Here’s Irv looking like he’s gesturing toward the Trump Tower. Irv was a famous newspaper man in Chicago. I personally had never heard of him, but he’s famous none the less. Famous enough to get a statue anyway. Way to go Irv.
Lastly, from Philadelphia, we ventured over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the intention of actually going inside and checking out the museum. We were also going to re-create the whole Rocky running up the stairs thing with Karen as Rocky, arms raised, wearing a hoodie, etc. Sadly it was Sunday, our last morning in town, when we went over and apparently the museum is free on Sundays, a good thing, and so everyone and their third uncles cousin goes on Sunday, a bad thing. We couldn’t find parking… anywhere. So instead of going up the steps and inside, we drove around it a couple of times, Karen shooting this photo from the car window while we were stopped at a red light. Next time we’re in Philly, we’re going. This time we settled for the drive by.
We did end up getting to see some areas of the city and just outside of the city we wouldn’t have seen. There’s a cool park running along two sides of a river (who’s name I can barely remember let alone try to spell) filled with sculpture and rowing clubs. Apparently it’s a training ground for Olympic rowers? Not really sure, but we think so. There were tons of people out rowing as we drove by so if nothing else, it’s a very popular thing to do.
And so ends the tales of our trip to Atlanta and Philadelphia. Nice time in both cities. We ran into some great people in both towns, very friendly, very hospitable. We saw some sights and enjoyed some down time (or at least I enjoyed some down time… Karen, unfortunately, had to work most of the time). It was a bit tiring traveling and then traveling and then traveling to get home. I don’t know how the traveling business person does it all the time. And sadly, Karen has to leave again tomorrow for LA. Business meeting. She flies back on Thursday, but still… what a bummer. If I’m tired, she’s exhausted. But then, that’s us… life on the go, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lastly today we wandered by, though we didn’t go in, the World of Coke. It’s very near the Georgia Aquarium. Cool statue of this guy there. Makes me kind of thirsty looking at it.
While we were down near the Georgia Aquarium and before we ventured out of town to Stone Mountain, we wandered the Centennial Olympic Park and the grounds around the World of Coke. Really nice park. This statue is in the park and depicts the founder of the modern olympic movement. It was a gift from France to the city of Atlanta to commemorate it’s hosting of the 1996 games.