a journey to philadelphia and washington d.c.

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August 9, 2014: Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited residential street in the United States.

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August 10, 2014: A barber’s chair in one of Eastern State Penitentiary’s abandoned cells.

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August 10, 2014: The City Hall clock tower stands above downtown Philadelphia.

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August 10, 2014: A statue of Rocky Balboa stands near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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August 11, 2014: A National Park Service Ranger stands guard near the Liberty Bell.

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August 11, 2014: A statue of George Washington stands in front of Independence Hall.

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August 11, 2014: A lunch counter at DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef in Reading Terminal Market.

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August 11, 2014: A sculpture decorates the front of a brownstone in downtown Philadelphia.

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August 12, 2014: A sentinel guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia.

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August 12, 2014: Grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

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August 13, 2014: Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington D.C.

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August 13, 2014: A poorly written headline is displayed in the Newseum’s men’s room.

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August 13, 2014: Marine One flies past the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol.

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August 13, 2014: The Washington Monument is reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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August 14, 2014: The front gate of the White House in Washington D.C.

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August 14, 2014: The south facade of the White House in Washington D.C.

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August 14, 2014: The Space Shuttle Discovery in the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

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August 14, 2014: The Lincoln Memorial at dusk in Washington D.C.

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August 14, 2014: The moon rises behind the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

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August 15, 2014: A cannon on the battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Recently, Patty and I took a vacation to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. We spent four days in the City of Brotherly Love visiting Patty’s best friend and four days in our Nation’s Capital.

While in Philly, we walked down Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited residential street in the United States dating to 1702. We toured the haunted halls of Eastern State Penitentiary, one of America’s first prisons, that was erected in 1829. We ran the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Sylvester Stallone in his 1976 film, Rocky, and then posed for photos next to the fighter’s statue.

We saw the Liberty Bell and stood in the footsteps of George Washington and Ben Franklin at Independence Hall where they adopted the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. We rented a car and drove through Lancaster County, stopping at the Eastland Alpacas farm in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania before arriving in Washington D.C. We honored the fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery and watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We visited the Newseum and studied the history of journalism. We also went to the White House, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

One of our biggest thrills was gliding around the National Mall on Segways. We stopped at all the landmarks including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National World War II Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans and the Korean War Veterans Memorials.

We drove to Gettysburg National Military Park on our way back to Philly and stood on the Civil War battlefield where more than 7,000 Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives. We ate amazing meals at Wedge + Fig, Reading Terminal Market, Village Whiskey, Jones, Miles Table, Bube’s Brewery, Capital City Brewing Company, Dobbin House Tavern, and The City Tavern.

I challenged myself to make unique images, such as composing shots in a square format or focusing on specific details, so my work might look different from the other tourists’ photos.

-scott weaver

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