DH had a business trip in Philadelphia, so on our recent trip to the U.S. we spent 6 days in the city, taking the an AMTRAK train from Penn Station in New York. DH was travelling with work associates and out of the city quite a lot, so my mother flew down from Toronto to stay with us.

We discovered that Philadelphia is a great walking city! We did a home swap for our flat in Paris and the apartment we were staying in was located just off Rittenhouse Square, across the street from a great market and close to all the shops. We would often walk to the Square so that Little Miss could play with all the local children, who gather at this goat statue in the park. Unfortunately the shut-down was happening at the same time, so we didn’t get a chance to visit some of the more historical and important sights, but we did get this glimpse of the Liberty Bell.


And visited the nearby Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest residential street in the United States.





It rained a lot, which was a bit unfortunate. We had a particularly wet morning one day on our walk to the LOVE statue.



We passed this realistic dinosaur, who moved and growled, on the way to the Barnes Foundation.


No pictures were allowed, so this is my only sneaky shot, of a wall of Renoirs. The Barnes is such an amazing collection and our visit to the foundation was the highlight of our trip!

We found Philadelphia to be a really great city, nice restaurants, people were friendly, and I had a lot of time to go shopping since so many sights were closed! We look forward to coming back the next time DH has a work trip that will allow us all to go again.


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