Philadelphia, PA: Love Park…
Philadelphia, PA: I love Philadelphia! We have everything a person might be looking for… Love Park, historical buildings, Independence Hall, an Italian market, high end designer stores, funky bars, ART, and so much more!
Philadelphia is much like Chicago in that there is a lot of interesting and beautiful art around. It makes living in the city even more special, and distracts one from some of the large ugly buildings. After a morning duck tour and lunch at Reading Terminal Market, it was time for us to explore that art.
First stop: Ride the Ducks Philly duck tour
Second stop: Reading Terminal Market
Third stop: Art & Love Park
As you leave the Reading Terminal Market you pass by a beautiful building that is referenced hundreds of times a day: City Hall. Broad Street & Market Street in Center City Philadelphia meet at this point, and often when asking for directions someone will tell you it is north, south, east or west of this beautiful piece of history. You can see City Hall behind this amazing and strange sculpture.
My cousins Baz & Stephanie enjoyed this part of our walking tour so much they jumped for joy.
In the same area there are many oversize game pieces. Can you recognize the different games? In this one small square we have Sorry, chess, checkers, dominoes, and Monopoly!
As you continue walking toward the Philadelphia Art Museum you walk right into Love Park. I love the view through the sign. See that building with the columns in the distance? That is the art museum! (As usual, click to enlarge)
Here is a better look at that background:
Not only does Philadelphia have gorgeous art and historic buildings one can view for free, but we even have a free museum (contributions of $5 are suggested- but still, that is incredibly cheap)! The Rodin museum. We walked by it on our way home and had to stop in and admire his work. PB has a funny joke he loves to share about The Thinker.. too bad it is inappropriate to share here! I can’t look at this cast without thinking of it and chuckling to myself.
This is a bronze case of Rodin’s The Gates of Hell. It is breathtaking.
At this point I would tell any visitor to head to the Philadelphia Art Museum to run up the famous Rocky steps and visit the current Picasso exhibit, but we were exhausted after a morning of such fun activities. We walked back to our place and napped until the next stop on our Philly as tourists weekend…. The Ghost Tour!