Turning to leave from the area, toward our way back to the train station, the feature we’d been looking for. Hidden among buildings and utility poles, once Atlantic City’s tallest structure, no longer a beacon for mariners. Lonely, lean and silently dignified.
You wouldn’t know it the way its wavy shaped windows shine in the sun. Yet, this enormous structure, built on a once-residential area at a cost of billion, remains closed since September 2014. All the 6,8 million sq.ft., 1.898 hotel rooms, 14 restaurants, spa, concert venues, nightclubs, shops and 130.000 sq.ft. gambling space of it. 2,5 years of operation, then bankruptcy. Now a still, eerie emptiness.
A lot has been said about what is, what could have been, what should be done. This city, once thriving on speculation, is now suffering from the effects of an overdose.
A few houses left standing in the vicinity, two in the shadow of the sleeping giant. We have to move on. It may be the emptiness but this area feels unsafe.
But if your curiosity gets the better of you, as it did of us, and you decide to leave the beach, behold the nightmarish setting of the Famous Atlantic City Boardwalk!
Heavily edited and filtered, it still feels like a cheap set of a b-movie in the seventies. I wonder who was responsible for these monstrosities; and what could they possibly be thinking? Atlantic City
February 23rd, 2017
On the train to Philadelphia, we had discovered the quiet car completely by accident. A great feature, one that trains in Europe would greatly benefit from. Why this has not been implemented on the other side of the Atlantic, is a mystery to me. We now ask the train attendant for the quiet car, every time we’re about to board a train.
Half an hour later and… what a difference 60 miles make!
A brilliant sunshine, a light breeze, unseasonably warm, an enormous beach, no crowds.
“Enjoy God’s gift to humanity!” an excited fellow walker exclaimed…
“Enjoy!” we echoed, smiling back… “as long as you remain under the boardwalk”, we added silently.
If time allows, a trip to Philadelphia may either be combined with a visit to the Amish Country, to the west or a walk on (better yet, under) the famous Boardwalk of the Atlantic City, to the southeast. We chose the second. Around 90′ by train, the Ocean was beckoning.
Meanwhile, Philly was showing us her cloudy face.
Philadelphia, views from the Schuylkill River Trail.
February 23rd, 2017
Vast in size, rich in collections with major works from European, American and Asian artists, from paintings and prints to decorative items and furniture, it will require at least three hours for a ”quick” overview – and that includes the main building only. For the museum manages several annexes such as the Rodin Museum and the Perelman Building across the street, which is why your ticket will be valid for two consecutive days – in case you have the stamina to visit them all (which we didn’t).
The images below show a very brief part of what you can expect to see in the museum; I skipped most of the paintings in favour of objects and furniture that got my attention.
I hope you enjoyed this very brief and – admittedly- subjective tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Coming up next, two angry faces.
How many times I heard the tune, I couldn’t possibly tell – I lost count halfway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It had been in my head all along and seemingly everyone – myself included – got in synch as soon as The Steps appeared on the far end of the long stretch between Logan Square and The Oval.
Everyone, except Washington that is, seeing how he faces away, his back turned to the steps.
The rest of the world goes the Rocky wayLike this Donut Man
Or this Reenactor Or the Man himself
Inside the ”Winter Garden” aka main lobby of the Comcast Center. Two show-stopping public art installations.
The Comcast Experience, a 25.4ft tall, 83.3 feet, 2,000sf high-definition LED screen with incredibly clear, almost 3-D moving images, ranging from the clock wheels pictured here, to monumental natural landscapes to Betty Boop dancing.
And the permanent installation ”Humanity in Motion” by Jonathan Borofsky – 12 realistically painted life-size figures of stainless steel, walking on horizontal poles and two figures standing at ground level. Guess which ones?
Through Thomas Paine Plaza, the city’s urban garden across from the City Hall.
Finding the Comcast Center Building, the tallest one in the city – at least until the other Comcast highrise, the one you see coming up on the left side, is complete. The Comcast Technology Center’s ambition is to become one of the tallest buildings in the U.S. Getting some New York vibes of steel and glass verticality?
There’s something going on here but I’m not sure I want to find out exactly what!
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