Philadelphia, Washington Square Park (PA)

Historic Philadelphia – Washington Square Park [Set 1]

I enjoyed my walk through Washington Square Park.  Although it was raining on and off that day, I was able to find benches to keep from getting wet.  Plus, I had my umbrella up to help shield me from the water that was dripping from the trees.

I witnessed a wedding photo shoot taking place right in the middle of the park.  It was lovely to watch.  I actually had the chance to compliment the bride after I noticed a slew of colorful tattoos on one of her arms.  She smiled a big smile at me as I walked on to capture some of the photos below.  Along my walk, I had the pleasure of speaking with an older man, probably a grandfather, who was busy feeding a group of birds that kept flying around him.  He initiated the conversation after he saw me taking photos of the flags.  It was like an impromptu history lesson.  He knew quite a bit of information about Pennsylvania as well as Delaware.

Sitting across from him was an older lady who spoke with me about the tomb after I asked if it was the tomb of the unknown soldier.  She confirmed that it was and began to give me her opinion on the bravery of the soldier and of other soldiers who fought in past wars.  I snapped a few more photos in that area before walking back to one of the benches to rest my feet.















Beneath this stone rests a soldier of Washington’s Army who died to give you liberty. (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier)

Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia – Liberty Bell Center [Set 1]

When I decided to visit the Liberty Bell, I had no idea I would be surrounded by camps, tour groups, and visiting families in the middle of May.  It rained sporadically throughout the middle of my time in Historic Downtown.  I checked the weather before I left that morning so I made sure to pack my umbrella.  It came in handy since it did rain while I was waiting in the long line at the Liberty Bell Center.  I did not feel out of place since I traveled there by myself.  It might seem odd for someone my age to even want to see the Liberty Bell and the other historical attractions, but it kept me busy and I actually enjoyed being immersed in the groups of people that were also there.  I made sure to cross at the large intersections when larger groups were also crossing to lessen the chance of me getting stuck in the middle and not having motorists wait for me to finish crossing since the cars seemed to be in a rush.  I also felt safer crossing the intersections that way, it made me feel a part of the groups even though I was just a lone stranger.

When I finally made it inside the center, I had my bag checked and was directed to the small stations that were set up along the path to the actual Liberty Bell.  I felt like I was taking an unplanned, solitary field trip.  I did not mind it and it seemed like others did not mind either.  I was able to take photos without feeling like I was abandoning anybody or wasting other people’s time.  I could freely roam each station and read as much information as I wanted without someone nagging me to hurry up.  When I finished looking at the last station, I walked towards the large group of people that were standing in front of the bell.  I had to wait awhile because everybody kept rushing up to have their picture taken in front of it.  I am very happy with the shot I was able to get of the bell.  I told myself that I would have to take this trip again.  Hopefully next time I’ll get a stranger to take my photo in front of it.  That would be nice.

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell