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The two RV Gypsies in Philadelphia
July 26-27, 2014
and a few photos from 1994

USA map showing location of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania map showing location of Philadelphia

history bookPhiladelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the fifth-most-populous city in the United States, and the core of the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the country. Located in the northeastern United States, Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia are Philly and The City of Brotherly Love, the latter of which comes from the literal meaning of the city's name in Greek, Modern Greek:  "brotherly love", compounded from philos "loving", and adelphos "brother".

In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. During the 19th century, Philadelphia became a major industrial center and railroad hub that grew from an influx of European immigrants.

Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is shaped by the city's ethnic mix. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city, and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall
Independence Hall
Independence Hall
Independence Hall

running clockApril 14, 1994

carriage in 1994

running clockBelow: Inside Independence Hall on April 14, 1994
USA bunting

Inside Independence Hall on April 14, 1994
Inside Independence Hall on April 14, 1994
about activities in Independence Hall
piano Inside Independence Hall on April 14, 1994music notes and book
piano Inside Independence Hall on April 14, 1994
 

And back to 2014

Lee Duquette and Rocky inside
the Welcome Center

Karen Duquette getting ready
to go see the Liberty Bell

Lee Duquette and Rocky
Karen Duquette
National Park
national Park

Below: The Signer sculpture commemorates the courage of those who altered their lives, and ours, by affixing their names to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

The Signer
The Signer
 

The two RV Gypsies in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers - the unmarked graves of thousands of unknown soldiers of Washington's army in the Revolutionary War - located in Washington Square a few blocks behind Independence Hall.

The two RV Gypsies in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

As the two RV Gypsies entered The Big Bus to take a tour of Philadelphia, Karen paused to photograph a great piece of art with wonderful reflections.

art
art
art

The two RV Gypsies on the upper deck of The Big Bus ready for their tour.

The Big Bus
The two RV Gypsies

A great mural on the side of a building
(and an ugly traffic light that photo-bombed the shot).

 
mural
great architecture

The Betsy Ross House and a flag with 13 stars.

The Betsy Ross House
flag with 13 stars
Elvis Presley
Old City flag

The oldest street in Philadelphia

Ben Franklin's grave

The oldest street in Philadelphia
Ben Franklin's grave

Cemetery for those who signed USA's historical documents.

The National Constitution Center
- The Museum of We The People
on Arch Street near 10th Street

cemetary
The Museum of We The People
building in Philidelphia

Just before entering China Town - a mural on a building - and a statue across the street

mural
religious statue

China Town - Remember that all of these photos were taken from a moving bus.

China Town dragons
China Town dragons

Chinese Friendship Gate

Chinese Friendship Gate
Chinese Friendship Gate

Reading Terminal Market / Convention Center Mariott / Macy's at 12th Street and Filbert Street

Convention Center Marriott
Convention Center Marriott
Hard Rock Cafe guitar
a big clock

Great architecture in Philadelphia

Great architecture in Philadelphia
Great architecture in Philadelphia
Great architecture in Philadelphia
Great architecture in Philadelphia

a big sculpture

Lee liked the bus with the
chefs of Geno's Steaks.

a big sculpture
Geno's steaks bus

architecture

architecture
architecture
William Penn
Statue of John Wanamaker
architecture
architecture

history bookAt 548 feet, including the statue of city founder William Penn atop it, City Hall was the tallest habitable building in the world from 1901 to 1908. It remained the tallest in Pennsylvania until it was surpassed in 1932 by the Gulf Tower in Pittsburgh. It was the tallest in Philadelphia until the construction of One Liberty Place (1984–87) ended the informal gentlemen's agreement that limited the height of buildings in the city. Now in 2014, it is the state's 16th-tallest building.

City Hall has been the world's tallest masonry building since the 1953 collapse of the Pinnacle of the Mole Antonelliana in Turin. Its weight is borne by granite and brick walls up to 22 feet thick. The principal exterior materials are limestone, granite, and marble.

city hall & William Penn
city hall & William Penn

A big water fountain with the water dyed blue.

blue water fountain
blue water fountain
blue water fountain
Pennsylvania Railroad station
Pennsylvania Railroad station sign
airplane sculpture
airplane sculpture
posts
architecture

history bookThe Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is found at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971. The penitentiary refined the revolutionary system of separate incarceration which emphasized principles of reform rather than punishment. Notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone were held inside its innovative wagon wheel design. At its completion, the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. The prison is currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark, which is open to the public as a museum for tours seven days a week, twelve months a year 10 am to 5 p.m.

The Eastern State Penitentiary The Eastern State Penitentiary

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects that include world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings, and decorative arts.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
building
topping of building

A statue of Joan of Arc riding a horse

A statue of Joan of Arc riding a horse
A statue of Joan of Arc riding a horse

Eakins Oval is a traffic circle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that forms the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway just in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with a central array of fountains and monuments and a network of pedestrian walkways. The Washington Monument is in the center of Eakins Oval. The Rocky statue is across the street.

Washington Monument The Rocky statue

Philadelphia Museum of Art - -- and the famous staircase from the movie Rocky

Rocky staircase Rocky staircase
gold globe gold globe

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Monument; the official Bicentennial gift from the people of Poland to the people of the United States in commemoration of this country's 200th anniversary of its independence.

Kosciuszko Monument
monument
bicycle dude
Sweden flag

Centre Square and a giant clothespin - so our politicians can air out their dirty laundrylaughing clipart dude

Centre Square and a giant clothespin
Centre Square and a giant clothespin

Below: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a large performing arts venue located at 300 South Broad Street at the corner of Spruce Street, along the stretch known as the "Avenue of the Arts", in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is owned and operated by Kimmel Center, Inc., an organization which also manages the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The center is named after philanthropist Sidney Kimmel. The Center is the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, one of America's Big Five symphony orchestras and regarded as one of the best in the world. Kimmel Center is also the home venue of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadanco, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and a performance series known as Kimmel Center Presents, which hosts a variety of jazz, classical, and world pop performers.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

While riding The Big Bus, the two RV Gypsies often had to duck their heads down to avoid getting smacked by trees.

Unique motorcycle parked
on South Street.

trees
Lee Duquette by a greeen motorcycle

The two RV Gypsies got off the bus at South Street to eat lunch, enjoy the sights, and stretch their legs.

Red Bull car
Red Bull car

The South Street pedestrian bridge leading to Penns Landing.

Lee Duquette entering South Street bridge
Penns Landing sign

Mason-Dixon survey sign

A street artist painting with spray paint.

Mason-Dixon survey sign
an amazing street artist

Giant people and a view of Penns Landing from the South Street Pedestrian Bridge.

giant people
Penns Landing

Back on the bus, Karen took a photo of a big monument at Penns Landing. There were lots of people there and even hammocks for people to relax in. Too bad the two RV Gypsies didn't have time to spend there. They were running out of time to get to The Liberty Bell.

Penns Landing
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 22-24, 2014
And also a few surprise flashbacks to April 18, 1994
You may visit these six (6) sections in any order you choose.

Timberlane Campground in Clarksboro, NJ

Ben Franklin Bridge

Liberty Bell

Philadelphia bus tour

The famous Geno's & Pat's Cheesesteak wars

South Street Pizza - very large slices

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have viewed all six (6) sections above, please continue on to see the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Wildwoods Boardwalk, Jet Boat Ride and dolphins in New Jersey.