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Philadelphia in July 2013

After I had finished a work visit to California (see the "California 2013" photo gallery for more on this) I had to fly to Philadelphia for another work conference. I have been to Philadelphia airport many times, but this was my first time in the actual city itself, and although I only had less than two days to do some sight-seeing, I got a lot out of it.

From my hotel near the City Hall, I visited the Eastern State Penitentiary (an abandoned prison, which is a paradise for photographers and ghost hunters) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the steps leading up to which are famous for being in the "Rocky" film. The weather was warm, sunny, and humid - except on my final evening in town, when the heavens opened (see my final photo) and I was drenched. I needed a pass to take tripod mounted photos in the Eastern State Penitentiary, and one of the conditions for receiving a pass is that the photos cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Flying over mountains on the way to Philadelphia from San Francisco
Flying over mountains on the way to Philadelphia from San Francisco
Barbers chair, in an abandoned room. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Barbers chair, in an abandoned room. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Philadelphia City Hall, from JFK and 15th Street, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia City Hall, from JFK and 15th Street, Philadelphia.
The Washington Monument, seen at an angle. Philadelphia.
The Washington Monument, seen at an angle. Philadelphia.
Looking up at Philadelphia City Hall, Pennsylvania
Looking up at Philadelphia City Hall, Pennsylvania
Sign commemorating Anna Jarvis (Mother's Day founder), Philadelphia.
Sign commemorating Anna Jarvis (Mother's Day founder), Philadelphia.
Gettysburg Statue outside Philadelphia City Hall.
Gettysburg Statue outside Philadelphia City Hall.
Architecture and contrasting tall buildings, in downtown Philadelphia.
Architecture and contrasting tall buildings, in downtown Philadelphia.
The Masonic Temple, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Masonic Temple, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin Craftsman Sculpture, in downtown Philadelphia
Benjamin Franklin Craftsman Sculpture, in downtown Philadelphia
Sign commemorating Edmund Bacon in downtown Philadelphia
Sign commemorating Edmund Bacon in downtown Philadelphia
Love Park in downtown Philadelphia
Love Park in downtown Philadelphia
Detail view of the Philadelphia Hyatt Building
Detail view of the Philadelphia Hyatt Building
Clothespin (or Clothes Peg) statue in Centre Square, Philadelphia
Clothespin (or Clothes Peg) statue in Centre Square, Philadelphia
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, downtown Philadelphia
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, downtown Philadelphia
The Swann Memorial Fountain, with Philadelphia City Hall in the background
The Swann Memorial Fountain, with Philadelphia City Hall in the background
The Rodin Museum, downtown Philadelphia
The Rodin Museum, downtown Philadelphia
The Washington Monument, Philadelphia
The Washington Monument, Philadelphia
The view down Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards Philadelphia City Hall
The view down Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards Philadelphia City Hall
The Philadelphia Museum of Art "Rocky" steps, in the late afternoon sun.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art "Rocky" steps, in the late afternoon sun.
Me standing at the top of the Museum of Art "Rocky" steps, Philadelphia.
Me standing at the top of the Museum of Art "Rocky" steps, Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art western pediment and fountain.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art western pediment and fountain.
The view down South Broad street in the evening, Philadelphia.
The view down South Broad street in the evening, Philadelphia.
People in a line to see the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia
People in a line to see the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia
Milord la Chamarre statue, by Jean Dubuffet, on Market Street, Philadelphia
Milord la Chamarre statue, by Jean Dubuffet, on Market Street, Philadelphia
Close-up of the cross on the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
Close-up of the cross on the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
A sidewalk with trees on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
A sidewalk with trees on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
The Rocky Statue, outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Rocky Statue, outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Washington Memorial and Philadelphia City Hall
The Washington Memorial and Philadelphia City Hall
The Shakespeare Memorial, downtown Philadelphia
The Shakespeare Memorial, downtown Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Inquirer Building, from Sister Cities Park, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Inquirer Building, from Sister Cities Park, Philadelphia
Freedom sculpture, by Zenos Frudakis, on 16th and Vine, Philadelphia.
Freedom sculpture, by Zenos Frudakis, on 16th and Vine, Philadelphia.
Cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Rusting bed frame in a cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Rusting bed frame in a cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Cell number 34 in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Cell number 34 in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Me with some display cases (containing mummified cats) in Eastern State Penitentiary
Me with some display cases (containing mummified cats) in Eastern State Penitentiary
Peeling paint inside the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Peeling paint inside the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
A cell block in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
A cell block in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
A ruined room in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
A ruined room in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Al Capone's Cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary. I saw his cell in Alcatraz too.
