Sundays in My City – Art of the Brick

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With Tara working this summer and her active social life with friends, it has been difficult for us to find time for adventures. A couple weeks ago, we both had the same day off and we wanted to do something together. Two things came to mind; The Adventure Aquarium in Camden (I bought an Annual pass in June, and Tara has never been) or The Franklin Institute in Philly, specifically to see The Art of the Brick exhibit. 

We choose The Art of the Brick, the amazing Lego creations of Nathan Sawaya.
We ventured out on a beautiful, not too hot day. Arriving in Philly, my plan was immediately altered when the parking at the FI, and we had to find alternate parking. (I am one of those people who fears parallel parking, and will pay just about anything in a parking lot/garage because of that limitation!) We found parking about 4 blocks away. (I love the graphics available in Snapchat!)

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Ben was there to greet us!

Here is my Flickr album with all the photos I took., I will share just a few.

Most were shot with my Galaxy S4, it was just easier than using the DSLR, There were many children and I needed to be quick with the shutter.!

Dum Dum, I want Gum Gum (reference to Night at the Museum)
Of course there had to be a Liberty Bell in Philly!
Creepy but cool!
T-Rex
This display recreated elements from several paintings around the room.


Tara and I both really enjoyed our day. We also took in the Ghengis Khan exhibit, I will save that for another day. 
Stop by and visit Claudya and Sundays in my City.
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Project 365 – Day 20 – City Hall – William Penn

Never enough pics of Bill!

“Time is what we want most but what we use worst

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Project 365 – Day 19 – John Wanamaker

John Wanamaker; merchant, religious leader, civil and political figure. Life long Philadelphian. Wanamaker’s store in Philly is now home to Macy’s . This statue is right outside City Hall. “Keep up the old standards and day by day raise them higher”

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Project 365 – Day 17 – Easter on South Street

Only Philly has a Zombie Walk on Easter Sunday. The people in front of Tattooed Mom’s were getting zombifiied.

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Project 365 – Day 12 – Philly Newstand

Another in my Philly series from last Friday’s cruise up (and back down) Broad Street. The turquoise of this newstand caught my eye. I think I would feed my magazine addiction far too often if I walked by one of these everyday.

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Project 365 – Day 11 – Divine Lorraine

One of my favorite views of Philadelphia, headed down Broad Street with William Penn coming closer and closer into view. There was a time that he was the highest point in the city, but that is no longer the case, he still stands proud upon City Hall! 
The large building on the left, The Divine Lorraine, has intrigued me from the first time I noticed it. It once was once a beautiful building that was home to many of the cities wealthiest families. 
Built betweern 1892 and 1894. At 10 stories tall it was one of the first high rise buildings in the city. 
After it’s purchase in 1948  by Father Divine, it became the first racially integrated hotel of it’s class in the country. Anyone who was willing to follow the rules of Father Divine’s Universal Peace Mission Movement, was welcome.
Abandoned since 1999 the building has fallen into ill repair and is covered in grafitti (how do they do that at such heights and go unnoticed?) Much of the interior has been salvaged.
The building has passed through several owners. Currently plans for renovation are underway and reported to begin in May 2015. I hope that some day in the near future the building is restored to the graduer of the past.

The Divine Lorraine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance in architecture and civil rights history.

If you are interested in seeing more of the building, I found this aweseome video shot with a drone.  
Joining in on Mellow Yellow Monday… there are bits of yellow throught the shot! 
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Project 365 – Day 10 – Shine On

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon and the stars  and the sun” John Lennon

Another impressive work of the Philly Mural Arts program found at Broad and Lehigh. I need to get Rise from the other side of the building!

You can see all of my Project 365 photos on Instagram here.
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Project 365 – Day 9 – Love Park

Another photo from our drive through Philly on Friday.
I am dedicating this day to my co-worker Ashley who will be running LoveRun 1/2 marathon on Sunday. I admire those who are dedicated and fit enough to run any distance.

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Project 365 – Day 8 – Philly Streets

Tara and I went out for coffee today (Friday) and wound up on one of our quick drives down Broad St and back home. We both just love the energy of the city, I needed some new material for my Project 365 since I would be working all weekend, so we figured why not before I headed to work for the evening.

This bike and background caught my eye. It was a bright spot on a crowded city street on a pretty dreary day!

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