Tuesday, April 8, 2008

streets of philadelphia

one of the best things about going away in late march when one lives in cleveland is coming home to more than just a promise of spring. last night when f picked me up he was actually wearing shorts! I expect that this afternoon when ms t and I head out on some of our usual rounds we may even discover blooming flowers.

there were a few catalysts for my recent trip:
1) I wanted to check out the frida kahlo exhibit at the philadelphia museum of art
2) I had a ride to philly
3) ms t and her mom were off on their own 'spring break' so my schedule could easily adjust
4) I was seriously jonesing for a trip to the big apple

it's been quite a few years since I have been in downtown philadelphia; although my time in philly was brief it was enough to remind me of what a wonderful city it is and to stimulate the desire to go back soon.

the main building of the philadelphia museum of art is currently undergoing an extensive restoration project and even though scaffolding encases the museum, the project does little to diminish the museum's glory - and it is a glorious museum - inside or out. the frida show was incredible and should you find yourself in the philadelphia area between now and may 18th make sure you check it out.

another highlight of our time in the PMA main building was the exhibit on the photographer lee miller. this exhibit leaves april 27th. I don't know how I was never aware of the incredible story of ms. miller - she led a truly remarkable life and as with frida, she also has left behind an amazing legacy.

I don't have time this morning for much more. I'll end with a little slideshow of some of my photos from philly. every picture tells a story, don't it?

place for some good eats and if you're in need of a pint: the bishop's collar
for those who enjoy root beer and taking a trip back in time, make sure you try weber's drive-in

photo: flowering window box on the streets of philadelphia


d. chedwick bryant said...

Hello Kimy!
Great post--Glad you're back blogging--but also glad you had a good trip.
It has been years since I have been in Philadelphia, (it feels like years since I left my house, actually, but that's another story)

Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

Welcome back. Sounds like you had a great time. (and a flower box wrapped in burlap - how pretty!)

TheElementary said...

I am very pleased to see you back, with your super pictures and stories.

Steve said...

Philly IS terrific. I'm supposed to go down there sometime in the next couple of weeks to do some street art photography. I'm looking forward to it!

Love the blossoms! Those hyacinths smell so amazing.

WAT said...


That museum looks so beautiful! You're all about the accomplishments of women throughout history, and Frida Kahlo was definitely one of THEE ALL-TIME greats indeed! I liked the movie with Salma Hayek, and her life story alone is sooooooo fascinating: the bus accident, her equally talented cheating ugly husband Diego, her lesbian experiences, her trips abroad, and even that Russian dude Trotsky or whatever.

Colette Amelia said...

what is it about spring flowers? Just looking at them brings a smile!

Good to have you back home safe and sound and blogging!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ched - I'm gonna take advantage of free rides to philly (since my wonderful neighbor goes frequently and said 'anytime'). great city.

lee - I did

te - thanks

steve- you will have a great time, I look forward to seeing your pictures. your eye is great!

wat - frida rocks!! you nailed it, I did really wrap up march with a total celebration of women's accomplishments - especially in the arts.

ca - though I love to travel, it's always good to come back home! see ya in the 'hood'