With just two and a half days to explore Philadelphia and the surrounding countryside, we had to pack a lot into a short visit. My Clinard cousin, George Boyden has lived in Philadelphia for years and made a great tour guide. We enjoyed sharing family history in the evenings and he shared his love of history as we toured his city. We also share a love for flowers and antiques.
And just a few blocks away, Elfreth’s Alley established in 1736
Working our way to the Liberty Hall…
Just around the corner from Liberty Hall is the Philadelphia Bourse and inside is a shopping area and food court with public restrooms downstairs.
Liberty Hall pictured below. The Liberty Bell is in a structure behind where I was standing. You have to get a ticket at the Liberty Bell for it and the Liberty Hall tour. There was a really long line to get inside to see the Liberty Bell so we skipped it.
George said he had a treat for me for lunch if we didn’t mind walking a bit farther… The Reading Terminal and Market. http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/
Inside is a wonderland for foodies… Individual businesses rent space that are food related so you can eat a meal at a dizzying array of mini restaurants and counters, or shop for fresh produce, meat, eggs, cheese, candy, etc. WOW!
We then caught a bus to go visit his friends that own Woven Treasures, a delightful rug, textile and tile shop. I LOVE textiles and they were happy to educate me about their vast inventory. They also carry accent pieces, jewelry and scarves and more. http://woventreasuresphilly.com/
What a day! So many famous places to see and so little time but we packed a lot in a day. You could spend weeks, months, years exploring everything there is to see in Philadelphia, and I highly recommend you pay this historic city a visit. You can get very reasonable airfare through Southwest. That’s all for Philly!