The Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Convention is over for another year and I have photos from our three days in Philadelphia. I think the best thing is for me to post them in chronological order rather than by subject matter because that is really all over the map. From the quirky to the historical, and from the dolls to, of course, the bears, there was a lot going on.
The drive up to Philadelphia was in the rain. Not just drizzling or dreary rain either. This was serious-pouring-down-buckets-flooding rain. It was the first thing anyone talked about on arrival. Whether or not they drove in it or their flight was delayed by it. Sebastian’s view was mostly of the windshield wipers going at full speed.
What a difference a day makes! The sun came out and we were able to mosey on down to Philadelphia where we happened upon this quirky building.
You couldn’t help but stare and be curious wondering what the heck this was all about. There were mirrored tiles and ceramic ones as well as glass bottles and bicycle tire rims. What??!!!
Not to be left hanging, we soon found out this place is quite the oddity and even made the Roadside America list of places to see in Philadelphia.
It’s called Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and is the vision and work of artist Isaiah Zagar. The following photo is of just one of many walls.
Of course, we bought tickets to explore it from the inside. We didn’t have to buy a ticket for Sebastian. He was allowed in for free.
It is very much like a maze with tunnels and grottos and walls adorned with glass and tile mosaics. Look closely below – I did as suggested and took one!
It was fun walking through it and seeing all the work that took years and years to accomplish. I would like to see it at night sometime. I bet that would be cool.
Art was everywhere in Philly. It seemed as if every wall had a mural. I took photos of many of them. Here’s a huge one.
More art in the form of sculpture on the South Street pedestrian bridge. It’s called “Stroll”. These figures are very tall!
We sort of missed lunch so these cupcakes from Philly Cupcakes kept us going until dinner. Sebastian said he didn’t have any problem with it as long as he was allowed a few bites.
Philly Cupcakes didn’t have chairs and tables – it’s a strictly get your cupcakes and go kind of place. Which we did. We took them over to the Reading Terminal Market where we sat down to eat them. This flower sign outside caught my attention.
Sebastian wants to play a game of “Guess Where I Am” so we might do that next time.
As for me, I’ve mostly unpacked but there are still a few things here and there that have to be put away. That will be my Monday task and while I’m doing that maybe Sebastian will finish the laundry. Yeah, I know. Keep dreaming!