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Philadelphia, Day 1 - 8/22/2019

Today Shawn and I embarked on a weekend rail trip to Philadelphia.  Our adventure began with a ride-share from his house to Union Station in Downtown Pittsburgh.  We soon boarded the Amtrak train and departed one minute ahead of schedule at 7:29am.


Amtrak

The seven hour ride took us across Pennsylvania, passing throught the world-famous Horseshoe Curve near Altoona.


Horseshoe Curve

Later crossing the Susquehanna River.


Susquehanna River

There was a brief stop in Harrisburg where we stepped off the train to stretch our legs.


Harrisburg

We arrived right on time in Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station at about 3:00pm.  This is Amtrak's third-busiest station, after Penn Station in Manhattan and Union Station in Washington, D.C.


30th Street Station

We then began our walking tour of the city.  It was a hot and beautiful day as we walked along the river on the Schuylkill River Trail.


Schuylkill River Trail

Next, we arrived at the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art where I climbed the famous Rocky Steps.


Rocky Steps

We snapped a quick photo of the nearby Rocky Statue.


Rocky Statue

As the hot sun and the weight of our luggage began to take its toll on us, we decided it was time to head to the hotel and check in.  We opted to ride the Phlash, the city’s downtown bus loop.  It's the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions.  One ride is $2 and an all day pass is just $5.  I highly recommend it.


We checked into the historic Bellevue Hotel and in our room we relaxed in the air conditioning and refreshed with a cool shower.


Bellevue Hotel

Next we strolled through the nearby neighborhood looking for a place to eat.  We discovered Ten Asian Food Hall where are had dinner.


We continued our walking tour through the nearby neighborhood where we found the impressive Philadelphia City Hall.  It was constructed from 1871 to 1901 and was designed in the Second Empire style.  It was also designed to be the world's tallest building, but was surpassed during construction by the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower.  Upon completion of its tower in 1894, it became the world's tallest habitable building.


City Hall

Across the street we stumbled upon a delightful little surprise, Board Game Art Park.  Actually titled "Your Move", the art installation was created in 1996 and dedicated in 1997.  It is a playful scattering of giant metal and fiberglass board game pieces.


Board Game Art Park

Tomorrow Shawn and I will continue our exploration of The City of Brotherly Love.


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