Saturday, May 21, 2011

Insta-Independence

Zach and I just got back from a four day trip to Philadelphia. This was a belated anniversary trip/ good excuse to go see the Barnes Collection before it is unfortunately relocated in downtown Philly. Besides the traveling complications, crowds, and construction/ renovation projects everywhere we had a blast. Ha! No really, anytime spent with Zach is fabulous and we were so thrilled to see Albert Barnes' amazing collection. To find out more about it watch The Art of the Steal (documentary trailer).

As usual, I took a bunch of photos, but decided to display them Instagram style. Instagram is a photo editing iphone app that allows you to apply various filters and styles to your pictures. Zach's been using it for a long time and I just got on the bandwagon. What took me so long?! It's awesome. Here are some of my favorite shots from this week...

On the Big Bus Tour of the city
One night Zach and I ate at City Tavern, the delightful 18th century cultural and culinary American gem. This is where John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and the like hung out and discussed politics and the new world.
Today, you can experience this taste of America's past by enjoying classic menu items like Martha Washington's Turkey Pot Pie and Thomas Jefferson's favorite sweet potato biscuits. 
It is awesome. The wait staff is in full period costumes and can answer any questions you have about colonial life. I love this place and feeling like a true patriot!

At Independence Hall you will find more period costumes and lots of tourists. :)
Hall door lock
Benjamin Franklin bridge to New Jersey
City Hall
Outside the Barnes Foundation in lower Merion, PA
Barnes Arboretum is truly a beautiful, peaceful, and inspirational place. The extremely textural plant life almost mimics the artistic painting styles expressed by Modern Masters such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Cezanne.

We also visited Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residential street on the bank of the Delaware River.
I love old mail slots. I think they are so beautiful and often unnoticed.
We also enjoyed some great food including an incredible classic ice cream parlour called the Franklin Fountain.

And of course some classic sandwiches like the Philly cheesesteak!
Please check out Urban Cotton for the rest of our vacay pics from Philadelphia!
Thanks for taking me to see the Barnes Zach. I love you and treasure the memories we made here.

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