Greetings from Seattle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Philadelphia Update

We had a good day of touring Monday, our History Day.  I have lots of photos, but my lap top and our hotel hook up are too slow to handle them.  Here is just a tease.  The rest will have to wait until we return home.

It's raining this morning, but will be clearing soon.  We are off to breakfast and then more touring, until we come back to the hotel to rest up for tonight's Sounders soccer match.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Philadelphia, Day I

We were up this morning at 3:30 Seattle time, arrived at the airport at 4:30, found a light breakfast and were off the ground by 6:30.  It was a smooth flight, and we were in Philadelphia by 1:45 Philadelphia time.  

We had to wait for our luggage and the train to take us to the city center, where it was just a short walk to out hotel.  We got checked in and were out on the street by 3:30.

The most impressive structure in central Philly is the mammoth and very ornate city hall.  It is the focal point for the main street axis in the city.

This afternoon and evening we concentrated on the central city, Broad Street and out the Parkway, looking mostly at architecture and outdoor art.

The old Masonic Temple doorway arch.

 The Ritz Hotel is in an old bank building.
 The huge pipe organ and the eagle statue in the old Wanamakers Department store, now Macy's.

 Love Park.

 The Cathedral of Peter and Paul.

 Swann Fountain in Logan Circle

 The Clothes Pin (notice Tom's head in the lower right)
 Ben Franklin

 The Paint Torch at the Academy of Fine Art with neon on the convention center in the background.

Tomorrow we explore the history of early Philadelphia and of our nation.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

More Soccer

Friday night we attended another Sounders match at Century Link Field. There was a Mariners ballgame at the same time in the next door stadium, so we parked at the airport light rail station and went in early.

We stopped at our favorite pre-func venue on Occidental Street to people watch and have a latte.
 In Occidental Park we listened to Sound Wave until it was time for the March to the Match.
 Along the four block march route we sang and chanted our way to the stadium.  Climbing the ramp to the upper level, we looked over the north plaza below.

When we found out the game was delayed to fit the TV network schedule we milled about and watched the sun set over Elliot Bay.

 The game was against one of our biggest rivals, Real Salt Lake, and it was intense!  We finally won it with a tie breaking goal in the final minute of extra time. The 40,000 fans exploded in an up roar of celebration!
We took our time leaving the stadium and then blended into the crowds heading into the city, where we caught the light rail farther up the line. 

This morning we attended a soccer match of a different sort.  Irene had her first game of her youth soccer season.
 These are the U-10 Mud Dogs, looking good in there spiffy new blue and orange uniforms!

 They used to be itty bitty girls just running around, but now as nine-year-olds, they are looking like soccer players!

But they still think a cup cake is the perfect way to finish a game!
And they won handily, 5-0.  They're off to a good start.