On day 3, our first destination was to drive to Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania for a morning city tour of the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell.
The Independence Hall is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that was completed in 1753. It was in this hall that the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. An image of the Independence Hall is printed on 1 side of the USD 100 note, while the reverse side features US statesman, inventor, and diplomat Benjamin Franklin (his sculpture is in front of the hall).
The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, housed in the Liberty Bell Center. A bell for the Pennsylvania State House was cast in London but it cracked soon after it arrived in Philadelphia. Hence a new bell was cast in 1753, using metal from the English bell. By 1846 a thin crack began to affect the sound of the bell. It was repaired and rang for George Washington’s birthday celebration, after which it cracked again and has not been rung since.
Probably due to the importance of this bell, there was tight security control at the entrance, where the security would open and search all bags of the visitors before they allow one to enter. Just for amusement, the security who checked my bag thought that Singapore belongs to China! -_-“
The tour lasted only around half an hour! I wonder if there is really nothing much to see in Philadelphia? We were directed to the nearby Bourse Food Court & Shops for an early lunch.
Again the food court in Philadelphia is not anymore interesting as those in New York City, with just a few stalls selling fast food. We settled on a Mushroom Swiss Burger Combo from Flamers Grill and a Meatball Spaghetti from Sbarro to share.
I thought the burger (combo meal USD 11.86) was a bit dry and less juicy compared to Burger King’s but my friend thought it was good. The Meatball Spaghetti (USD 9.92) was quite tasty though. Although only third day in the States, I was getting pretty sick of American fast food! More to come, so I better get used to it haha.