Venue: Philadelphia, PA
Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4
Music: Bruce Springsteen – Streets of Philadelphia ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z2DtNW79sQ)
On my way back from DC to New York I decided to stop midway and spend half a day exploring Philly. Philly is in between not only geographically, as it has a bit of the Manhattan feel together with the historical atmosphere of Washington. Philly was one of the major cities playing role in the years of American independence, which can be easily recognized in the architecture of the older neighborhoods. I found it the perfect mix between a busy big modern city with many things going on and a more peaceful place for living with many parks, museums and universities. I would highly recommend it even for a longer stay and visit.
Logan square on a Friday morning, with the dome of the St. Peter and Paul cathedral on the left, and the City Hall tower to the right.
Inside the cathedral.
The Franklin Institute science museum, on the other side of Logan square. Ben Franlin is probably the most famous Philadelphian. Apart from being a “founding father”, president of Pennsylvania, important physicist and inventor, he was also an author, newspaper editor and printer, civil activist, diplomat and pretty much anything you can imagine people did those days. Maybe he really needed a complete CV to make sure his scientific grant applications will go through!
True words (literally) on a shirt sold in the Franklin Institute shop.
The entrance of the Rodin museum.
Inside the museum, which is quite a nice and compact collection of Rodin sculptures that can seen even if you are short in time.
A side street in downtown Philly, reminding a bit of some New York neighborhoods.
You can find beautiful street art all over Philly.
Rittenhouse square, with a really nice and relaxed atmosphere with some homeless people chilling on the benches and a flea market encircling it.
The flea market tens making an interesting contrast with the old houses around the square.
Pottery shop at the flea market, with lots of other very arts tents and goods for sale.
The church of the Holy Trinity, on the side of Rittenhouse square.
The benches in the church look more comfy than those in almost all other churches I’ve seen.
View to the One and Two Liberty Place, the Chrysler-building-reminding skyscrapers that symbolize modern Philadelphia and make resemble Manhattan to some extent.
Village Whiskey, my lunch stop for a beer, burger, and duck-fat-fries, simply delicious.
It unfortunately started raining heavily during lunch and continued raining all afternoon, which suddenly decreased the quality and quantity of my photos.
The Independece Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were discussed and signed. The Liberty Bell is in the building on the side, but the rain made it impossible to make nice photos of the otherwise very picturesque place.
Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest residential street in the US that was continuously inhabited since 1702.
Christ church, another very old historical building, example of Georgian architecture. With its 60m bell tower, it used to be the tallest US building until 1810.
Back to downtown Philly and the view from the City Hall, with the pedestrians hiding from the continuing rain.
On the other side of the City Hall one can see some modern art and yet another historic landmark – the Masonic Temple.
Another rainy street view from the city centre, somewhat reminding of Manhattan.
A funny sign in the UPenn campus, full of more beautiful historic buildings and nice green alleys creating a relaxing atmosphere. But rules are rules, so please don’t bring your skateboard if you’re planning to study here!
Last view to the Philly skyline from 30th street train station.