Fairmount Dam


Fairmount Dam, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

The wintery scene of the boathouse row above Fairmount Dam reminded me of the little village in the woods in Red Riding Hood.

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Knight in shining armor


Knight in shining armor, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

Tell him he is the one you have been waiting for.

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Perspective


Perspective, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

Life is a journey, go with it!

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Boathouses


Boathouses, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

Another photo of the boathouses, on the Schuylkill River, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Lighthouse


Lighthouse, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

I saw the boathouse row three months ago, when I first visited Philadelphia in the fall. As we drove by at 70 mph on the way to Baltimore, and DC, I remembered picturesque houses by the river bank. I was told they were historic. I particularly liked the one that looked like a lighthouse.

On this trip, I wanted to take photos and thought these buildings were beautiful subjects. There were roads on both sides of the river, but there was no place to park on the side I wanted to take photos from. It wasn't because the parking lot was filled. There simply was no parking.

I could have gotten dropped off, but I didn't know how long I would take so we ended up parking in the Museum of Art front parking lot and googled our directions to the boathouses.

I hope you like the photos.

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Boathouse Row


Boathouse Row, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

The Boathouse Row is just above Fairmount Dam, on the bank of the Skuyllkil River near the Museum of Art in Philadelphia. They house boats that are used by local rowing clubs, presumably on this beautiful part of the water.

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Benjamin Franklin Parkway, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

A look at City Hall, down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from the top of "Rocky Steps."

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Rocky Steps


Rocky Steps, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

After four heavily overcast days in Cleveland, I was very happy to know the sun was good and well in Philadelphia. Approaching Center City on the 76 from the north, one runs into this temple of a building on the east bank of the Schuylkill river. It looked rather official and massive, and it turned out to be the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Though it was sunny, it was very cold. Cold enough for me to use a scarf for the first time in eons. My eyes were tearing in the brisk wind and I was wishing for a pair of goggles.

Come to the Philadelphia Museum of Art any day of the week, but don't come on Monday because they are closed. It is, however, a superb museum and is well worth your time.

The steps leading up the front of the museum is called "Rocky Steps." For those of you not too young to remember, they were the steps Rocky ran up and raised his arms in the Rocky movies. His bronze statue was placed not too far away, to the right of the stairs. There was a line of visitors queueing to take photos with the figure with its arms raised.

It was Monday and to add insult to injury, I had to go. Instead of a warm cup of coffee and the pleasure of the interior of the museum, I had to hurry taking photos of the area outside of the museum in the cold and ran. I ran for the warm hand drawn noodles of Nan Zhou off Race Street and the use of their facilities.

Here is a photo of the "Rocky Steps."

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Happy 2012


Cold, originally uploaded by truublooo*.

I hope the new year will bring everyone fresh beginnings.

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