Sunday, January 01, 2017

Sunday #30: Hello, 2017

Hello 2017, Lumière & Lens,

Hello, 2017!  I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve.  I'm in Philadelphia and spent it with my family.  ICYMI, check out my resolutions/lifestyle changes for the new year here!  


I started off the first day of 2017 by meeting up with my friend Mark who I hadn't seen in about four years!  We'd spent a lengthy amount of time catching up on video chat yesterday and it turned out we both had time for lunch today.  We grabbed food at Applebee's and had a wander around the mall before sitting down for coffee (how very Philly of us)!  It was really good to see him after so long and to pick up as if we'd only seen each other recently.  I think the most wonderful of friendships are like this.  Tomorrow, I am going to Eastern State Penitentiary with my friend Chris, who I also haven't seen in years.  I can't wait!


I had a few free hours last Friday while my family was working.  I made the trek via public transportation into Center City since no visit to Philly is complete without at least one trip there.  I stopped by City Hall which seems to have been cleaned up a bit since I lived here a few years ago.  I think the architecture and sculptures are quite intricate. 

City Hall, Center City Philadelphia,  Market Street
City Hall on Market Street.

I've been pretty inspired by Julia's adventures in Philadelphia and wanted to explore some of the sites I'd neglected when I lived here.  After City Hall, I decided to walk to the historic parts of Philadelphia in Old City.  Since I was being thrifty, I went to the free historic landmarks that didn't have lines.  I took a stroll inside Carpenters' Hall and a visit to Christ Church (where Betsy Ross, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington have worshiped).  These buildings are older than our country!  While I was exploring outside, it started to snow and I was pretty chuffed since I've not experienced it in four years!

Carpenters' Hall, Philadelphia, Old City
Carpenters' Hall. Christ Church, Philadelphia
Christ Church.

I'm keeping it short and sweet this Sunday.  I've mostly been relaxing because I'm on holiday.  It's back to work for me again in a few days!  After the Midwest/East Coast cold, the California nights are going feel very warm again. 

I want to wish all who read Lumière & Lens a Happy New Year!  What did you get up to over New Year's Eve and the weekend?


  1. This is a gorgeous post. I've never ventured beyond the south and west of the country, but I'm so fascinated with the Philadelphia area. There's so much history!

    Happy new year! Enjoy your holiday!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  2. aaahhh the architecture porn in philly! everything is looking gorgeous. definitely would love to go there! enjoy your holiday, you gorgeous person. your self portrait above is so pretty i'm so blessedt <3

  3. Philadelphia has such beautiful architecture! I also agree with you that the best of friends are the ones that stick around despite infrequent communication.

    Happy New Year, Alyse!


  4. I have never been here but the place looks amazing, I have to visit! Happy 2017!

    My Vogue Style |

  5. Wishing you the happiest 2017 <3

  6. That architecture tho! Happy New Year by the way. Philadelphia has such a beautiful architecture as I can see from these photos, simply lovely.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  7. Getting back to work is always tough, but it looks like you spent a great time wandering around Philly! I can never decide if I fully like Philly or if I'm not the biggest fan; I think the majority of the reasons I don't like it are somewhat related to the NYC vs. Philly rivalry between my friends. The architecture always does make me swoon though.

    Currently jealous of your California weather; that's where I was for the holidays so it looks like we switched places, ha! Happy New Year!! :)


  8. The architecture looks stunning, I'd love to visit Philadelphia one day. My weekend was rather boring, I got exams next week so my life currently consists of studying and Netflix haha xx

  9. Fantastic post. The photos you have photographed and selected for the post are gorgeous.

  10. Nice to hear you had a good time with your friends, don't you wish you have all the time in the world just to talk and enjoy your time with them ;) By the way, I love how effortless you make all these photos turned to be, when in fact they're so well composed!

    Selene Addicted

  11. These are some amazing photos! Philadelphia looks like so much fun to explore. Happy new year, by the way! :)

  12. Lovely self portrait Alyse :D It's always nice to explore familiar places and find hidden gems that you hadn't noticed before! The architecture of that City Hall building looks amazing! The different colors sort of remind me of a three tiered cake :P

  13. I have been gushing over your Philly pictures on instagram. You kind of put it up my radar now. It's so nice to re-visit places 'from your own past' and explore new areas still. Happy New Year!! (am I still allowed to say that a week after?)

  14. Philly looks beautiful! It's not the kind of architecture I think of when I think of places in the US to be honest!

  15. I'm so glad my adventures have inspired you!! :) Your photos are beautiful! Let me know the next time you're in Philly and hopefully our schedules will match up this time!

  16. Beautiful photography! Love the architecture and that portrait of you is so pretty :) I love having those friends who even if you don't see them as often as you'd like, it seems like no time has passed when you do :)