Friday, June 10, 2005

A Short Walk Down Spruce Street

Photos from "What's Happening", post from 6/10/2005 entitled Philadelphia Wedding

Looking Down Cypress Street from Front of Hotel.

Turned Left onto Fawn Street.

Beautiful House on Fawn Street.

Cypress and Carmac Camac. Here's the front of that house that had the cool rooftop porch with the glassy doors.

My Hotel. Now I'm standing at Carmac Camac, looking down Cypress back at my hotel. All those pictures from the room were taken from that 6th story window, and from the bay window on the right side.

Coffeeshop at Spruce and 11th.

Spruce and 11th. All the north/south numbered streets (11th, 12th, 13th, etc) seem to have trolley tracks running down them. I'm pretty sure they are not used anymore. It would be fun to find out the history of them, and how they were used. Was there a trolley for every street that ran up and down? Did the trolley turn to the next street at the end, and go in a weaving pattern? I'm not sure, but the tracks sure look nostalgic.

Side Street. All the side streets are gorgeous like this. This a couple of blocks from the hotel.

Another Side Street, a block or two from the last one. There is no escape from the beautiful architecture.

Big Building on Spruce. We're facing West on Spruce, back toward the hotel a few blocks away.

Hi! A cat and aloe plant in a 1st floor window on Spruce Street.


Blogger Benjamin said...

Great photos all around. I'm particularly fond of these street-level shots. You make Philly look great.

When my family went to New York, we stopped by Philly for about an hour, just to walk past Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell (without even trying to get inside). We figured we should at least see them, since it was the only time we'd ever been that far northeast. We just didn't have time to do much else.

Anyway, my impression of Philly was that it seemed totally dilapidated. Your pictures make me want to go back with a little more time on my hands. Thanks for sharing them!

Friday, June 10, 2005  
Blogger AndyOfVermont said...

Thanks! As far as cities, I've just been to Boston, NYC, Houston, Montreal, Baltimore, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia, (I think that's all for major cities). Of those, Philadelphia is my favorite by far. You are not entirely incorrect about dilapitated. I've heard Philadelpia is actually shrinking slightly in population. But its a beautiful place, and the cleanest and least smelly of the above as well. Keep in mind I have not been south of South Street, which is supposedly where things begin to get more scary.

Friday, June 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Benny K...Everywhere I go, there you are...In the blog world and the real one!

I was just going to say that Philly lookes BEAUTIFUL. Those photos made me want to be there!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005  
Blogger mama bear said...

I *must* say here, to add to the distinguished other commentors,...the photos are beautiful. You are really giving us a pleasure by sharing them, here, as well as other spots on your blogsite. I am wondering if cars can actually drive down those very narrow looking streets. They don't look wide enough for that.

Saturday, September 24, 2005  
Blogger AndyOfVermont said...

Yep, believe it or not, cars actually do drive on these streets. Usually only cars driven by people who live on those streets though, but sometimes others will use them as shortcuts. But you will have at least 2 wheels on the sidewalk. The main streets are pretty narrow too, as seen on Spruce Street and 11th Street in the pictures above. They're all one-way, usually with 2 lanes plus parking. Don't worry though, you might think it would be hard to drive in a city with all one-way streets. They're all parellel or perpendicular. Philly is by far the easiest city to drive in.

Saturday, September 24, 2005  

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