Back In Philadelphia For A Short Visit. A Couple Of Walks Through It’s Many Neighborhoods.
I chose this hotel since it is near Rittenhouse Square one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. I walked through the busy streets of the evening rush hour. My hotel was about one block from the square.
I walked east toward the Schuylkill River on Locust Street. I had never visited this area off the city before. I blended in with the steady stream of commuters returning from work to the large condominiums near the square or the quaint old brownstone homes further away on Locust Street.
Once again I encountered the horrible smell of the fallen fruit of the female ginkgo trees planted along the street. I love these ancient trees, and have one in my front yard, fortunately it is a male tree.
Locust Street ended in a nice little park along the Schuylkill River appropriately named Schuylkill Park. We are only three weeks from the winter solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere and so the sun was setting around 5 p.m. in Philadelphia.
I walked along the river, reflecting on the many changes that took place along its banks since the city was founded over three hundred years ago. I am sure these brightly illuminated building would have surprised William Penn and the other founders of the City of Brotherly Love.
I walked through the Square and back to Walnut Street were I found man playing on of my favorite songs, Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkins. He was happy to play it again, after, of course, I provided him with a little monetary incentive.
I returned to my hotel after my walk, showered, and returned to one of the little Italian restaurants I passed on my walk, Porcini. I enjoyed a nice meal of pasta and calamari and returned early evening to my hotel. Here is a link to some more photographs from my evening hike. Locust Street hike November 28 2018.“
I was up early the next morning since I wanted to take another quick walk through the city before my return home. It was clear and a seasonably cold 35 degrees when I set out west on Walnut Street in the morning twilight.
I arrived at my hotel near 8 a.m. and soon checked out. Unfortunately I found myself in the rush hour traffic on my drive home, but the delay was a small price to pay for another visit to this wonderful city. Here is a link to some more photographs from my morning walk. Walnut Street morning walk November 29 2018.
“Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.”