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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Philadelphia - A Personal Photo Essay

Friday, April 25 was our day to revisit Center City Philadelphia.  Kathy scheduled lunch with friends from work, and we invited our niece and her fiance, Jen and Drew, to dinner at the Belgian Cafe.

We rode the train in from the Thorndale Station - an hour's ride but very convenient - and had time to walk around before lunch.

The photos are samples of some of the beautiful things available in downtown Philadelphia.  This is a photo essay, so there will only be sparse commentary.  Enjoy!

Rittenhouse Square in bloom:

Following the theme of our old haunts with Matt and Weina, here are views of the Metropole Bakery and their front door:

Ah, Spring:

A major construction project to extend the Schuylkill River Trail down past Center City by building a walking pier in the riverbed:

Kathy picked up cupcakes for lunch:

While Kathy lunched and chatted, David visited the Philadelphia Art Museum:

Winslow Homer dominated this room:

One of our favorite views of the Grand Canyon, "Grand Canyon of the Colorado" (1892), by Thomas Moran:

David had to photograph this painting, "The Halfway House" (1861), by George Henry Durrie, because David's father painted a copy of it:

This is a very unique piece of America folk art:

A view of the main foyer of the museum:

"Liverpool from Wapping" (1885), by john Atkinson Grimshaw:

A statue of Jeanne D'Arc (1890), by Emmanuel Fremiet, dominates a square outside the art museum.  It was commissioned in 1889 by members of the French community of Philadelphia, with assistance from the Fairmount Park Art Commission:


Two view of the new Barnes Foundation building on the Parkway:

... and, finally, an evening scene of Philadelphia from the Swann Memorial Fountain, by Alexander Stirling Calder, on Eakins Oval:

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