If you don’t know the answer to any questions about Philadelphia just say Benjamin Franklin and 10/1 you’d be right!

In his own words he said:

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing”

As one of USA’s Founding Fathers – he did both.

The City Philadelphia was his home, and monuments to him like The Franklin Institute Science Museum, Benjamin Franklin’s National Memorial, his gravesite and Franklin Square are all major sights for any tourist visiting Philadelphia.

William Penn named the City Philadelphia – a Greek translation for ‘brotherly love’. He was a Quaker who survived the Great Fire of London – and he went to America to start a colony of religious tolerance and freedom.

The Liberty Bell is a symbol of freedom of justice, and although now cracked and silent – it stands opposite Independence Hall, and is visited by thousands of tourists to stand, read its inscription and reflect: It’s the Bell of Freedom for Afro American Slaves, the Bell of Democracy; the Bell of Women’s Liberation – Liberty for the World over.

John Wanamaker opened the first department store in Philadelphia, in fact in the United States! They still call his store Wanamakers here, but you might have heard of it elsewhere, its known as Macey’s!

History, shopping, museums, opera and theatre, an amazing zoo and a fabulous Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul a visit to Philadelphia is fun and informative.

I was short of time (as always) but my hop on, hop off, trolley bus tour took me the length and breath of the City – 21 stops in all. That’s Philadelphia in a nutshell!
If you’d like to know more email me: charmaine@hallmarktravel.com 

Meet me in the gallery!