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Jun 24, 2019 - City of brotherly love

My last day in Philadelphia was a hot, humid one so I took the easy option and spent the day on the hop-on hop-off bus. Mind you, I still had to walk quite a distance to get to and from it but I got the opportunity to cover the whole city without getting too hot and bothered. To start off, I caught the first bus of the day at 9.30 and did just a complete 90 minute loop - passing lots of sites I’d already visited but some new ones as well. Sitting up on top, it was nice while the bus was driving but oh, so hot when it wasn’t! I am amazed by...

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Jun 23, 2019 - All historied out for today

The hot, dry weather continued today as I explored Old Town Philadelphia- the one square mile that was the first area settled. As Philadelphia was the country’s capital city from 1791-1800, there are many historic and important buildings in the area. I took part in a two hour ‘Founding Fathers’ guided walk that took in most of these. Prior to this, I lined up to view the famous Liberty Bell - it has become the symbol of freedom, liberty and equality in America. By about 2pm, my head was swimming with names and dates and I was hot and...

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Jun 22, 2019 - Penn’s city

The day dawned bright, blue and very warm. Thankfully it wasn’t too humid and there was a little bit of a breeze blowing. After a leisurely breakfast, I headed out the door to explore the main city area. Being a Saturday, there were a lot of people doing the same thing but it was early and not too busy. I wandered here and there with my trusty map in hand. Occasionally I found a shady spot to sit and just ‘people watch’. Around 1.30 I was feeling hot and a bit tired so walked back to the air conditioned comfort of my hotel room and had a...

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Jun 21, 2019 - The millionaire, the Lutheran pastor, the archivist and the Australian tourist

Have you heard the story of the millionaire, his Lutheran pastor wife, the archivist and the Australian on the trail of her Pennsylvanian ancestors? No? Well, sit back and let me tell you the story... right from the start.... As I mentioned previously, yesterday was the last day Cheryl and I were together. We had a nice dinner at a Mexican restaurant right near the hotel and then organised ourselves for today - Cheryl to fly home and me to travel to Philadelphia. Fast forward to today: (A bit of a harrowing start to the day but it improved...

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Apr 2, 2019 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Part 1: We thought we would leave home on our target date of April 1. On Sunday, I load the refrigerator. It’s not working. We bought it in 2007 before going to Alaska. I guess we got our money’s worth. Unfortunately, this is not an item that stores keep in stock. Fortunately, we find one an hour north of us. We get a discount because the plastic strip at the bottom of the door came off. The plastic strip on the bottom of our current refrigerator came off and I fixed it with Gorilla Tape. We are happy! On Monday, the refrigerator gets...

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Oct 3, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Last night we had sushi, shrimp cocktail and a wine (didn’t record) for dinner. Really rained like crazy during the night but this morning it is glorious. Not hot or nearly as humid as yesterday. Took “the 48” into 5th and Market to meet for our free historical city tour. We had about 12 folks (most not Americans but German, Irish, Dutch, Australian and Canadian). Again the guide, Marilyn a thirty something, was very good and talked for 2 ½ hours. We learned so much! The written history of Philadelphia began in 1682 when the city was...

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Oct 2, 2018 - Manhattan to Philadelphia, PA

Sunny and much warmer. Took a taxi to pick up the rig in Greenwich Village. We didn’t feel like schlepping bags on the subway so took a taxi. Traffic was nasty and took us almost 30 minutes. We thought we might even go into an extra day’s parking which would not have been nice! Managed to weave our way out of town and onto the Holland Tunnel and NJ Pike. Is only about 2 hours to Philly. We found our parking lot and VRBO in the Museum district without too much trouble. Met our landlord, Tommy, who said the best way into the city was to take...

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Sep 18, 2018 - Last day in Philadelphia

Cindy was still unwell from the family cold but Jack kindly came down in the rain, with a free pass for the fairly new American Revolution museum. Before going in we had a good coffee at a small cafe nearby. To begin seeing the exhibits, there is a short film giving key points to the Revolution which continued for many years after George III had conceded American Independence. One video ended with the projection being lifted to show General Washington's erected tent in a climatically controlled glass room. There was a lot of detail around...

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Sep 17, 2018 - Barnes Foundation museum and old city

Cindy and Jack picked me up around 10 and we set off for the Barnes Foundation, a purpose built museum to hold the Barnes collection of paintings and other artefacts. He had made his money in the pharmaceutical industry and built up a collection of art, mainly Impressionists, but there were also other painters scattered about like a Tintoretto and several American artists. The paintings have been hung in the same symmetrical layout preferred by him so a wall may show a similar theme by different artists with portraits grouped around them...

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Sep 16, 2018 - Mainly spent in the art gallery

Colds and bugs caught up with both heads of the Harrity family today and even though we had planned to go to the art gallery together it was better for them to try and recover. It's only 10 minutes away from my apartment so I took myself off careful to avoid the crowds of marathon runners and spectators, the race starting and ending in front of the gallery. I started off in the American art section with some work I know, some new names and an interesting section from black artists, some illustrating how black soldiers fought in the last war...

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Sep 15, 2018 - Arrival in Philadelphia

Enjoyed my first day here. Heat at last even if a bit humid. Jack picked me up promptly and we got to my apartment, well-located for the museum area, at lunchtime. Cindy had sent him with a survival pack consisting of wine, croissants, fresh fruit salad (delicious) and water, plus guide books. We made an appointment for the evening as I had an appointment with the washing machine. This turned into an event since, when it started spinning the whole machine, with the dryer balanced precariously on top, made a horrendous noise and tried to...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA.

We drove to Philadelphia with no problems, except a little rush hour traffic on the Toll bridge. Just wish PA. would put there directional signs before the exit, instead of just past them. Got Ava on her plane with another girl her age going home to Phoenix. It is very lonely without her here. I can't begin to tell you how much fun she is. She's growing up fast. In a couple years she will be too busy for Grandma and Grandpa. Even Marley is acting mopey with out his buddy.

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