Voici notre nouvelle adresse, sur la rivière Delaware, à coté du centre de Philadelphie, entourée de batiments, protegée des foules, mais pas du bruit urbain. A notre gauche, le pont Benjamin Franklin transporte voitures, camions, trains et vélos. Des hélicopteres passent régulierement, sans compter les bateaux sur la rivière. Nous montons et descendons au fil des marées et la rivière nous apporte végétation et malheureusement, un peu de déchets. Nous partageons la marine avec deux douzaines de bateaux en tout genre, et quelques voisins. En somme, on y est plutot bien.
You do not forget that you are in a large city here, as you can in some parts of London's waterways. There are a few ducks and geese, but not much nature. We can walk to every part of the city centre, or the public transport pretty easily. The marina holds the urban roar at a bit of a distance, but we are dominated by the bridge, with its cars and trains, and regular helicopter flights. The river outside is busy, but we barely notice it. There is a definite 'urban grunge' feel to the place, which is what I have always liked best about Philadelphia, so I am happy.
The river is tidal, so we and the wooden walkways to which we are moored keep going up and down, but we barely notice, except at very low tides when we can be sitting in watery sludge. The river brings a lot of driftwood into the marina, and unfortunately some pollution. Yesterday evening, our neighbor tried to flush some out by pouring water into the marina, and amazingly it seems to have worked a bit.