Around the Ben Franklin Parkway

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me in front of Ben Franklin statue

It was a family get-together for my mom's birthday (which would be a few days later), as it was me, my mom, and my sister, visiting the Franklin Institute. It is a science museum, that I've been to, many times over the years. We planned on seeing a couple films on the IMAX. When we bought the tickets, we would have to wait a while until the times came. First we waited around the Ben Franklin statue for a little while.

So we went outside, and visited a few places nearby, along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. More commonly known as the "Ben Franklin Parkway" or just the "Parkway", this street runs from City Hall, all the way towards the Art Museum of Philadelphia, running diagonally.

All Wars Colored Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
As you walk or drive on it, you see the flags of various countries from around the world. I can remember playing this game of guessing which country this flag is, when coming into this area.

Across from the Franklin Institute, there was the "All Wars Colored Soldiers and Sailors Memorial", a park that commemorates the African-Americans from Pennsylvania, who have served in all wars for the US. Around the main one, there are individual ones to the different wars.

We all then went to the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, the largest Catholic church in the US. Going inside, it reminded me of the churches I've seen in Europe. Very huge, with some interesting art inside. It was tough taking pictures inside, as I am still not familiar with the flash settings. Plus I am still new with the digital camera, having gotten my very first one only a few months back.
Ben Franklin Parkway
We looked around for only a very short time.

We also visited the Free Library of Philadelphia, the main central branch. It was huge, but we did not spend much time inside. I used to come there a lot, as I always looked to the travel section to figure out where to go next. I did see a model ship and a statue of William Pepper, the founder of the Philadelphia library. And now, there are numerous neighrborhood branches around the city, some of which, I've gone to, depending on whether I am in the area. At that time, I did not know about reserving materials from another branch.

We returned to the Franklin Institute, to watch the IMAX films. Every IMAX showing starts off with a short film about Philadelphia, showing the different parts of the city. I remember the old version, and now, a more updated one was shown. After the short film, it was the main feature. One of them was about India, and the other may have been about space travel. But I don't remember. Still, we ended up enjoying both of them.

Afterwards, watching both films, we went back home. It was a nice family get-together in the city, for my mom's birthday. And we got to see some sites in our own backyard.

cotton_foam says:
Still need to visit Philly one of these days!!
Posted on: Aug 05, 2013
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me in front of Ben Franklin statue
me in front of Ben Franklin statue
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All Wars Colored Soldiers and Sai…
Ben Franklin Parkway
Ben Franklin Parkway
statue of Ben Franklin
statue of Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin Parkway
Ben Franklin Parkway
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All Wars Colored Soldiers and Sai…
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"holding" the golden ball
holding the golden ball
"holding" the golden ball
Franklin Institute
Franklin Institute
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dome of cathedral
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model ship inside library
statue of William Pepper
statue of William Pepper
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