Saturday, October 1, 2011

American Landmarks and Symbols -- The Real Thing!

Last weekend we took an extended trip to see some famous sites to go along with our studies of US symbols and landmarks.  We stayed with Grandma and Grandpa in New Jersey and used them as a base to go into Philadelphia to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and to travel up to New York to take the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  And, being so close to the ocean we had to spend time at the 'Jersey Shore' as well!  What a fabulous (extended) weekend and a lovely time with Grandma and Grandpa.  It is SO amazing to live near family!
The kids were fascinated by the old cobblestone streets.
Independence Hall beyond the green and the Liberty Bell is housed in the building to the right.
 Time at the beach with Grandpa and Grandma:

Ellis Island is where many immigrants to the USA were processed (1892-1954).  It is very close to Liberty Island.
Ellis Island
The Great Hall where immigrants were processed.
The Statue of Liberty:
Statue of Liberty as seen from Ellis Island. With the haze we wondered what it would look like up close. Then the weather cleared up and we had a fabulous day with fine, cool weather.
It is so pretty seeing it in person.  Pictures just don't do it justice!
We learned that the Statue of Liberty has seven points on her crown symbolizing the seven continents.

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