Travel: Walking Philadelphia

September 13, 2016  •  1 Comment

Three plus days mainly on my own with almost no responsibility?! This is unfamiliar territory to me, well at least it has been awhile as a I have been scheduling my work around taking care of my daughter for the last five years and when I've traveled she usually comes along. This fall she started full-day kindergarten though and was ready for an extended stay with my parents and with my wife heading to Philadelphia for a four nights, five days work conference I tagged along to go where the wind took me. My only previous trip to Philadelphia was accompanied by a slushy snowstorm which curtailed much exploration so I had a lot of ground to cover. Street Photography is my favorite thing to do in a city, but my finding was that while Philadelphia is a pretty big city (1.5 million, 6 million metro) it just doesn't have the hustle and bustle that makes cities like New York and London great for street photography so while I did get a few street shots in it was more what I would categorize as travel photography. I walked until my feet hurt from blisters and then walked some more - over 36 miles, none to speak of on the last day in which we flew home. I took about 12 pictures per mile so my volume was pretty low. In addition to just walking the streets I made it by foot from the Society Hill neighborhood where the hotel was to the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art (think Rocky steps), the Eastern State Penitentiary, the University of Pennsylvania campus, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, plenty of coffee shops, and even across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to Camden, New Jersey (and right back). I did walk by Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, but I skipped those as I'd seen them previously. Did I mention it was about 94 degrees and humid each day?! Some mid-day naps, a dip in the pool, and an evening out to see a movie (Hell or High Water) saved me from completely melting. It was a fun trip, but nice to get back to Vermont where the temperatures and humidity where much more pleasant and of course to see my little girl. Here are a few pictures from the trip.


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MARIANNE FERNANDEZ(non-registered)
Thank you for this article!
I have been in Philadelphia when I was in holidays and it was an amazing experience! I visited a lot of places and did a website about it with some articles :)
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