The first night the hostel hosted Movie Night replete with free beer and Philadelphia themed films. Rocky was the second one, a film I hadn't seen before, and a plan quickly formed to go to the 'Rocky steps' the next day. These are actually the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
We did some classy poses then raced up the 72 steps. I didn't win but I claim it was because of my jandals! (Also known as flipflops or thongs depending on your nationality.)
|The view from the top!|
On the way home we were a little more cultural, visiting Rodin's 'Thinker' with more classy poses and checking out the amazing town hall building.
There were some random other sculptures too.
We even stumbled across the New Zealand flag though it was looking a little sad.
|The aisle of all the countries.|
That afternoon it was back out for a look at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence severed the British ties.
|The famous bell with it's crack.|
|Our guide for Independence Hall|
|The room where they held court|
|The room where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed. Washington sat in the chair at the head of the room.|
|Another important room - mainly the eagle above cracks me up.|
|The actual ink well used in the signing.|
|Mum was exited to stand where JFK once did.|
Then there was the surgeon who didn't think he had enough light inside so took his patients to the garden to operate - the faint screams can still be heard over the fence.
|The surgeon's garden|
|The first United States' flag - 13 stars for 13 states.|
After the ghost tour Ghostbusters was an obligatory watch! And the next day we headed on to Washington DC.
Before we caught the bus however, we discovered the Chemical Heritage Museum - science nerd Nina was in heaven!
Something I do have to add about Philly is that they know they're the birthplace of the States. Liberty, Democracy, Freedom and flags were everywhere (though the latter's fairly standard for the States). This was amusing to me in a clichéd way, especially as NZ's patriotism is so subtle you'd be forgiven for not noticing it at all!