Headed to New York City

Michelle and I headed from Pennsylvania to Trenton, New Jersey to catch the train to Penn station, New York. Three states in one day. Kind of foreign to this Californian. It was very doable.

We got our tickets and got breakfast and headed to the platform to board the train. We would arrive just before noon in New York City.

Round trip from Trenton to Penn station. Here we go!

Of course, I attempted to read, but I was too busy looking at scenery and being lulled to sleep by the train moro motion.

New Brunswick. I meant to look up what it was, but I haven’t yet.

Last stop! Penn station. Get out.

Pulling into Penn station was fascinating, but it was too dark to video it. There are tracks EVERYWHERE. 21 tracks to board trains. I can’t believe how many people go in and out of here daily.

I was amazed by the shops and other things to see in the station. It took us a while to figure out where we needed to exit to get pointed in the right direction. We are both from big cities so we weren’t thrown too much with the noise and crowds. Once we figured out which direction to head, we were good.

NYC

We went into New York City for the day. We took the train in. The goal was to walk from there to Times Square to the library and tour it. Then to Grand Central Terminal. We’d see the Chrysler building and the Empire State building and the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the statue of liberty. Then we’d see the 911 memorial and head back. Doable, since we weren’t planning on going inside to see anything that required a line.

We had a loose schedule and no real timeline. We were prepared for plan A. Ready to switch to plan B. At one point, we switched to plan C.

We had had a great time, but I took too many photos again, so I’ll have to break the trip into pieces again, and post out of order.

Reading Terminal Market

There was so much here to see, eat, and buy.  It was overwhelming.

This stand had beef jerky and lots of other types of jerky.

The view down just one of the aisles.I had been sent for butter cake, so I figured I should try some.  Nope.  Not my thing.I ended up getting chicken coconut soup for breakfast.This was a spice, nut and candy store.  They sold in bulk.  You brought the container to the cashier and they weighed out what you wanted.Another view down an aisleI was going to get one for the pups at home, but they wouldn’t have stayed fresh long enough to make it home.Vats of picklesI wandered for a long time here before heading down to the Constitution Center.

Constitution Center Museum

I went into the museum and was immediately told to not take photos, so I didn’t until I was allowed.

The person at the front, selling tickets, told me about two live shows that were about to start, back to back.

The first one was just an actor talking about how the Constitution came to be.  It was interesting, but ran over. 

The second was a play about the timeline of abolishing slavery.  It put everything on a timeline and made it clear to me how long it actually took for the concept of equal rights to be closer to where it should be. 

The next group of photos are a reenactment of the room where it happened, to quote the play.  In reading the signs, I realized that not all of the people were actually in the room.  They signed it later, or not at all. 

I couldn’t get the docent to move, so I just took photos with her in them.The panoramic view of the room.  This was the special exhibit.  It was full of information about the civil war and beyond.  One of the timelines.Lincoln’s handsI hadn’t realized that they didn’t catch John Wilkes Booth immediately.  I just assumed that they had grabbed him off the stage and that was the end of it.
The other timeline.  Why did it take so long?  Over a hundred years to get it somewhat together.

This next group of photos was about Hamilton.Fact vs fictionThe dueling pistolsThis shows how close Hamilton and Burr really were.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Before we even got to the stairs of the museum, there were so many beautiful pieces to see.A lot of the pieces were similar to the pieces at Sutro Heights in San Francisco.Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the board with the description of these pieces, but it looks like they are a tribute to the order of the Cincinnati.  I saw works inside about the order, but not a description of what it was about.  Research! This is about how the museum became the museum. I didn’t get to all the art around the museum, but I got to the big pieces in front.  The Rocky statue needed a visit, of course. I have been asked many times.  No.  We didn’t run up these.   We walked.  And took breaks.   But we made it.Almost to the entrance.

We went inside and found that a ticket to the museum was good for two days.  And for multiple museums.  I stared planning on going to the other museum before the ticket expired.

We found this on the way to the bathroom, when we first entered.   I thought it was a beautiful piece.This was a lot easier to see than the full sized one on top of city hall.  What beautiful detail on it.When we were at the public area of the Constitution center, we learned about food that was eaten in the early days of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   Pepper pots were one of the foods.  This piece struck me because of the depiction of the freed slave selling the pepper pot.Not every photo is a piece of art.  At least it wasn’t the inside of my pocket.

Unfortunately, this was the info for the photo below.   It was commissioned by the father of the baby for his wife.  The baby had died of smallpox.  

