Tuesday, 31 July 2007
I am staying at a hotel on the edge of the Museum district. It is about a 20 minute walk from the downtown area along the Ben Franklin Expressway, a road based on the Camps-Elysees that cuts across the grid system and provides a lovely view of the neo- Classical view (pillars and stuff) of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from about half a mile away. The City Hall is a lovely building but difficult to photograph as there are all kinds of lampposts and signs in the way. There is also a huge statue blocking the view of the decorative arch surrounding the doorway of the Masonic Temple and if you stand to close then you can't get all of the non symmetrical towers in the picture. This seems like a small thing but Philadelphia is pushing itself as the next big thing in tourism on the East coast and this is a detail they are yet to consider. More from me after a bit more exploring.