This is the third day's post about my Road Scholar Signature City Philadelphia adventure. It featured a walk up South Broad Street - Avenue of the Arts - toward Philadelphia's gigantic City Hall, the Masonic Temple and Reading Terminal Market for lunch. Later we had a bus tour of Philly.
I awoke Monday eager and ready for the first full Philadelphia tour day. Excited to see another of the oldest cities in America. But first here’s a few facts for you about early Philly‘s importance. It was centrally located within the original 13 colonies. An ideal location for the American leaders meeting to discuss the colonies’ future. Those talks eventually led to the revolt against England and USA’s founding. But the city’s history goes back even further. Charles II of England in 1681 granted William Penn a charter for what would become the Pennsylvania colony. Penn’s plan created a port city on the Delaware River and a place for religious tolerance. He named the city Philadelphia, Greek for “brotherly love” and as tour leader Tish always added “sisterly affection.” Philadelphia was the location for the First Continental Congress held before the Revolutionary War. The Second Continental Congress during that war. And the Constitutional Convention held after it. The tour this day would include those historic sites. I admit due to my recent health issue I was concerned about the walking requirement. According to Road Scholar this was a “keep the pace” tour. That meant walking two miles, standing on field trips and getting on and off buses. Exactly what our day’s adventure described. My roommate and new friend Virginia ate an overfull American breakfast in the hotel’s Balcony Cafe buffet. Then we boarded a Global bus to the Colonial City area, […]
I enjoyed my February Road Scholar trip so much I took another to historic, beautiful Philadelphia. This is the first of several photo heavy posts about my tour.
I thought you’d like to have all my St. Augustine tales in one place and wrap this up. Day 1. Road Scholar Trip to St. Augustine – Photos Day 2. Road Scholar Trip to St. Augustine Continued Day 3. Road Scholar Trip Part 3 Day 4. Road Scholar Trip – Flagler Day After breakfast the last morning Eddie-Joyce Geyer – […]
Day 4, January 17th, 2019 After breakfast and Ruth’s usual announcements the morning speaker was Mary Harkness Flagler – known today as Margaret Kaler. Margret is a “Tale Teller of St. Augustine” and as the first Mary Flagler, she told us colorful stories about the life and times of her dear departed husband Henry Flagler. I know this era is way past the […]
Day 3: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 After breakfast, this day began with Dr. Ann Masters interpreting the voices and people of old St. Augustine by her poetry and her talk “Floridanos, Minorcans and Cattle Whip Crackers”. She described each group and how they lived lives in such close proximity that they knew each other and their ways. She revealed and then dispelled their cultural myths […]
Day 2: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 After breakfast at our hotel the guest speaker, Ken Barrett, helped us learn about fort Castillo de San Marcos and the eras it served. After boarding a tour bus he then led the group around the fort’s outside. I opted out because we couldn’t go inside the fort due to the government’s continued shut-down. Instead, three of […]
I had to do it. I had to get out of Omaha’s dreary, bitterly cold winter weather. So I took a tour. It was the best thing I could have done. It banished my blues and I had fun. It was my first Road Scholar trip. My first time to St. Augustine, Florida. I picked this St. Augustine tour because this […]