Today I would like to introduce you to a new weekly series here on Littlestarblog – Travel Thursday ! Each week I will share with you one exciting trip I have taken recently and I honestly can’t wait !! I have been meaning to do this for the longest time and have been literary hoarding so many half written travel posts and gorgeous photos but now is the time to finally get things done and post them bit by bit – don’t you just love the new year ?! 😉
I will start with the USA road-trip I took with my husband and the kids two months ago and our first stop was Philadelphia, a city the history buff in me had dreamt of exploring for a long, long time… Here are some of my favorite Philly photos for you – enjoy !
Philly (as the locals affectionately call their city) has many different facets – it’s the city of “brotherly love”, home of the famous (and really yummy) Philly cheesesteak, a city where new shiny skyscrapers throne over old Greek Revival style buildings and a place where history is still very much alive !
One of Philadelphia’s most important historic sights is of course Independence Hall where many key moments in American history have taken place. For many years it was the home of the famous Liberty Bell, George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in the Assembly Room, the Declaration of Independence was adopted here and Independence Hall is also the place where the design of the American flag was decided upon and where the U.S. Constitution was drafted….
This probably sounds pretty geeky to you but I am not ashamed to say that walking through the same halls as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin gave me goosebumps in the best possible way. I was so happy to be able to share this with Nick and Charlie and give them a little impromptu history lesson right where it all actually took place !! They really loved it all and I don’t think kids are ever too young to appreciate the meaning and value of historical sights, if you take the time and patience to guide them…
There is nothing better than mixing some historical with a bit of contemporary fun – after our tour of Independence Hall and a much anticipated visit to the Liberty Bell we went for a sunny walk on Philadelphia’s beautiful and artsy South Street, where we just stumbled upon one of its treasures (you can see Nick exploring it in the photo above), Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. This permanent art installation, gallery and community arts center is definitely worth a visit and I can truly say that I have never seen anything quite like it before.
Started by local artist Isaiah Zagar in 1994, this unique mosaic art environment and the many public murals nearby took 15 year to complete. The Magic Gardens are really deserving of their name – Nick and Charlie where just transfixed as soon as we stumbled upon them and took the longest time to explore it all… The outdoor mosaic sculpture garden alone spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street and the funky, colorful and sparkly mix of hand-made tiles, folk art statues, bicycle wheels, glass bottles and thousands of glittering mirrors create a truly magical place for visitors of all ages !
Well, I’ll have to stop now as this post has already gotten way too long but as you can see we really loved our time in Philadelphia ! I hope you enjoyed reading about it and next week’s Travel Thursday will take you to the famous battlefields of Gettysburg – so stay tuned ! 🙂
(images: bridgee for littlestarblog)