Philadelphia is ground zero in our declaration of independence from king and crown, and you can hardly visit Philly without making a tour of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Christ Church cemetery where Benjamin Franklin is buried. We did that first thing, beating out the school groups by a hair.
Independence Hall looks a lot like Faneuil Hall in Boston. I was struck by how small it is, and how modest the chamber where the Declaration of Independence was signed actually is.
The Liberty Bell still has the crack in it — stabilized, but never fixed. From the beginning, our country has been fractured, it seems.
Our group of 14 is on that monster bus, which must seat 80 people. Clearly they expected a bigger group to sign up. The lady in blue is our tour guide; she’s from Alabama, but works east coast cities for the tour company. She’s good.