Bags packed and in the locker room in hotel as my flight isn't until 10.15pm. Was up early to check in and seats changed. Breakfast eaten and out on the streets. Lot to fit in today. Decided to go to the Ben Franklin Institute, science Museum as they have a brain and heart that you can walk through!
It was only a ten minute walk from the hotel and I was there before they opened. It's a huge building,
This is just the entrance hall. It has a video showing on the side walls.
wanted to walk through the heart but was disappointed to find out that it was out of action and was having a new valve fitted!So off to the brain. This was a truly amazing exhibition, covered all aspects as to how the brain works with a lot of interactive things to play with.
Couldn't imagine how they would build a brain to be climbed inside. This is it.
When they climbed on certain discs the colours changed. The children thought it was wonderful. Not sure they understood how it worked though. Bit of a tight fit for adults.
Did quite well on this reaction test.
This was a room of tests, using all parts of the brain. These were excellent for children and adults alike.
This was a fun shopping centre full of tests. A young boy, no idea who he belonged to, asked me if I wanted to go in a strange house with him. It was one of those that you sit in. Strapped in, lights off and door closed. You sit still. The room rocks and you are most quite sure which part is moving Can make you feel a bit sick but you only have to close your eyes. I have been in one before, the boy thought it was wonderful!
Came out of there and looked up and saw this young girl cycling way up across the room,
Was all to do with gravity.
Kids loved his.
There was a room all about trains..
Didn't know this went to Philadelphia. Also had a huge assembly shop...
Loved the space exhibition and played at getting these on the ceiling.
Just managed to get in the planetarium for the sky tonight showing. Was marvellous with a very funny commentator.
Fired up by that I decided I would go up to the top floor to the observatory.
They were so thrilled to see me. It was 1 pm and I was the first person to go up there. Wasn't sure what I would see in the daylight but I actually saw three sun spots.
Seriously thinking this might be a new hobby, but found it very difficult to recognise the formation of stars but I suppose that comes with practice.
The man in the background is a volunteer and made me feel like a celebrity. He couldn't stop talking!
Suppose I made him feel it was worth while getting out of bed that day!
Spent longer than planned there of course, but earlier it had felt like autumn was in the air and I didn't mind being inside so much. Now it was hot again. So.......next the Rodin museum. This is the other side of the Parkway. As I said yesterday horrible to cross but managed it of course and strolled down to the museum, I had no time to go in (I regret not going in) but I wanted to get a photograph of this
The tour guide on the bus had told us that a lot of wedding photographs are taken in the grounds of this museum and I could see why but she made us laugh when she said fhat Rodin's piece of work in the entrance is calledSorry for spelling mistakes and punctuation mistakes I have re read and seen them!
The Gates of Hell!
Passed Joan of Arc, a statue that doesn't impress the locals and is referred to as Joan on her pony, they would have liked the horse to have longer legs!
It was getting very late for lunch and not a cafe in sight so I had to walk towards town where I spied a little cafe in Logan Square. Couldn't see it at first for the
This as all the others I've seen is pretty spectacular.....if you like fountains, and I do! Of course it entailed crossing the major roads again but that was Ok because a young man and his dog asked me if I knew where the ice shaving machine was! That one I couldn't help him with but as we were talking I followed him across the road. Didn't matter where he was going but fortunately he sort of thought it might be near the fountain. Don't know if he ever found it because I stopped to take photographs.
Had a good old cheese toastie in the cafe!
Very impressed with this by the cafe and also this for the children to paddle in.
I started off a little bit indifferent to Philadelphia but the more I walked the more I liked, except when I walked back to
Love Square. Another fountain behind it.
We had passed it on the bus but very quickly and she said they had music there every afternoon. Not this afternoon!
There was a sort of demonstration. Just these three with few people sitting around listening. There were two policemen there keeping an eye on them but the other one on their mobiles!
At first these three made me smile especially the one talking and the one with the bible, who couldn't read very well and was shouting. However, after a while I started to feel uncomfortable with what they were saying. Mostly about hating white people and said with such venom.
Oh...... He was there as well!
That must have annoyed them as he stood straight in front of them as they kept saying that Jesus was a black man.....
Later to be seen posing with some schoolgirls.....
This is quite a nice park to go to in the daytime but dont think I would venture there at night.
Just one more thing to do before I go back to collect my bags and head off and that is a walk to Chinatown to get a photograph of the gate.
That was the nicest thing about Chinatown, the rest was a bit jaded!!
Couldn't forget good old William Penn, after all he was English and the city is named after him!
By this time I had been on my feet for seven hours practically and I was bushed so I was glad to get back to the hotel for a coffee and biscuits that are always in the foyer. Before long I was in the shuttle and on my way to the airport. Bit of an horrendous drive with me hanging onto the seatbelt, Ephram was in a hurry I think. Didn't need to be for me I had plenty of time to kill so planned on blog catch up. Typically the wifi at the airport was undergoing upgrade so I gave up!
On the aeroplane the captain said that as there were quite forceful winds that would be behind us, would possibly be 40 mins early landing. Great news.... But would my son be there or would I be sitting around?
I sat on the aisle seat and there wa a charming South African man sitting by the window, we were keeping our fingers crossed that the middle seat had not been taken and it hadn't so gave us a little more room. What a difference it made! Managed to sleep for a couple of hours but got woken up for a drink at 2.45 ( 7.45 our time) and breakfast.
We did land early and son was there!
So off we set and I couldn't wait to get home. Home.... We were in England and of course we got stuck in a bad, bad, traffic jam on M25 and M1. Couldn't understand why it was so bad, Sally traffic told us it was because the A 509 was closed at Milton Keynes. Closed??? From behind came the be bah be bah. Must have been an accident, but no it was the bomb disposal lorry??? Daughter in law was needing the car for 1.30 ....no chance and she thought we were joking when we said the bomb disposal lorry had come past. So... Which way to go.. Try to get on A5... Everyone else thought the same! Eventually.... 3 hours later we arrived home and grandson told us that a bomb had been found in a car on the A509. Welcome to England! It's still the best place to be though!
My travelling journey/adventure has now ended. It wasn't just travelling it was a personal test and I'm pleased with the outcome. What a lot of wonderful memories. I've enjoyed every minute and now wouldn't hesitate to travel on my own. I've met a lot of people, found great relatives and missed my music! lol Five weeks was long enough I think. I did think at times my schedule was too full. Although if I went for longer I wouldn't do everything at such a pace and would take more time off to chill. I've also taken nearly 3,000 photos but I suspect that when I get them uploaded onto the computer I shall delete quite a few. Thank you all for reading the blog, last time I looked there had been nearly 2500 reviews! I am amazed. It's been fun to do but sometimes I've sat in bed needing matchsticks to prop my eyes open!
You never know there might be another one ..but for now I need sleep!