We had planned for and made reservations & booked tickets for a trip to Washington, DC. It was supposed to be an overnighter so it took me a while to get the plans together. Trying to get the perfect balance between cost and convenience when it came to booking the hotel & choosing among the tour options (tour buses) wasn't easy.
That night, when we discovered the BIL's luggages were missing, we decided to cancel the trip. His bags weren't found until the next night and weren't sent to JFK until the 2nd day after he arrived. We started looking for another place to visit as soon as we knew that BIL's bags have been found and were scheduled to be delivered.
Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, was a no-brainer because (1) we heard that it is a beautiful city, and; (2) it was a 2 hour drive from where we were, just the right distance for a day trip. It was a fun, fun, fun day.
We drove and parked at a Patco station and got ourselves one-day convenience tickets which we didn't really need because it turns out that everything is walking distance in Philly. We had our pictures taken with the Liberty Bell, went into the US Mint & US Federal Reserve buildings, went to some museums, had our pictures taken at the Love Park and of course, we didn't forget the requesite Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches from Rick's (according to a local, Rick's was an icon in Philly) at the Reading Terminal Market.
Philly's outdoor sculptures were so aliw. I squealed - yes, squealed - in delight when I saw the huuuuge Monopoly pieces in a plaza across the street from the Love Park (please, if anybody knows what this plaza is called, do let me know). Hubby & I are huge fans of Monopoly, you know.
Sadly, we walked around the building and couldn't find the Monopoly car, dog and thimble. All we found were the cart (see picture), the hat and an iron. There were also chess and checkers pieces all over the plaza.
Now, I shall end this post with this picture of a picture (haha!) that I took at Pennsylvania's State House Bell - see? even the Dalai Lama makes the Japanese bunny ears when being photographed.
He's one cool guy.