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Old January 9th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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PHILADELPHIA | January 8, 2008

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Just got back from this interesting city and will gradually upload my pictures here. I went everywhere, started with City Hall area then went to Old City by Market street, then to Washington Square, the whole historical park area, Elfreths Alley and back to the center through streets close to Walnut (dont remember which ones), then the whole Benjamin Franklin Pkwy area and finally the downtown. It was my first time in the downtown of Philadelphia and was surprised how it feels so huge, skyline pictures don't really give an impression of how big and dense it is.

What I found to be very interesting is that the city atmosphere is completely different in all three areas. Old City feels like a village, everyone is calm and walks very slowly, while the downtown feels like Manhattan. Though I don't get it why are there so many taxis, the city (at least its center) is completely in walkable distances.

Oh and comcast rulez!

On the bus, closing in on the city.
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If you're from Philadelphia this part will seem boring, but it's not
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Glimpse of the downtown, but not going there yet
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The City Hall must be one of the most beautiful buildings in the U.S.
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This was the City Hall area, well, only the front of it for now. I came back to shoot the other side up from the Broad st when I came back from the Old City.

To be continued . . .
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Old January 9th, 2008, 06:58 PM   #2
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Nice little tour. Philly looks really nice and the city hall is amazing!
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Old January 9th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #3
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Very nice pictures. Downtown is very nice
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Old January 9th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #4
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Thanks. And so we continue. This is still pretty much around City Hall area, there's just so much to photograph.

Interesting last name, the opposite would be have been hairloss
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The masonic temple
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I call it the statue of feces
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Comcast towers over everything, from this point you'd think that downtown is just a couple of buildings.
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Nice density
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And we start our walk towards the old city
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TO BE CONTINUED . . .
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Old January 9th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #5
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The Old City is pretty big and not entirely old, between old buildings you'll find fairly new ones that are mimicking the old and other ones that aren't even doing that. This area has a very calm, relaxed, village-like atmosphere. Very suitable for walks in the parks when it's warm (and it was very warm).

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Subway entrances are weird, there's no visible pole with a letter M on it, so unless you're local, you might miss it
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Turn right from Market st and we arrive at Washington square

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The center of old town where several buildings from 1700's survive to this day
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Fat squirrels
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The order of some of these pictures is sometimes a bit random

To be continued ...
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Old January 9th, 2008, 11:15 PM   #6
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Batman is pretty poor to be driving this thing
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Second bank of the United States
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Old January 9th, 2008, 11:47 PM   #7
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We've arrived to Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continually habitable street in the United States, that dates back to 1730's. It's very small and easy to miss. Walk on the Arch st away from the downtown and turn left on the 2nd street. The alley will appear to your right.

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I don't think cars should be allowed here...
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Some British probably bought an apartment here to annoy Americans
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This is an even smaller street that is perpendicular to Elfreth's Alley, interesting place
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I thought this was pretty cool
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If you follow that tiny street you end up here, which looks like someones backyard... or was it someones backyard?
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Back to the "main" street
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That's the 2nd street at the end of the alley, usually I would say those are small buildings (probably from 1920's) but compared to these tiny ones they look quite large.
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Looking back towards downtown, I will now start moving back there through old residential districts.
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The Betsy's House where the American flag was conceived.
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Citys tallest skyscraper the comcast center (297 meters tall) pops out of nowhere
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The first stock exchange of the U.S. if I'm not mistaken
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Old January 10th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #8
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Very underrated city.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 02:41 AM   #9
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These information things are great, so convenient and they're all over the city
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That's Benjamin Franklins grave
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A lot of important people from early American history are buried here
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Benjamin himself
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I bought one of these flags
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This building would fit in much better in the downtown
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Interesting Greek Church
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Now we're walking out of the Old City through Washington square and going towards the Downtown, but this time instead of taking a commercial street (the Market st) I took what I think was Locust or Spruce street.

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It was a surprisingly nice residential street with often almost Parisian style buildings, but also Georgian and others. From time to time a tiny and very old looking street would appear at an perpendicular angle, similar to the previously mentioned and shown Elfreth's alley.

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That's a big ass vacuum cleaner
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Lonely bugger
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We're back to the City Hall area but from the north now (or at least from the area that I percept as the north, it very well could be the south)
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Interesting modern building
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Beautiful boxy building
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Old January 10th, 2008, 02:46 AM   #10
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Thanks for the pictures! Philadelphia is such a jewel, I love the culture of Philadelphia. Rocky, Philly Cheesesteaks, Pretzels, Liberty Bell, Will Smith, etc.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 02:50 AM   #11
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Thanks for that excellent tour of Philly. I always enjoy Philadelphia when I am there on business. Fun town. Love those tiny side alleys where people live.

Burislav how did you like Philly?
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Old January 10th, 2008, 02:57 AM   #12
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I enjoyed it very much, the statues, the busy downtown, the sleepy old town, architectural diversity is as good as in New York but older and at times more interesting. But above all the calm, friendly atmosphere is what I liked. The tiny alleys are at first shocking but then highly enjoyable.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #13
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Philadelphia is full of those 1700's style row houses, I love it. I was very surprised, this city is a must see.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 04:50 AM   #14
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What a beautiful set of pictures!
I want one of those cute little townhouses.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 05:25 AM   #15
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That's as far north up the Broad st as I went
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Moving down the Broad st towards City Hall, turning left, walking around it and to the "Love square"? not sure if that's what it's called. Sort of like Philadelphias Rockafeller center (NY).

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Here you really get that big city feel, a striking contrast to the area where I just came from (on the pics).
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The way Comcast is seen from almost anywhere reminds me of CN Tower in Toronto, if you're a guest to the city just use it to navigate yourself around
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New tower rises
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This chap offered to pose when he saw me carrying a camera. I thought it was rather unusual, but then several other people also did it, must be a really friendly city or perhaps I look very friendly
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And that's me
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This has to be one of my favorite buildings in Philly
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Must be bloody expensive
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I want to live here
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This is the interior of that modern building with a rounded roof
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To be honest I'm bloody tired of resizing and uploading the pics and registering new accounts to host them up and and... etc.

Anyway. Viewing downtown from the same area but without actually going into it (that'll be later).

One of my favorite sculptures/monuments (not sure what to call this object) in the city
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Some more of City Hall (it's just so awesome)
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I like how the glassy skyscraper blocks the view at the end at this angle
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City mayor and the municipal building
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Every angle/view here makes it look like a different city
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Holy crap that is the most extensively thorough photoshoot of Philadelphia in the history of mankind. That was/is awesome Burislav. Did you make it to the top of City Hall?There is a observation deck up there with great aerial views of the city.

Thanks for tour
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You missed Bella Vista, Queen Village and Rittenhouse Square, Northern Liberties, West Philly and Fairmount. Shame on you. Great pics of a very small part of a very big city. you almost got my old rowhouse that I sold back in April. It was on Juniper and Pine.
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Holy crap that is the most extensively thorough photoshoot of Philadelphia in the history of mankind. That was/is awesome Burislav. Did you make it to the top of City Hall?There is a observation deck up there with great aerial views of the city.

Thanks for tour
No, I didn't know that there was an observation deck up there By the way, at night there were like 20,000 people waiting in line around City Hall and a lot of TV crew vans. I wonder what that was about. You'll see it in later pics.
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Quote:
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You missed Bella Vista, Queen Village and Rittenhouse Square, Northern Liberties, West Philly and Fairmount. Shame on you. Great pics of a very small part of a very big city. you almost got my old rowhouse that I sold back in April. It was on Juniper and Pine.
I did get to Rittenhouse Square, it's a very nice place.
There was no way for me to get to Bella Vista and Queen Village, they're too far, I had a whole walking-trip planned out that would take a total of 7 hours of walking.

Anyway, I continue with the pics
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