Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The one where I have to admit...

that I am actually having a good time, don't rub it in. We did this tour of the city on a bus yesterday and I was going to write about it last night but it was so late! We went to the Love (which by the way-the o is slanted because the sculptor said "love is never perfect") then took pictures with the "it's your move" sculpture Will had fun "knocking down" this domino. While we were on the tour we saw city hall and the guy who did all the sculptures-yeah it def took him 20 years, and the building took 30 years to construct. They wanted to have it completed for their centennial but it didn't happen. It is also the largest free masonry building in the world. (which for all you lame brains that means that there is no steel structure-it's stone upon stone) these were just some of the cool places in the city. The bridge takes people from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, free there-3 bucks back. Then a view of the skyline. The free library, again. Another view of the skyline, the museum and yet another view. The way cool building is some church in philly's version of a theater district. The playground right there is where they filmed the opening part of fresh prince of bel-air. The gold statue is of joan of arc, thought that was pretty cool. Philly has TONS of murals, something about if someone was caught doing graffiti then the would have to do a mural with a real artist. They're all really cool, hopefully I can get some more when I go out again on the bus. The awesome gates are for the federal reserve, cool right? When you go in the federal reserve for the cool exhibit and finish you get a hundred dollars! I was so excited, did I mention it was shredded? The four hands thing was given to people who contributed to the fire department and if you didn't have one and your house caught on fire the city would not put out your fire. The mint was a cool place to drive by, you can't take a camera in, not even if it's on your phone, and they have no where to put so we didn't get to go in-plus they don't give samples , :(. The statue thing before william penn is monument to christopher columbus. The statue on the building is william penn, founder of pennsylvania, which means penn's wood. Below it is the actual graveyard that nicolas cage ran through in national treasure. The thing that looks like a clothespin actually isn't one, it's a sculpture call 'the embrace,' the metal is an arm and it is supposed to be two people embracing, believe it or not. This friendship gate was way close to our hotel, a block a way. It was given to philly from their sister city somewhere in china I think. The guitar is for the philly hard rock cafe. The fountain sculptures were made by the guy who did the city building sculptures son. It was commissioned by someone's wife to celebrate him. The ship is some naval ship that is docked at penn's landing right now-don't ask me anything else about cause I have no idea. The bell is obviosuly the liberty bell. The gate thing with the statue is the rodin museum. These are just some houses around philly that I liked and the buildings at the bottom was actually in trading places, the movie. laters!

4 comments:

Shelice said...

This is amazing Dolly. Thanks for being such a great big sister and daughter.

JoCo said...

OF COURSE I REMEMBER YOU!!!! how are you? why do you go by ellie on here? are you still in ga? give me the scoop girly. much love.

swainsRus said...

What a *BLAST*!! I love the LOVE sign, and how true~ love is NEVER perfect! But what fun it is! I love your fam. We enjoyed picking blueberries before we left~ THANK YOU! We will be bringing ya'll some special treats as a thank you! We hope to see you soon, Sun the 20th is our last Flat Rock Sunday! Is it really almost over?! We will miss your fam!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great vacation! Glad you had fun.

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