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Elaine and Rich in the city of brotherly love.

In June of 2001 we when to Pennsylvania. Our two-week visit started with our arrival in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. We stayed in a hotel within a few blocks of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other historic sites around what is known as Independence Mall - "the most historic square mile in the US". Arriving on a Sunday afternoon we checked in to our hotel and walked a short distance to the Liberty Bell. We were soon listening to the park rangers and the history of the bell. Over the next several days we saw the room in Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, the homes of Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross, Christ Church which they and many other notables attended, the Philadelphia Mint, Philadelphia Town Hall and the magnificent Masonic Temple across the street, the Ben Franklin Institute and fabulous Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the evenings we enjoyed some of the city's unique cuisine from Philly steak sandwiches to Afghanistan dinners. After some long days of walking we looked forward to the pool on the roof of our hotel. Leaving Philly, we stopped at Valley Forge for an afternoon picnic and tour of Washington's winter headquarters. From there we took several days to visit "Amish country" in Lancaster county. One of the highlights there was a buggy ride, which stopped at an Amish farmhouse and took us through some of the pretty countryside. After a day spent touring the historic sites at Gettysburg we headed for Hershey Park. We spent two days in the amusement park which gave Nick and Mark a chance to ride each of the five or six roller coasters enough times that we started wondering at what point real brain damage from all that shaking starts to occur. Our final day was spent relaxing at the pool before heading home.

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The Liberty Bell. Click on the images for full size photos. Nick in front of Independence Hall Ben Franklin at the Ben Franklin Institue Christ Church in Philadephia
Buggy Buddies. A ride in an Amish buggy. The Amish farm we visited. Nick and Mark at Gettysburg Elaine at Pennsylannia monument at Gettysburg
Mark loses his head at the Franklin Insititue Nick loses his head at the Franklin Insititue Mark in cemetery at Gettysburg Battle reenactment at Gettysburg
Mark at the pool. Mark at the Franklin Institute looking at the sun through a telescope. Mark about to lose his head at Gettysburg. Nick and Mark at Independence Hall.
Nick at Gettysburg. Nick and Mark at train museum. Nick and Mark bring the liberty bell home as a souvenir. Nick and Mark on observation tower at Gettysburg.
Gettysburg battle reenactment. Nick - so happy to be on vacation.    

Rich and Elaine at the Liberty Bell.

Nick and Mark at the train museum.

Elaine, Nick and Mark at Valley Forge.

Nick in Philadephia.

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