River Farm, home to the American Horticultural Society headquarters, and once owned by George Washington, was a beautiful sight to behold. Situated along the Potomac River, it boasts some incredible views and, of course, spectacular gardens, including this amazing Manor House. I had been wanting to explore this place for a while now (my never-ending bucket list), so Gracie and I headed out early in the morning to do just that.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
9:30am. 90 degrees with 100% humidity. The morning hustle and bustle of traffic, pedestrians, and tourists. We get out of the car, walk around the corner and suddenly, the noise fades, and a tall, austere building appears in view. It is stunning. It is beautiful. It is breathtaking. It is the Philadelphia LDS Temple and it is a powerful reminder of the peace we can feel when we are in the presence of the Lord's house.
Friday, August 12, 2016
This place gave me the chills. In a good way. Maybe I am the only one who geeks out on history but as I walked these streets, I had visions of what it must have felt like when the founding fathers lived, breathed, debated, convened, and created here! The cobblestone streets lend an air of history that immediately transports you to a different time. At least, it did me. This is the birthplace of America! The place where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were drafted and signed!
When I was doing my research for our trip to Philly, pictures of this pop-up park, well, popped up all over the internet. Little did I know, it has been lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America! Let me tell you, in a city filled with incredible history and awesome sights, the last thing I expected to be on my list of favorite things was a park. But, this place, is so much more than just a pop-up park!! This is hammock-filled heaven, with ping pong, shuffleboard, life-size chess,...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Reading Terminal Market gets its name from its location - it is housed in what used to be a train shed. It is not a part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and plays host to over 100 vendors, selling all kinds of delicious fare. If you ever make it to Philadelphia, this place is a must-see, right up there with Independence Hall.
I have to be completely honest with you - I did not expect to fall in love with the City of Brotherly Love! Okay, falling in love might be a bit exaggerated, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed exploring this place.
We were on our way to see the Liberty Bell, when we walked right up to The Declaration House! Surprise! I wasn't expecting to see this place on our way but, hey, since we did, why not explore, right?? My mind's wheels were turning so quickly as I imagined Jefferson in this very spot, pacing back and forth as he deliberated within himself the words that should eventually be a part of one of the most important documents of this country's history! How exciting to be here and to experience this!
One of the first things we did when we got to Philly was to dump our stuff in the hotel and walk several blocks in the heat and humidity to see The Liberty Bell. A short line through security and we were inside the exhibit to see this magnificent symbol of freedom. I'm not sure if it was because when I grew up in India, as an Anglo-Indian, we felt that most of our history had left the country along with our forefathers who returned to Britain when the East India Company was dissolved, or, it was because we were raised in poverty and were so focused on making it from day to day in some instances, that I had never felt such a draw or affiliation to the history of the country.
But, here in America, for some reason, the history of this country fascinates me! I imagine what it must have been like to walk among the giants of the time - the founding fathers - and to have been a part of history in the making. I find myself transported temporarily in my thoughts to the time periods when this country was just beginning to grow and to be created, and imagine how exciting that would have been. Being in Philadelphia and experiencing a bit of what that was like was an incredible feeling!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Aaron had the week of, so he wanted to come along with Gracie and me on our weekly hunt for new playgrounds and parks :) This was a place that a good friend of mine recommended and we had never been to, so why not? It was really cool because of these wooden structures and crawl spaces, and big tires, and swings under the deck, and a whole lot more. Gracie had a blast!