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On a recent trip to Philadelphia with my kids I wanted to explore the founding fathers old haunts-because I'm a history lover and oh yeah! I wanted to cross it off of my bucket list. The tourism board in Philadelphia was wonderful, even though I wasn't able to see everything-I was impressed with their willingness to work with a travel blogger. I was given a pass to see all that there was to see and of course come back and report on it. I took my children and myself down to historic "old city" Philadelphia. That was overwhelmingly awesome.
I'm going to cover Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, where to eat, walking around the historic district, tales of the forefathers, and Christ Church. We even visited the first post office, set up by Benjamin Franklin himself.
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal..."
When you get there do this:
1. Go to the Independence Hall Visitors Center and get you timed ticket to see Independence hall. It's important to get there early, so you can get in. In the warmer months, tickets are sold out by 11am. It is free for the tour-don't miss it.
2. Walk from there to the President's house across the street, tour the structure where George Washington slept in those early years when the nation's capital was Philadelphia.
3. Walk over to see the Liberty Bell. Cracked in 1846 the bell was repaired but unfortunately never rang again. It is on display, where visitors can view this historic piece of our nation's history for free.
4. Walk across the street from Independence hall and get a Philly Cheesesteak-everyone does it. Make sure you go where the locals are oh and watch for cars running the curbs.
5.Take a tour on your own-walk by stores like Silence Do Good's (you know who penned that name?)
6. Visit Elfreth Alley-the oldest Colonial street in existence, and people still live there. There has to be ghosts!
7. Christchurch where the founding fathers pondered their fates, and William Penn's baptismal font is on display.
8. Ben Franklin's grave and several other signers graves are located at the Christchurch burial ground a small fee of $2.00 to go in, pay it-it supports the upkeep of this historic site.
NO one living today has ever heard the liberty bell ring, it was silenced forever in 1846.
Of course I had to rewatch John Adams and National Treasure.
There are so many places to see here, including Benjamin Franklin's grave. Visitors toss a penny on it-my kids and all did. Make a wish, and throw a penny-i'm not sure what I wished for. We throw pennies because Franklin coined the phrase "a penny saved is a penny earned" so it's lucky to do that. I think.
20,000 people attended his funeral.
His grave reads:
The Body of
Like the Cover of an old Book,
Its Contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be whlly lost:
For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,
In a new & more perfect Edition,
Corrected and Amended
By the Author.
He was born on January 6, 1706.
Arriving in the late after dinner sun in Philadelphia's Chinatown was straight out of a scene of "Big Trouble in Little China." Even the windows steamy and filled with spices, and pictures of Chinese demigods were entrancing. Between Vine to Arch Street between 9th to 12th street is where Asian fusion begins. It wasn't just me exploring-the kids came along too. The windows with the dead Peking ducks was a surefire stop and the kids stood there mesmerized. No heads were chopped off, so we continued our walk about a block past the entrance gates to a place called Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodles.
So my advice get some noodles, crafted from a 160 year old recipe. They have other things on the menu too- Thai peanut noodles only $6.00 a bowl. Plus, if you are particularly adventurous you can try out the Jellied Jellyfish and spicy sauce- it was pretty awesome.
Then wander, seriously my kids wandered with me-because travel should be a family thing--if you have a family. We wandered to this place called Vivi Bubble tea-and it was super cute inside. They were pink, and green with cute emoji like characters. The tea was an experience. Not ever sipping it before, with large round balls of tapioca-it was not pleasurable. The kids choked,but we had an experience. Others around us love it and every article online about it says that it is tasty. It must be a texture thing.
VisitPhilly.com was so nice-they supplied YOURS TRULY with an awesome press trip! We explored as much as we could-more to come on Philly. So wander the streets, and check out the vistas because Chinatown in Philly is definitely cool!
The internet was going chicken crazy, when the footage of a huge bird emerging from a coop in the US went viral. Some thought it was fake, but unfortunately it is not. The chicken is a Brahama, "the king of all poultry." In 1901 these birds were weighing in at 18 pounds a chicken. They were created in the 1850s at a time that the world was in "hen fever."
NObody agrees where they came from
The breed is thought to have been bred with large chickens from China that much is known. However, there are twelve names possible for the breed and still not one livestock specialist can agree on a single possible one to represent them all.
The name Brahma was given to the breed by a farmer in 1853 who just wanted to save space on his add in the paper!
Queen victoria RECEIVED these special birds
Mr.George Burnham sent nine of these in 1852, to Queen Victoria who had quite the bird collection. The pair price jumped to $100 per pair,making it very lucrative and the bird to have if you were one in the know.
Great for meat, and armageddon!
People were literally scared this past weekend on Twitter! The latest is that these birds are the stuff of nightmares, like a human child wrapped in a chicken suit. Disturbing, yes.
Society loves fairies, lets face it the tales, and merchandise are everywhere. Even before marketing and 21st century life fairy tales were a huge deal. They were read and sung by passing bards, they were hunted out, sought out by men like the Grimm Brothers-it's not just a phase. These creatures can be winged, or like a human tall and perhaps elfin with their ears or entirely like tinkerbell who can only speak with a whisper or a bell. Even better Labyrinth-they bite. Each interpretation is different from the previous one. The one thing remains, even today we seek them, from fairy doors to fairy gardens. We have not lost the hope that there is something else out there, different from us and magically available if one only knows how to conjure it. The Cottingley Fairies were one of these instances.
What are the COTTINGLEY fairies?
Two cousins in Cottingley England ventured into the woods and played a brook daily. They came home wet and muddy quite often. In fact, the youngest cousin Frances insisted to her mother that she was playing with fairies at the waterfall. Elsie the older cousin agreed with Frances. The pair begged for a camera to get proof for the adults and that is how the fairy pictures began. The girls began taking more and more pictures which started a sensation in the England. Some believed it was proof of fairies and others that is was a hoax. The girls insisted until their deaths that fairies are real, and that the pictures were not a hoax. The "living fairies" were pictured between 1917 and 1920.They even had Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fooled-even though his Sherlock would have had it figured out.
How to get to the cottingley fairies
A scenic village Cottingley is located between Shipley and Bingley in Yorkshire, England. Cottingley is a wonderful place, historical and very much filled with remnants that Elsie and Frances (the Cottingley fairy girls) would notice. People do come here to find fairies for themselves, because hey it's a belief. Originally named for the sons of Cota, and a highly prized meadow area it was never inhabited by one family long. The area suffered from the plague in the seventeenth century and became famous because of the early 20th century living fairies.
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