell tower of the State House, Independence Hall, today (and shown at the start of this post), back in 1753. The abolitionists rang the bell as a symbol of liberty because it was inscribed with “Proclaim Liberty” (you can see that barely in the image to the left). Today, the Bell is a symbol of America’s Freedom. Everyone who studied American history probably knows this information and why the Bell is cracked, so I won’t get into all of the History.
Pennsylvania loves its trees. It means Penn’s Woods literally, and PA is very respectful of the natural spaces, although they are becoming less and less.
We went to lunch at the oldest restaurant in Philadelphia, The City Tavern, run by world-famous, Chef Staib. The restaurant was restored to 90 percent of original authenticity after it burned down in 1834. It was also called the Merchants’ Coffee House at that time, and was the political, social, and business center of the new United States. When it burned down, the merchants decided to build the Merchant’s Exchange across the street. It was later restored and rebuilt, which shows how important history is in this city.
We dined in the same room that George Washington had his inaugural dinner. This restaurant was a favorite of many of the Founding Fathers. Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, and Paul Revere all ate here.
This is the room where Washington dined, and so did we. In 1789, George Washington celebrated here with 250 Philadelphia bluebloods prior to his inaugural in New York City in this restaurant. My cousin purchased a book written on this restaurant and it included the recipes of Chef Staib. The food is all fresh grown and mostly authentic to the time period.
Another place we stopped was at the Curtis Publishing Company to see the Favrile glass mosaic by Tiffany Studios. Entitled, The Dream Garden, it is based on a Maxfield Parrish painting, and the artist’s own gardens. It is very large at 15 feet by 49 feet.
Dream Garden Mural
Detail of the mural of over 100,000 glass pieces.
Ruben and his ride after he dropped us off at my cousin’s city home. I will show you the house my grandfather grew up in, owned by the Historical Society. The mansion was bequeathed to them by my cousin’s mother. Currently, it is used for private parties and tours. Shortly, I will show the place I spent my teenage years, then the home I had before moving to New York.
We will get to the large public gardens in PA next, starting with the Morris Arboretum, followed later, by some Fling images. Lots to post and more to come on where I grew up.