Philadelphia – First impressions part I

It’s been two and half days since I moved to Philadelphia, US. Only a single day now remains, before a new chapter in life begins – an MBA program at Wharton. My first few days have gone in shopping for furniture at IKEA and assembling it. I thought it would be extremely hard but it turned out to be quite a lot of fun! πŸ™‚

As the anxiety and excitement builds up, I finally got the time today to go out into the city and explore a little bit. I was confused between simply “looking” and taking photographs but ended up taking some shots anyway, while taking mental notes for what to capture later πŸ˜€

The thing which has struck me the most about Philly the most so far is how this city has so much history visible all around. There are beautiful, old buildings sprinkled all over, lending a lovely mood to the city.

Finding an old building such as this church, amidst newer ones, is a common sight

There are houses, shops and restaurants located in many of these buildings. It looks quite wonderful.

Would be amazing to have such a pretty entrance to your house!

An Irish pub looks much more interesting given its location

Buildings are adorned with a lot of detail and craftsmanship

Of course there are some of the more modern looking cafes such as this. I’ve always been a fan of street side cafes, if only the Indian weather could allow them:(

Shot on Walnut Street

I saw a lot of places that offered to do psychic readings or tarot readings or some astrological stuff. That was interesting!

This one is in fact very close to my building, perhaps only one or two blocks away

A different way of attracting customers, this. I’m sure it works! πŸ™‚

On 19th Street

Another street side cafe –

Street side cafes dot the sidewalks. Pedestrians walk past

































Wonderful music played by street musicians lends a very romantic mood to the city.

This gentleman played amazing mouth organ. It's sad to see such talent go waste.


  1. Mukta Darera · July 28, 2011

    Hey, loved the photographs! Won’t let you get out of home without a camera from now on!

    • Sonali · July 28, 2011

      He he, thanks, I’d love to, just hoping I have the time! πŸ™‚

  2. Vikram Sharma · July 29, 2011

    beautiful pictures! everythings so black and white! πŸ™‚

    • Sonali · July 30, 2011

      ha ha πŸ™‚

  3. neeta mangal · July 30, 2011

    wow great pics. had a small tour of Philly. can we hav some more please ? πŸ™‚

    • Sonali · July 30, 2011

      Thank you! Coming soon πŸ™‚

  4. Vivek Krishna · August 29, 2011

    Take a picture of yourself on the Rocky Steps @ Philly πŸ˜‰

    • Sonali · August 30, 2011

      Ah, of course πŸ™‚ On my to-do list whenever I visit the museum πŸ˜€

  5. Vali · December 3, 2011

    this one is amazing!

    • Sonali · December 3, 2011

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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