Besides eating well at Ramen Bar and having a great time with our younger daughter while in Philadelphia, our flying road trip took us through a state of contrasts:

…miles of trees and a city of streets clogged with miles of traffic

…tunnels through mountains standing against the sky and a magnificent skyline of buildings

…modern buildings and buildings that have stood since the genesis of our country

…a two-family farmer’s market at a rest area and an enclosed market jammed with people, produce, and products of all sorts

…up-to-date businesses and technology and the echoes of history in the iconic names the conjure two different wars: Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Gettysburg,  Chambersburg

Here are a few photos from our trip.  The leaves, between the time we drove out on Friday and returned on Sunday, had turned brilliant colors but the sky was overcast on the way back, muting the colors that would have been brilliant if seen under the sunshine.  We soaked in the beauty anyway, although the pictures don’t begin to do the sight justice.

Tunnel, complete with smudged windshield

Two constants–the skyline and the traffic

An urban peak

Independence Hall

Reading Market (pronounced Redding–don’t know why)

The word “shrimp” really doesn’t apply here!

Provence at the Reading Market

  1. I love these photos – partly because I recognize them all! What did you think of the pair of tunnels on the Turnpike with that little hidden valley between them?

    • The double tunnels. Aren’t they fun? I like tunnels, although on the longer ones, the lights reflecting off various surfaces in the car and elsewhere can be a bit hypnotic.

  2. The shrimp looks delicious and fresh.
    Love the colors.

  3. Thank you for sharing the photos from your trip! That is so nice you got to see your daughter and see so many interesting things.

  4. Kim in TX says:

    The one time we visited Philly (on our long trip to show them where we lived and all the sites in and around Boston), I was so glad we had borrowed a friend’s GPS. It helped us more than it hindered, and we were able to get in and see at least most of the historic sites that we wanted to show the kids.

    Love that Provence booth at the market!

    • A GPS is certainly a blessing! Now that I’ve been there a couple times, I’m getting better at knowing where to go, but detours, construction, etc. can throw everything off. The Provence booth looked just like one at any of the markets in Provence. 🙂

  5. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Ah yes, the Reading Market. We were there a few years ago. My kids keep asking if we can go back someday.

    • sustainabilitea says:

      We have a similar market in Cleveland, the West Side Market, celebrating 100 years this week. The composition is different, though–lots of produce and meat/cheese/bakeries and many less places to eat. Both are lots of fun!

  6. Kris Kennedy says:

    You should have waved when you drove by – it was fun to see and hear your perspective on PA…

    • sustainabilitea says:

      Where are you in PA? I’ll be out again the first weekend in Nov. and I’ll be sure to wave.

      • Kris Kennedy says:

        Reading, about 50 minutes west of PA – about half way between Philly and Harrisburg…it was also funny that you talked about the Provence (sp?) booth at the Reading Terminal Market – my mom just said to me yesterday if I get there any time soon, she would like another table cloth…I smiled when I read that that is what you focused on…

      • I focused on that for a photo because of the beauty and because one of my s-i-l’s lives in Provence, so we’ve been to markets and seen the same things there. The patterns and colors are so pretty. I had more market pictures, but didn’t want to drive everyone mad by having a post with more pictures. When I’m there next time, I’d like to go to the market again–to look, to eat and to buy. 🙂

      • Kris Kennedy says:

        yes, certainly you can do all of those things – very fun!

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