In the past week, the weather has really lifted my spirits. Between the three-day rainstorm and the now seventy degree days, paired with a steady wind, each day has been perfect.
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This weekend, I found myself on a day trip to Philadelphia. I went down for a few reasons, one of which was to see the Sakura trees mentioned a few posts back, and with the passing rains and rising temperatures, they have already started scattering. The variety I found in the city was only pink on the outside, toward the base of the petal.
Whenever I enter a city, new or familiar, I stay away from the tourist attractions. I can't say whether it's the sensationalism or the feeling as if it's been done before, but I always seem to enjoy myself more in finding my own attractions in a new place.
What I found about Philadelphia is that it's a very brown city. A wonderful brown at that. It's a city that still believes in, and strongly at that, its history. From the low-lying brick homes to the few skyscraping buildings, it carried a very open feeling, something I don't usually associate with cities. The parks there were all in bloom, and the scents on the wind were enough to make me stop in mid-stride.
To say the day was beautiful would be an understatement.
Though my original objective turned out to be time wasted, the rest of the day, and the drive to and from taught me something that I don't think I should share just now. I wish I brought my camera with me to show you all, but I have too often a tendency to travel lightly.
What I will share is this -- my favourite uses of colour were the narrow cobblestone streets where cars can't go, the bold bricks that somehow fit with subtlety into the sides of houses, the wrought iron fencing that was everywhere, the grape jelly I didn't use at lunch, the Cherry Blossom trees, the limestone markers in every cemetery, the Delaware River and all its might, and the sun shining off of the faces of every person I passed by.
Can you find inspiration in what some would consider commonplace?
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