Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
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The main reason for our visit to Philly was to catch up with my brother, Mark, who is doing an MBA at Wharton. We were met by Mark and he lost no time in showing us around his new adopted city. We arrived in time for the city's "First Friday" event when privately-owned art galleries open their doors to the general public and offer drinks and nibbles. As many of them are clustered around two or three streets, there’s a great party atmosphere and it was a great introduction to this most European city we’ve so far visited in the US.
The following day Mark had organised tickets for us to visit the fabulous Barnes Collection. As many of you will already know, this is an amazing collection of art put together by a Dr Barnes
The next day we spent the morning on a bus tour of the city and ended up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We really enjoyed this museum too and were once again lucky to join a tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We met Mark at the front of the museum afterwards and had a little Rocky moment on the front steps – those of you who know the first Rocky film will know this scene!
We spent the afternoon wandering around the City with Mark as our guide and later, visited one of the City’s most famous sights: the Liberty Bell.
We really enjoyed our time in Philadelphia – it is a lovely, very liveable city which has a laid-back air to it. We particularly loved all the parks, cafes with outdoor seating and its independent arty shops. Our time there had flown by all too quickly.
Time and motion wait for no man and the leaves of New England were calling us. Reports were reaching us that the leaves were turning and we needed to head North. Time for some “leaf peeping”…
(Postscript: The Tooth has been reattached. Keep your fingers crossed for us…..)