Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 12-31-2015

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the surrounding area are beautiful. If you mix a classic building, water, the city, sunset, and a major train corridor, you are bound to see something beautiful. Below I hope that you enjoy a few of the pictures that I took on New Year’s Eve and have converted to Black and White. I have taken many more during other visits and I am sure there will be even more in the future.

Visit Date: 12/31/2015

Camera: Sony a6000

Get Away, Philadelphia, Day 2

We had a nice relaxing time in Philadelphia.

The view from a waterfront room at the Hyatt is not the most beautiful, but it is beautiful in a sense because I like water. In this picture you are looking at New Jersey. Water always seems to make things calmer whether it is brown or blue.

On Sunday morning we decided  to indulge in the breakfast that came with the room. We had breakfast at Hyatt’s Keating Grill which provides the view in the pictures below but at a lower level. A breakfast of fruit, potatoes, and grilled vegetables hit the spot.

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After breakfast we took a walk down the Penn’s landing pier. People jog, stroll, and just enjoy the view when traversing this pier.
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We had dinner on this ship, the Moshulu, a long time ago. It was very formal. The menu and atmosphere have changed a little since then.

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We decided to skip the museum this time as I wanted to find the chocolate shop and the tea shop. First up was Teuscher Chocolates. All I knew was that I saw an add in the Where Philadelphia magazine that mentioned chocolates and that I wanted to go to this place. It turns out that they have excellent chocolate! I got a selection and we went to the Starbucks for some tea and chocolates. One of the chocolates was something called a Dark Champagne Truffle. It was awesome. After this a certain break was needed and it turns out that the place we were in, the Bellevue, which is another Hyatt, has a location for this on the 19th floor. The picture that you see below is from the 19th floor of this building. The water is the Delaware River.

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After walking around on the west side of Broad Street, visiting shops near Rittenhouse Square, we found the tea shop, Premium Steep. My husband loves tea and found some high quality Sencha there. I drink it, love tea shops, but am not into tea as much as he is. So when I am asked if I want to smell the tea, it doesn’t do a whole lot for me. 🙂 One day it will.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Membership

My husband and I recently went to Philadelphia. During that visit we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I don’t remember why we went to the PMA, but I am so glad we did! During that time there was a special Cezanne exhibit in progress. The tickets were sort of pricey so my husband and I decided to purchase a Supporter level membership. This membership would get us into the museum, the exhibit, a discount on parking, and entry into 50 other museums around the country.

I am so glad we did this. The Cezanne exhibit sparked an interest in art in us. I have always enjoyed looking at the “pretty” pictures, but while looking at the art, something changed. The exhibit included artwork from Cezanne but then it also included art from other artists that were influenced by Cezanne. The other artists’ works ranged from works that were very similar to something more modern to more abstract to one that was a big blue swath that was to represent the water in the original painting.

As we viewed the art the spark of interest started. I was so fascinated by the original works and the interpretations. I now want to learn more about the artists lives and why they painted a particular painting. Why is the painting dark, how did they make the veins in Socrates’ feet show up, why does the head in look so crazy, why didn’t they put clothes on those ladies, was chubby in vogue during those times, were all of those men really that muscular, how did they make the colors so vivid, did they really just throw paint on a canvas, why do I like this picture?

As we go on our museum and art journey, I hope to find the answers to those questions and explore a whole new world which is accessible to all.