#travelwithgdp Fact: Rodin’s breakout sculpture, The Age of Bronze caused a critical scandal for its extreme naturalism and ambiguous subject matter. Fashioned over a period of eighteen months and based on a live model, the sculpture depicts a suspended moment of human awakening, either to suffering or to joy.
#travelwithgdp Fact: The Golden Gate Bridge is the second-most used suicide site/suicide bridge in the world, after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. After years of debate and an estimated more than 1,500 deaths, suicide barriers, consisting of a stainless steel net extending 20 feet from the bridge and supported by structural steel 20 feet under the […]
#travelwithgdp Fact: The Conservatory of Flowers was placed on the 1996 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund. The Fund aimed to encourage repair rather replacement of the original fabric, and provided funding from financial services company American Express.
#travelwithgdp Fact: The Golden State is the official state nickname which came to be in 1968, representing the discovery of gold in 1848 and the fields of golden poppies seen each spring.
#travelwithgdp Fact: The bronze and granite sculpture features a uniformed George Washington mounted on a horse. Washington and his horse are poised on top of the fountain, facing southeast down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway towards Philadelphia City Hall. The face of the sculpture was made from an impression of the former president made while he was […]
#travelwithgdp Fact: At completion of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, its 1,750-foot (533-meter) span was the world’s longest for a suspension bridge, a distinction it held until the opening of the Ambassador Bridge in 1929.
#travelwithgdp Fact: A cheesesteak is a sandwich made from thinly sliced pieces of beefsteak and melted cheese in a long hoagie roll. A popular regional fast food, it has its roots in the U.S. city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
#travelwithgdp Fact: Screen Junkies named the museum’s stairs the second most famous movie location behind only Grand Central Station in New York.
#travelwithgdp Fact: The area today known as Penn’s Landing stretches along the Delaware River for about 10 blocks from Vine Street to South Street, and encompasses the spot where William Penn, Philadelphia’s founder, first touched ground in his “greene country towne.” After Penn’s arrival, this area quickly became the center of Philly’s maritime soul and the […]
#travelwithgdp Fact: The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Description: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal…” – The park represents the founding ideals of the nation, and preserves national and international symbols of freedom and democracy, […]