The painting originally hung on a wall with the curtain covering it, with a notification to be aware of upsetting parents who may have lost children.This piece was made near home, in a smaller town.   I found it interesting that it made its way to Philadelphia.You could hear the water running and dripping wherever you were in this room.This dog kennel was beautiful, but I kept thinking about how my dogs would manage to end up getting out somehow.On the way out of the museum.There were more photos that I wanted to get, but I was exhausted after the plane rides.   Michelle is supposed to send me some she took.   Maybe I’ll show her how to post them while I’m here.

Liberty Bell

I am not used to museums and historical places being free to enter.  I was thrilled that the visit to the Liberty Bell was free. 

We had to pass through security on the way in.  I didn’t have anything with me, so that was a piece of cake.There was so much information and so much history there.  The trip through would have been quicker if the couple in front of us would have stopped standing in front of everything.  They weren’t reading anything, just cuddling and giggling.  They’d stop to take photos on and off, but took forever.  It seemed they were hell bent on being in my photos, too.  I think I managed to not get them in any, though.Of course, I needed the photo of the x-ray.
The back side of the bell.

Rodin Museum

Before you start reading this, please know that I fell in love with Rodin’s The Gates of Hell the first time I saw it at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia has a full sized version of it and I could get up close to it. There are a lot of photos of it here, and, because of the time of day, I couldn’t get a full photo without it being half in shadow. I will look closer when I can enlarge the photos, to remove duplicates.When I saw how Rodin signed his sculpture, it made me feel better about the way I sign my paintings in art class.You can’t show any work by Rodin without The Thinker.Beautiful pond in a beautiful garden.The first of many photos of The Gates of Hell.This was my ticket from yesterday’s visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I was thrilled that the Rodin Museum was included and a second day, too. Yesterday was exhausting.Today’s ticketMy photo doesn’t show the broken nose as well as I would have liked.I loved that they encourage artists to sketch. There were several places set up like this.I had seen other pieces that Rodin did of Victor Hugo. I loved seeing the story behind them here. Hugo never posed. Rodin just spent a lot of time with him to get his likeness.

I had seen these pieces before. They are still interesting.

I hadn’t seen the final piece for this. It’s beautiful.


I recognized this as not Rodin, but I didn’t realize it was a Picasso. For some reason, I thought Picasso only did paintings. Learn something new every day.

I had heard of this piece, but it was more fascinating in person, I think.


This was a very powerful piece. It really spoke to me.

The Three Shades are also at the Legion of Honor. They are the top of The Gates of Hell. I could get up close here, too.

I had seen the miniature version of this at the Legion of Honor. It was nice to get up close.

Performance art or my sense of humor?

My trip, so far

I have been all over the place for my trip. I have been to the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center, and Reading Terminal Market. I had a Philly cheese steak sandwich and walked a bunch of steps. I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum.

I will be posting them all out of order, because the new software for the blog only allows me to post one photo at a time and it’s a pain in the butt when I have taken so many photos. The old editor works, but crashes frequently, so, I’ll post what I can, when I can.

I am having a great time, even if you’re not really hearing much from me yet.

My trip, so far

I have been all over the place for my trip. I have been to the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center, and Reading Terminal Market. I had a Philly cheese steak sandwich and walked a bunch of steps. I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum.

I will be posting them all out of order, because the new software for the blog only allows me to post one photo at a time and it’s a pain in the butt when I have taken so many photos. The old editor works, but crashes frequently, so, I’ll post what I can, when I can.

I am having a great time, even if you’re not really hearing much from me yet.

Last minute prep

Other than packing, I had things to take care of before my trip. In the days before the trip, I needed to get my mani pedi done, since I knew I couldn’t pull a whole extra week out of my manicure. I managed to get it done, and wasn’t paying attention, so my fingers and toes ended up almost exactly the same color and shade of purple.

On the day of the trip, I had to stop at a friend’s place to pick something up from her. I had to get gas and make a deposit. I needed to rearrange the things in my luggage so that I could get through security, onto the plane, and reach what I needed while I was on the plane.

I finally had it all together. I had two errands to do on the way to the airport. I grabbed the suitcases and started to load them into the car. I put one suitcase behind the car while I went to get the other case and close the door. I put the second suitcase down and it rolled down the driveway. I ended up chasing the suitcase down the driveway, yelling at it to wait for me. Off to a great start!