We met the group we would be travelling with last night. There are 14 plus the driver/tour manager. It is a globally representative group with travellers from France, Germany, Switzerland, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The only American with us was the driver /manager. Today we had a long drive to Washington DC (385kms). The minibus was OK unless you had to sit on the back seat for any great length of time. Fortunately I didn't today.
After a couple of hours driving we stopped in Philadelphia to visit the Independence National Historic Park and the Liberty Bell. The State house bell now known as the Liberty Bell rang in the tower of Pennsylvania State House. Today the building is called Independence Hall. The bell would ring to call lawmakers to their meetings.
It was in here that the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were both signed.
I was told, by the guide, that this is a well known baseball team however it turns out this is an American Football team. So thank you James
for putting me right
Another 3 hours and we were in Washington DC. We were staying in a lovely hotel with a decent sized swimming pool but not close to the city centre at all, so not much to do. My room mate and I went for a walk and discovered a park that was originally a battle ground during the civil war. When we returned to the hotel we went for a swim. Hadn't checked the facilities and didn't realise there were no changing rooms or showers in the pool area. Apparently this is common in the States. It did mean going back to our room in our swimming gear!