Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis Two Day Visit to Philadelphia

This is just a quick run down of the Pope's visit. 

For those like me, who are not attending any of the public events but traveling this weekend please click on the link below to know what bridges are close and where you can park.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

8:40 a.m. - Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

10:30 a.m. - Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. The event is not open.

4:45 p.m. - Pope Francis will visit Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
7:30 p.m. - Festival of Families at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway outside the Philadelphia Art Museum, where Francis will attend. This festival is open to the public, but requires a ticket.  Ticket are no longer available.

Sunday, September 27th

9:30 a.m, Pope Francis will meet with bishops at St. Martin's Chapel in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Private event.

11:00 a.m - Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility

4:00 p.m. - Closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families.The Mass will be held outside the Philadelphia Art Museum and is open to the public, but a ticket is required.  Tickets are no longer available.

7:00 p.m. - Pope Francis will formally meet with organizers, volunteers and benefactors involved with the World Meeting of Families. Closed to the public.

8:00 p.m. - Pope Francis will depart for Rome from the Philadelphia International Airport
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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The New York Times listed Philly as the No. 3 place you must visit this year, after Milan and Cuba.

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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Made in America

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Monday, August 17, 2015

More adventures on the Wissahickon Creek Trail

There are many little treasures along the banks and trails of the Wissahickon in the Northwest section of Philly. One of these, a small statue of an unknown Quaker (he looks an awful like William Penn), which I happened to stumble upon today on my hike.

Here's a small excerpt I pulled from the Friends of the Wissahickon official website that gives a brief history of the site:

Erected in 1883, this marble statue of a man in Quaker clothing is situated on a ridge on the eastern side of the Park just north of the Walnut Lane Bridge. Standing atop Mom Rinker's Rock, the nine-foot-eight-inch statue has the word "Toleration" carved into its four-foot-three-inch base. The statue, which was created by late 19th century sculptor Herman Kirn, was brought to the site by landowner John Welsh who is reported to have purchased the statue at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Welsh, a former Fairmount Park Commissioner and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, donated his land to the Park prior to his death in 1886.

The Stevie Wonder Popup at Dilworth Park

Everyone has a bucket list and one of my items can now be checked off. The amazing Mr. Stevie Wonder graced our lovely city with an impromptu concert to promote the final time he will perform his acclaimed album "Songs In The Key Of Life". The tour will have a couple of stops here in Philly in October so make sure to buy your tickets. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 21st.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Things to do after 5pm in Philly.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wissahickon Creek and Forbidden Drive Trail

It was by chance that I stumbled on this place,  well sort of. We had visited the nearby and quaint Rittenhousetown about two and a half before with our child in tow. I remember seeing the trailhead and saying to myself "I'll be back someday to ride or walk that thing". And as it turned out, I did and so should everyone in the Philly area. It is wonderland in the woods and an amateur hiker's practice spot. And if you are hungry, the posh yet affordable Valley Green Inn is nestled about halfway down the trail. On the weekends, they sell ice cream, soda, and snacks out the back for the weary traveller. Take a ride up Lincoln Drive and enjoy.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beer Trail