Philadelphia Attractions! – Liberty Bell Independence Hall Philly Cheese Steak Reading Terminal Market

Independence Hall - Philadelphia USA

To round up our list of things to do and attractions in Philadelphia, we are going to cover Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross and the American Flag as well as all the yummy stuff at Reading Terminal Market!

We start our historical trail at the independence hall and it all starts here, at the independence square…

Picture of the Independence Square
Picture of the Independence Square

While we were there, the independence hall was under renovation…

Independence Hall Philadelphia
Independence Hall Philadelphia

We were led into the hall where the declaration of independence was signed…

Hall where the declaration of Independence was signed
Hall where the declaration of Independence was signed

We were told by the tour guide (who by the way is very very knowledgeable) that there are currently 2 actual pieces of articles from George Washington’s time. The rest of the tables and chairs re-modeled to resemble what it was like during that time. So the two articles were…

The painting seen here taken with our Philly Bear from Radisson Hotel

Painting from George Washington's time
Painting from George Washington’s time

and the chair which George Washington sat on…

Chair with a sun that George Washington sat on
Chair with a sun that George Washington sat on

We were told by our guide that George Washington often questioned whether the sun was a rising sun or a setting sun. The answer was obvious…a rising sun…

Next, we were told a piece of information that even most Americans would not know. The declaration of Independence was actually completed on the 2nd of July 1776! Then why was the declaration of independence only signed on 4th of July 1776? According to our guide, it was time taken to amend from the version that Thomas Jefferson had originally drafted. Some of the things like abolition of slavery as well as the mention of the tyranny of the king were removed from the final version…

Next we were led upstairs…

Going upstairs of Independence Hall
Going upstairs of Independence Hall

The long room upstairs of Independence Hall
The long room upstairs of Independence Hall

Other stuff upstairs…

Piano Independence Hall
Piano Independence Hall

Study Table Independence Hall
Study Table Independence Hall

The arms in the Ammunition Room @ Independence Hall
The arms in the Ammunition Room @ Independence Hall

The signer was fashioned to commemorate the fore fathers who signed 2 important documents in the history of America – The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

The statue of the Signer
The statue of the Signer

Plaque of the Signer
Plaque of the Signer

What we really like about Philadelphia is that life in the city is so delicately interwoven and intertwined with its history. Just a few blocks away, we are along the historical trails where we arrived at the Betsy Ross House. We were just in time for the daily flag raising ceremony at about 10am.

Flag raising ceremony Betsy Ross House
Flag raising ceremony Betsy Ross House

You would almost certainly notice that there are only 13 stars on this flag. This was because it represents the number of states then that participated in the movement…

Betsy Ross Flag with 13 stars
Betsy Ross Flag with 13 stars

Next we visited the liberty bell with its infamous crack…

The Liberty Bell Philadelphia
The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

Well we didn’t exactly catch the crack (because of the crowd) as we took it from the back angle. There were many stories in the hall that leads up to the bell which tells of why the bell cracked what happened when they rang the bell when the declaration of independence was read and so on…

Hallways of stories about the Liberty Bell
Hallways of stories about the Liberty Bell

There were many recollections and many interesting snippets about the Liberty Bell, do spend some time reading them!

Next we headed to the famous Reading Terminal Market!

Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia
Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia

The reason why we were here was because of Man vs Food (MVF)! At that time, we were still having our Starhub Cable TV, so we watched MVF every Wednesday. This episode recounted the French-Dipped Sandwich of DiNic’s!

Dinic's Roast Pork and Beef @ Reading Terminal Market
Dinic’s Roast Pork and Beef @ Reading Terminal Market

We took the liberty of ordering both the Pork and the Beef sandwich topped one with roasted pepper (Jalapeno – chilli pepper) and the other with Spinach.

Beef Sandwich topped with Roasted Pepper and Pork Sandwich with Spinach @ DiNic's
Beef Sandwich topped with Roasted Pepper and Pork Sandwich with Spinach @ DiNic’s

We didnt regret it! In fact, even as we’re writing this post, we’re feeling hungry!! The roast was tender and flavourful while the peppers really packed a punch (definitely not for those who do not take chilli). The spinach also complimented the sandwich really really well.

Not only was the food good, there was some eye candy for Kate as well…

Handsome Owner of Dinic's
Handsome Owner of Dinic’s

As we ventured along the walkways of Reading Terminal Market, we stumbled unto another gem…

Walkways of Reading Terminal Market
Walkways of Reading Terminal Market

Bassetts Ice Cream - America's Oldest Ice Cream Company
Bassetts Ice Cream – America’s Oldest Ice Cream Company

The ice cream was o so good! It was because of the high content of butter in Bassetts ice cream, so do take note…
The ice cream parlour also packs in alot of history, being established in 1861 and serving in this same spot for a long long long time now…

Peanut Butter Swirl with Rum and Raisin @ Bassetts Ice Cream
Peanut Butter Swirl with Rum and Raisin @ Bassetts Ice Cream

There was also chocolates galore here in the Reading Terminal Market…

Chocolates Galore!
Chocolates Galore!

Chocolates Galore again!
Chocolates Galore again!

After the delights, we took a walk along the river and caught a glimpse of the USS New Jersey

USS New Jersey
USS New Jersey

Olympia Steel Warship and Becuna Submarine
Olympia Steel Warship and Becuna Submarine

Along the banks, we saw the Olympia (World’s oldest steel warship afloat today, since 1892) and the Becuna Submarine used during WW2.

Olympia and Becuna
Olympia and Becuna

Further on, we walked by other memorials such as these Vietnam and Korean War Memorial…

Vietnam War Memorial Philadelphia
Vietnam War Memorial Philadelphia

Korean War Memorial Philadelphia
Korean War Memorial Philadelphia

On the last day as we walked about town, we came by the famous Philadelphia Stock Exchange…

Philadelphia Stock Exchange
Philadelphia Stock Exchange

Rounding up the trip, there was just one last thing we had to do…that is to enjoy a Philly Cheesesteak!

Philly Cheese Steak
Philly Cheese Steak

Philly Cheese Steak from the road stalls, the way the locals have them

Road side stall
Road side stall

Philadelphia has got to be one of our favouritest place in USA. It has got a rich history, modern architecture and great food. It is a must visit place when you are in the USA!

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