We’re a group of fourteen, mostly women — which I think is somewhat normal in our 70’s. Women do seem to outlive men. All of the people on the tour are passionate supporters of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and this trip is a combination of music and other cultural events.
Our Tuesday morning agenda is focused on historic Philadelphia: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell. We then go to the Avenue of the Arts, and the Italian market. Our evening is at leisure.
I think we may have come here as a family when I was a kid, or I came with a school group — I remember seeing the Liberty Bell. I was last here in 1967, when 100 of us destined for training in Puerto Rico for Peace Corps Panama gathered at some fleabag hotel. I remember thinking it was the worst place I’d ever stayed, and of course things went nothing but downhill from there. The Hotel Central where we spent our first night in Panama City was a horror: filled with cockroaches and bats flying in and out of the open windows.
The hotel where we’re staying here in Philly is quite nice. Big difference from what I remember.
Check back later for pics of our first day touring the city. 🙂