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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.


  1. Oh wow! This is so terrific, Linda. Thank you for taking us with you. You are really amazing to share while you're traveling. I no longer have the energy.

    I just loved seeing all your magnificent photos! There's so much of that that I haven't seen.

  2. Fun seeing this familiar city through your eyes.

  3. That first picture of Swann Fountain with the fantastic sky behind is my favorite, but I also like the way I saw the day progress, into the night. Are you using your new Canon? The pictures are wonderful! :-)

  4. I had no idea this is how Philadelphia looks! Those are the most beautiful buildings I've ever seen. Have a great time!

  5. Oh, wow! Now I know you have the ability to make anyplace look beautiful in your camera. The Streets of Philadelphia will be playing in my head all day.

  6. Great tour of Phillie. I say over and over again that keeping the old buildings is key to a great city.

  7. Some great pictures of the special sites in Phillie. Loved that big eagle! The fountains all look so relaxing and enjoyable.

  8. I enjoyed seeing this great city through your camera lens! I especially love the fountains.

  9. Looks like a beautiful city! Have fun! :)

  10. Looks like you're having fun! When my son was in college there, we used to stay at one of the Marriotts right there in the center near city hall. Have you taken an elevator up to the bottom of William Penn's feet? You get a good view up there. South Street is a long walk, but there are lots of funky shops there that I used to like to frequent. And I bet you're also close to the Reading Terminal Market, if you're looking for some interesting food.

  11. Love the shots of William Penn at the top of City Hall.

    Many of these places are my old 'stomping grounds'. I worked at 8th and Market and at 4th and Walnut. My dad's office was at 17th and JFK.

    We used to shop at Wanamakers a lot and at Christmas time meet under the eagle to listen to that gorgeous pipe organ. It was really beautiful.

    Get a soft pretzel for me. And enjoy yourselves!

  12. The old parts of Philly make one think of a European city till you see the tall glass modern ones right next to it. Shame they couldn't regulate it that all new buildings have the "old" look.

  13. Great pictures. I'm envious. Hope you have a great trip. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I didn't know that this city could look so pretty.

  15. Those older buildings are beautiful.
    Much older than we have out here. All the statuary is neat too. MB

  16. Love the ornate buildings and have heard recordings of that organ! Thank you for taking us with you on your adventure! (Wouldn't it be fun if it were the cathedral of Peter, Paul, and Mary?)

  17. Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous city and your pictures are so beautiful. I would love to go there.

    Kathy M.


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