About Stephen C
Lives in Arlington, Virginia
Since Aug 2007
The Washington D.C. Metro area has been my home for the last three years. I am originally from the UK but now live in the U.S. with my wife and daughter. I love to travel and am always keen to get up close to new cultures and foods. Only local knowledge can unlock those truly special travel experiences.
Architectural Buildings, Neighborhoods
Historic Sites, Parks, Architectural Buildings, Gardens
History Museums, Specialty Museums
Specialty Museums, Science Museums
You'll find an interior gallery space and an outdoor labyrinth of mosaics and artwork at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. Local artist Isaiah Zagar began constructing the space out of discarded items in the 1960s. He didn't own the land at the time, but an outpouring of community support led to the creation of a non-profit organization and the opportunity to purchase and maintain the space. You can find a large body of Zagar's work distributed throughout the South Street corridor.
This house was leased by American author Edgar Allan Poe for a brief period in 1843. Outside, there is a statue of a large raven, representing one of his most famous poems, 'The Raven' (not written here). Though Poe lived in several homes in Philadelphia, this is the only one that survives.
Walk, run, jog, or bike along Kelly Drive and you'll pass through Boathouse Row, a collection of social and rowing clubs with a long history. This is a popular spot among locals for exercising and getting out in the fresh air.
This is a former American prison, operational from 1829 to 1971. Notable inmates were Willie Sutton and Al Capone. The structure was built with the Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals, and its wagon-wheel design inspired a number of other prisons.
Originally established as a Japanese-style landscape for the 1876 Centennial Exposition, this garden is a wonderful center of peace and tranquility in Fairmount Park.
Wander around an actual ship and submarine at the Independence Seaport Museum — dedicated to the maritime history of the Philadelphia region.
The collection you will see at this medical history museum was originally gathered for the purpose of biomedical research and education. Abnormal body parts preserved in fluid and the tallest skeleton on display in North America are just a few of the items on display. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia continues to add to the collection.