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Monday, September 30, 2013

Off We Go to Another State Capitol and to Philadelphia PA. . .the City of Love or Something Like That

 

Trenton has the honor of being the Capitol of New Jersey. . .

so off we went to see the State House. . .

New Jersey State House

this is by far the most difficult State House

we have EVER tried to photograph. . .

there is nowhere you can stand to get it all in. . .

 

The pediment across the front blocks the view of the dome. . .

Dome of the New Jersey State House

so we went around to the side to get a shot of it. . .

just beautiful. . .but not original to the building. . .

Original Portion of the New Jersey State House

in fact the BACK of the building. . .seen here. . .

is the original State House. . .

the Dome forward is all an addition. . .

the docent explained all this to us. . .

and said that is why the building is so close to the street in the front. . .

Rotunda - New Jersey State House

we almost didn’t get to see this beautiful rotunda area. . .

I guess because New Jersey has such a high profile governor. . .

the security is very, very tight. . .

we’ve gone through metal detectors in other State Houses. . .

but these NJ guys wanted to see ID’s and the works. . .

AND

you are not allowed to roam around and explore. . .

you MUST be with a tour guide at all times. . .

 

Since we had not arrived at a time of a scheduled tour

one of the security folks were kind enough to escort

us in to photograph the rotunda only. . .

and then escort us back out. . .

but hey. . .they gave us pencils with

Governor Christie’s name on them. . .

I was gonna show you a picture. . .

but I can’t find them. . .I’m sure they are in a very safe place. . .oops!

Philadelphia PA Skyline

Philadelphia. . .which was sort of on our way

back to the RV park in Hershey was our next destination. . .

 

We just wanted to hit the highlights,

and have a Philly Cheesesteak so that’s what

I’m gonna show you. . .just the highlights. . .

The streets in this area of Philly are claustrophobic. . .can you imagine with snow piled on both sides?

driving in the neighborhood where the cheese steak shops were

was quite the experience. . .can you imagine this

with eight feet of snow piled up. . .aii yaiii yaiii. . .

how do these folks cope? ? ?

Pat's and Geno's Philly Cheese SteaksPat's and Geno's Philly Cheese Steaks

and here they are. . .

the illustrious Geno’s and Pat’s Cheese Steak Sandwich Shops. . .

Dave went to Pat’s. . .I went to Geno’s. . .

I brought my sandwich back over. . .

and we split them so we could compare. . .

now on this particular day. . .I must say that Pat’s had the better sandwich. . .

Geno’s could have definitely used some seasoning. . .very bland. . .

 

Okay. . .that’s done. . .what’s the next tourist stop?

Penn Building

a beautiful view of the Penn Building. . .

Penn Building

and a close up

LOVE Park

LOVE Park. . .lovely!

Liberty Bell

let’s go stand in line to see the Liberty Bell. . .

it moved really quick!

Liberty Bell

and there it is. . .

Independence Hall

Independence Hall. . .definitely want to explore it further next trip. . .

United States Mint

and the United States Mint. . .no samples today. . .we always miss free sample day. . .

 

It was a whirlwind of a day. . .

we SHALL return to Philadelphia to explore further. . .

and next time. . .I believe

we may go on the weekend when all the working folk are not down there. . .

it was packed. . .parking was pricey. . .and I’m sad to say

it really was not that enjoyable of an experience. . .

 

but. . .I do want to see it all in a more leisurely fashion,

so we shall return at a later date. . .not sure when. . .but later. . .

 

‘til next time,

Janice and Dave

 

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