Al Capone's Cell in the Eastern State Penitentiary. I saw his cell in Alcatraz too.
An abandoned and dirty cell block in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
An abandoned and dirty cell block in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Me standing inside a cell block at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Me standing inside a cell block at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
The Eastern State Penitentiary Medical Ward, Philadelphia
The Eastern State Penitentiary Medical Ward, Philadelphia
Close-up of the red cross on the Medical Ward gate, Eastern State Penitentiary
Close-up of the red cross on the Medical Ward gate, Eastern State Penitentiary
An empty cell block in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
An empty cell block in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Looking down an empty, abandoned cell block. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Looking down an empty, abandoned cell block. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Upper floor of a cell block, in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Upper floor of a cell block, in the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Looking into a cell through a rusting door. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Looking into a cell through a rusting door. Eastern State Penitentiary.
An abandoned and dilapidated office, at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
An abandoned and dilapidated office, at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
Cell block corridor with someone looking down. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Cell block corridor with someone looking down. Eastern State Penitentiary.
An old, dusty cell with a mattress. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
An old, dusty cell with a mattress. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Recreation of a cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
Recreation of a cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
The exit of a cell block, at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
The exit of a cell block, at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
An abandoned watch tower at a corner of the Eastern State Penitentiary, Phialdelphia
An abandoned watch tower at a corner of the Eastern State Penitentiary, Phialdelphia
A communal shower, at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
A communal shower, at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
Looking through a grill into an abandoned office. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Looking through a grill into an abandoned office. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Close-up of the barbers chair, in Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
Close-up of the barbers chair, in Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
Me outside the room with the barber's chair. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Me outside the room with the barber's chair. Eastern State Penitentiary.
Another abandoned cell block corridor, at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Another abandoned cell block corridor, at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Blue, Brown, and Green. At Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
Blue, Brown, and Green. At Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia.
The Rocky steps, outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Rocky steps, outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Altarpiece with Scenes of the Passion, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Altarpiece with Scenes of the Passion, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
One of the Period Rooms in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
One of the Period Rooms in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Gamekeeper's Night Dog, by Victoria Davila. Philadelphia.
Gamekeeper's Night Dog, by Victoria Davila. Philadelphia.
Painted steps outside the Perelman Building, Philadelphia
Painted steps outside the Perelman Building, Philadelphia
The Damm Family, by Mary Ellen Marks. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Damm Family, by Mary Ellen Marks. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jeanne d'Arc sculpture, by Emmanuel Fremiet. Philadelphia.
Jeanne d'Arc sculpture, by Emmanuel Fremiet. Philadelphia.
The West Entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The West Entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Flowers behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Flowers behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Fairmount Dam, Schuylkill river, Philadelphia
The Fairmount Dam, Schuylkill river, Philadelphia
The Fairmount Water Works, Philadelphia
The Fairmount Water Works, Philadelphia
A train next to the Schuylkill Expressway, Philadelphia
A train next to the Schuylkill Expressway, Philadelphia
A bird in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
A bird in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
A box filled with cat cushions. In the Philadelphia Museum of Art store.
A box filled with cat cushions. In the Philadelphia Museum of Art store.
A European Art gallery, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
A European Art gallery, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Medieval stained glass window, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Medieval stained glass window, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
An Asian Art period room, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
An Asian Art period room, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art
A dragon on the ceiling. Asian Art period room, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A dragon on the ceiling. Asian Art period room, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Another Asian Art gallery, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Another Asian Art gallery, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Preparing for "Art After 5", with food and live Jazz. Philadelphia Museum of Art
Preparing for "Art After 5", with food and live Jazz. Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Degas. Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Degas. Philadelphia Museum of Art
A close-up of La Pluie, by Van Gogh. In Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A close-up of La Pluie, by Van Gogh. In Philadelphia Museum of Art.
"Liverpool from Wapping" by Grimshaw. A Leeds artist. Philadelphia Musem of Art
"Liverpool from Wapping" by Grimshaw. A Leeds artist. Philadelphia Musem of Art
Close-up of "Portrait of Madam Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle", Van Gogh
Close-up of "Portrait of Madam Augustine Roulin and Baby Marcelle", Van Gogh
A modern and contemporary art gallery. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A modern and contemporary art gallery. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A coin pool inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A coin pool inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A staute and paintings of flowers, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
A staute and paintings of flowers, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Live jazz music, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Live jazz music, inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The view of a rainy Philadelphia from the Museum of Art entrance.
The view of a rainy Philadelphia from the Museum of Art entrance.
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