Rather than break up the rest of today into several posts, I’ll lump it all into one. Overview: We went non-stop from 9am to 5pm. Time for a drink.
Before we went to the Penitentiary, we walked through the Penn campus, seeing so much new construction named after big donors (a good thing) and enjoying watching all the kids walking to class. We saw one white girl, that’s about it. Asian. Indian/Pakistani. Black. Tons of women in Muslim headdress. And to a one, they all ignored the man proselytizing – no one even looked up.
And this guy – talking loudly about God. No one looked up from their phone
Rodin Museum** up next: Small but stunning. Only bummer is their audio tour headphones were not working and the app I downloaded had lots of exhibits not there. I asked and was told they hadn’t updated the app. Um, wouldn’t that be a good idea if you have an app?? [** It’s worth reading the About the Museum linked page and view the slideshow].
What I didn’t ask and should have – the Rodin Museum in Paris….they also have many of these pieces, including The Thinker. How can that be?
Then off right next door to the Barnes Foundation – a little more crowded than the Rodin but relatively empty for a Friday. And the most expensive venue of the day. $20. I thought that was steep. Rodin was $8.00. The prison was $12. $15 might have been better but maybe they don’t want to deal with handing out change.
No one told me I couldn’t take photos of the artwork until I got a heavy tap on my shoulder to cease and desist pronto. So use your imagination – Amazing collection of Renoir, Matisse – you name the artist – it was there.
By the end of Barnes, our feet were pretty achy breaky, so we walked back to the hotel – just about 30 minutes – and came upon a large demonstration for Palestine and just some more of the pretty Philly skyline. SO MUCH NEW CONSTRUCTION everywhere in Center City. I didn’t realize Philadelphia was having a boom. What they are also having is one heck of a lot of police sirens all day and night.