One of my favorite things about living in Northern Virginia (and on the East Coast side of America in general) is that I’m centrally located between alot of different major cities.
D.C. is less than a 25 minute drive away.
Baltimore is 1 hour.
Richmond is 2 hours.
Philadelphia is 2 1/2 hours.
and NYC a 4 hour drive. 5 hours if there’s traffic, which there usually is.
As a result, it’s pretty convenient to go on a quick day-trip and be back home the same day should I choose to visit any of these cities.
Case in point: When Charles and I drove up to Philadelphia to visit our friends, Kiara and Samir for the Memorial holiday weekend. We left our place at around 10:30am and arrived at theirs around 1pm.
After catching up and hanging around the grill while Samir cooked up some hot dogs, burgers and kabobs, we all hopped into Kiara’s car and headed downtown for a quick visit to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to snap a few photos in honor of her 27th birthday.
We lucked out and found a parking spot one block away from the bridge’s pedestrian entrance. Love it when that happens.
Kiara and I had hoped for clear skies and a colorful sunset for her photo session but Mother Nature had other plans. Storm clouds rolled through and it started to drizzle as we approached the walkway’s entrance. Despite the weather, we went on with the photo shoot and I must say, I’m so glad we did. There was something so exciting about shooting out in the elements.
Kiara was such a trooper in the rain and took direction from me for her poses really well. Also, I have to give a big shout out to both Samir and Charles who we made responsible for holding our umbrellas and purses and everything else in between.
Below are a few of my favorite photos from our session.
^^ I made Samir jump into a few of the shots :)
45 minutes later, the wind and rain picked up making my camera lens super splotchy with water so we called it quits and made our way back to the car.
If you’re ever in Philadelphia, I highly recommend taking a walk along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge’s pedestrian path for what I think is the best view of the Philly skyline. Did I mention that access to this view is also FREE?
Hopefully next time we’re in City of Brotherly Love, the weather will be in better mood because I’ve heard that watching the sunset over the city from the bridge is breathtaking. Until then…
^^ Charles and I rarely get pictures together when we travel. Mostly selfies but not many full scale photos of us as a couple because I have a slight paranoia of giving my camera to a random stranger to take our picture and having them run off with it. As such, it was a treat to hand my camera to Kiara and have her snap this shot. Definitely gonna frame this one. Thanks Kiki!
Where do you like to go for best view of your city or town?
(linking up with wanderful wednesday)