A Tiny Glimpse of Philly

The Franklin Institute at 20th and the Ben Frankly Parkway, the museum the kids and I went to see the Pirates exhibit at.

The front steps to the Franklin Institute. I could hardly believe the audacity of those people walking up the really cool treasure map or standing there with their stroller while I was trying to take a picture. Rude.


The Aero Memorial across the street from the Franklin Institute. It’s a part of the immense Philadelphia Arts program and honors World War I Aviators.

Also across the street from the Institute in Logan Square is this bench. Does it look familiar? Did you see the movie National Treasure? (If you haven’t you really should!) This is the bench Riley sat on while the little boy copied down certain characters from the Silence Dogood letters on display within the museum. Yeah! That very bench!

The Franklin Institute Foucault Pendulum as seen from the top floor. The wire is 85 feet long and you can’t see them, but the bob swings back and forth, knocking down pins with each pass.

The Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, built in 1846.

Check out the hitching posts all along of each side of this narrow street.

As the title says, this is just a tiny glimpse of a great city. One city block’s worth. And looking at the pictures just makes me want to go back for more.


  1. Lori on October 16, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I positively adore Philly. And you captured one of the things I love, which you can see in Boston also. Buildings built in the 1700s alongside modern buildings. So interesting. We just don’t get thtat out here on the west coast.

  2. Sing4joy on October 16, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Man! That looks just amazing! I want to go! Chicas could have done some super cool posing on that map yo.

  3. Jenster on October 17, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Lori – I know!! I’m going to spend the entire day in the city taking pictures of the incredible buildings. And that basilica is actually one of the “newer” old buildings. lolS4J – Come on!! I know where you can stay! :o)

  4. Gretchen on October 17, 2008 at 9:08 am

    We so lurrve the National Treasure films. Great pics. Waiting for your coffee table book to come out.

  5. Lynilu on October 17, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Since I’m a history buff, I want SO much to visit Philadelphia! Of course, I didn’t know about the Pirate Museum, and that’s a deal clincher!One day, one day.

  6. His Girl on October 17, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Now I totally want to hop back on a plane and come visit Philly. I totally geeked out when we were at the Ben Franklin post office. I can’t imagine if we would have had more time. sooooo fun!

  7. Cheryl Wray on October 17, 2008 at 11:53 am

    These are SO great!!!! and I want to go to Philadelphia SO bad I can just about taste it!

  8. Monnik on October 17, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but really, really want to go someday. I love that they still have hitching posts along the streets. How cool is that?!!

  9. Jenster on October 17, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Gretchen – Funny you should mentiont that… I would love to do a coffee book table of the beautiful old churches around here.Lynilu – It’s actually a traveling exhibit so maybe it will come to your area.His Girl – Come on!Cheryl – It’s an awesome place.Monnik – See my comment to Cheryl.To all of you – I know a really cheap tour guide!!

  10. The Daily Bee on October 20, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I love American History and I do remember that bench in NT – Riley’s a cutie! Thanks for sharing.

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