The bells ring out for Philly

Philadelphia is a cracking city… full of history and sport. And that’s what I’m qualified in!

And where better to talk about it or discover what this great city has to offer than in one of many of Philly’s great bars with its famous local craft beer and signature comfort food, a Philly cheesesteak?

Philadelphia was the nascent United States of America’s first capital and home to its earliest and still most iconic national symbols.

The Liberty Bell which was commissioned in 1752 by the Assembly in the city is cast with the lettering ‘Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof,’ in a nod to the Book of Leviticus.

Photo by O-seop Sim on

It rung to mark the reading of the United States Declaration of Independence and was also used as a symbol of abolitionism, and Freedom during the Cold War.

It’s also where Betsy Ross is said to have sewn the first American flag.

Bells played a part too in the life of one Rocky Balboa whose statue stands the 72 steps up to the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can also do a Rocky tour of sites in the movies.

Philly really is a knockout and Aer Lingus will get you there for €154 each way from Dublin with pre-clearance as part of a return trip. Visit

Because we can sometimes be lazy (all right I can be lazy) then Aer Lingus is also offering a 4* Philadelphia getaway from €632pp which includes return flights from Dublin and three nights’ accommodation at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel. So that’s €612.57pp, a total price of €1225.14. Visit

You want to know more about Philly visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and check out my review. It really is a crackin’ read… in a new tab)

Published by funtime65

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