“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what his is, and respect for what he may become.” – Louis Pasteur
Run, Cycle or Walk—The Best Way to Discover New Places was a tribute to the modes of travel that are conducive with discovering new places, or growing appreciation for everyday surroundings. As I rehab this vexing hip injury, I’m discovering new things in the city where I’ve lived my entire life that I missed while even running. What I’m learning is the more you slow down, the more you discover—you observe more cycling than driving, and notice even more when running. When you walk you don’t miss a thing.
This post should be titled Art of Walking, but what the hell. I continue to discover art all around the city I was born and raised, Philadelphia. Manayunk, a neighborhood along the Schyulkill River that dates back to William Penn in 1685, is a former manufacturing and textile center that is now one of the many city’s gentrified neighborhoods. It is an eclectic community where blue-collar families live side-by-side with young professionals with pubs where bus drivers and constructions workers hoist a stout with artists and entrepreneurs.
I walked the Manayunk towpath, part of the Schyulkill River Trail that stretches from center city into Chester County. Come along and see the many colorful murals, works of art and beautiful architecture.