Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Birthday Trip

My parents graciously said yes when I asked them if they would watch Bee while we took our first post-baby couple's get away. It was great, although a little weird, to get to plan an adult vacation. I am so used to planning our trips around child-friendly activities. So here are some pictures of two history nerds living it up in Philadelphia, kid-free. 

We made it to Philly!

Independence Hall.

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This is where it happened, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The debates, the signing...here. Wow, just wow! 

This is my cute husband. Behind him is the actual chair that George Washington sat in, rising sun and all.

House of Representatives.


Benjamin Franklin's Grave Marker

Benjamin Franklin's grave.

Betsy Ross Home.

Reconstruction of the Benjamin Franklin properties.

The Liberty Bell.

This is the room where Thomas Jefferson lived while he was writing the  Declaration of Independence.

We had to try the Philly Cheese Steak. There were so many different options.

In addition to seeing how paper money is made, we also visited the mint and learned about how  our coins are made.

Our hotel was close to the Chinese sector.

Benjamin described this trip as his best birthday ever. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We even enjoyed watching some of the basketball games on TV. We watched an exciting game where an unknown Florida team managed to win their game against a highly seeded team. After the game we went out for ice cream (much later than we ever get to go out) and on our way out we learned that the game had been played in Philadelphia and that the Florida team was staying at the same hotel we were. That was fun. All the hotel staff was super excited.

The drive back to Maryland was long and slow. So much traffic, so much bumper-to-bumper. Ugh! We are so spoiled by the light traffic in our hometown and this driving experience reminded us to appreciate our nice little town and our peaceful traffic. Abby seemed happy to see us again, although I don't think she missed us too much. She had so much fun with Nana and she loved that Nana and Chessie slept with her. She got to play a lot and even got to go to the park. No complaints from her.


Tawnya said...

So cool! I want to go there one day with Jed, it is where he served a mission...

joyous said...

What fun! You looks so beautiful in all these pictures too Katie!