I really like to see new things so every once in a while I like to take a day trip to Philadelphia. This is my second time there and I really like walking around, seeing the sights, and of course eating. 😀 Both times I’ve been there I’ve taken the Greyhound bus there and gone to the Reading Terminal Market to eat. There is so much to see over there. Not only is there food, but there are also stands for soaps and other non food items. It really is a photographer’s paradise. Of course, it’s always so crowded there that it’s hard to get a good picture, at least for me. I never want to be in anyone’s way.
When I finally got to Philadelphia I was famished. The bus trip started off late to begin with, but ten minutes into the trip we had to pull over to the side. Apparently there was something wrong with the accelerator and the mechanic was trying to fix it. This was according to a man sitting near me whose girlfriend was at the front of the bus and was texting him the info. We started up again and then we were in Newark but the driver seemed to be having a tough time getting up the hill. The bus left NYC close to 11:30. At 1:00 we were back in Manhattan and being loaded on a different bus. I was not pleased at a two hour delay (that could have been avoided if the driver had just turned back around when we first started having trouble) but what can you do? When we arrived at 3:30 in Philadelphia, the only thing on my mind was food. I made a beeline for Keven Parker’s Soul Food Cafe.
I apologize for the less than stellar quality of the pictures but I got a new camera so future posts will have much better pictures. This is the tropical blend iced tea. I would recommend staying away from this. It was pure sugar. Now I love sugar, don’t get me wrong. I once caught sight of the look on my mother’s face when she saw me putting sugar in my coffee. Her face was frozen in horror. This was in a different league altogether. I tried to only take a sip when I absolutely needed to, but even that had me grimacing. I had to go to a nearby food stand and get a soda.
This was the fried chicken and crab macaroni and cheese balls. These I highly recommend. The fried chicken had tons of flavor and the skin was nice and crispy. The crab mac and cheese balls were delicious as well.
After I had eaten it was time to explore. I didn’t have much time before my bus back to NYC was scheduled to leave, but I intended to cram as much in as possible. There were scattered thunderstorms but I took shelter under scaffolding and waited out the rain. When it finally stopped, I was able to see a lot of interesting sights, all within walking distance of the Greyhound bus station.
This piece is called “Government of the People” and the artist is Jacques Lipchitz.
I had been wanting to see this exhibit for a while. I can’t explain why it appeals to me, it just does. It’s called “Your Move” and it’s located in the Municipal Services Building Plaza. The artists are Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis and Roger White.
I’ve seen this piece a lot on Instagram, with people pretending to push over the dominoes.
Clothespin by Claes Oldenburg, located across the street from Philadelphia City Hall was another exhibit that I wanted to see. I basically just started looking for info about the dominoes exhibit (which I later found out was called “Your Move”) and then just started searching for public art pieces which led me to “Clothespin”.
This piece is called “Triune” by Robert M. Engman. I’m sorry I can’t go more into depth on these things. Esther is better at that. I like looking at art, but as far as getting into the significance of the piece or the history of the artist, my mind just glazes over. When I went to Italy my main priorities were (in no particular order) food, shopping, sightseeing. Not going to museums and researching things sightseeing. Literally, just sightseeing. Enjoying things as they are instead of researching things like I’m back in school.
I leave you with this picture. After walking around the City Hall area, I came across this park. I thought the bright colors of the chairs was a nice, quirky touch. It certainly brightened up the gloomy day that we’d been having so far. I definitely intend to go back to Philadelphia soon. Maybe I’ll stay overnight so that I can see everything that I want to see without having to rush. I want to visit a few museums and I definitely want to go to Waffles & Wedges.