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[South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 3, 2011]

Linda and I had a 4-day weekend in Philadelphia last week, and we enjoyed it very much. We were there for the annual meeting of the English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESUUS).

The ESUUS is not an “English first” lobby. The ESUUS is a venerable organization that focuses on education, scholarship, and global understanding through English. It might surprise you that over 300 million Chinese speak English. So, you can readily understand why English is so vital to the international community.

When this picture was taken, we were on our way to a dinner at the Franklin Institute.

Behind me is City Hall, with its iconic statue of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, looking down on Philadelphia from high above. During my childhood, I lived in the Philadelphia suburbs two different times, and I vividly remember standing on the platform that surrounds the base of the statue during a 5th grade field trip (1958). That is no longer permitted.

The “LOVE” sculpture is on the other side of City Hall and to the left, in one of Philadelphia’s many public parks. You could say the sculpture is “pop art,” the kind of art made famous in the 60s and 70s by Andy Warhol, Peter Max, and many others.

Philadelphia is a natural location for the sculpture, as it complements William Penn’s declaration, made more than three hundred years ago, that Philadelphia is the “City of Brotherly Love.”

The great W. C. Fields, himself, said that, “on the whole," he’d "rather be in Philadelphia.”

You decide!

As always, thanks for stopping by! I’m in Pittsburgh for a few days, but I hope to start catching up with your photos soon.

***THANK YOU FRANK SUMMERS for the twin nominations!***

***THANK YOU LESLIE "PRESLEY" for the spotlight!***

50 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (11 Oct 2011):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    This is great!! Haven't been to Philly in over 25 years! BTW...this handsome guy looks a lot like that little fellow about to go over the edge at the Grand Canyon!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Hello ! Wonderful image, must be another great city to visit, interesting info, :-)

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Fantastic pic cousin!!! Hope you all are having the grandest time!!!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Hope you had a Philly cheese steak!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (11 Oct 2011):

    As always we find gifts of good pills, your travel planner reports are always a pleasure to read.
    Unusually this time the view behind you is a big city, not dusty or breathtaking views of pristine nature that we are so accustomed to admire. Even your so serious dark suit, and anything but sports is not what we usually see. But your image joined to the word "LOVE" could not be more beautiful, is what you always express your incomparable smile. Welcome back Dick

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    love the cool sign!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (11 Oct 2011):

    Thank you for sharing your 'LOVE' dear Richard. Amazing Town Hall behind you......glad you got the chance, when little, of saying HIgh to the city's founder. ;)

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    It looks like a beautiful city...Great informative narrative and collage,

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    you definitely looks like brotherly handsome and younger! Must be the suit or the smile. =). Or it must be your dinner date with Linda.....

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (11 Oct 2011):

    Thanks everyone for such nice comments. LOL @ what Litz said. No doubt about it: I am 63. Those unfiltered Pall Malls kept me "young" for a long time!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Hopefully you were able to get a steak sandwich at Pat's Steak House, always great food in Philly!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Love is all we really need! And you've captured it wonderfully. Love the details accompanying the photo too! Time's getting close. I can't wait.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    :) Good to see you!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    I have visited the city in 2007. I remember a lot of buildings from downtown being under construction.Steel impressed by the beautiful architecture details of some!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Shame! I'm only ten miles from Philly, could have introduced you to Chubby, Frankie and Fabian!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Looking very spiffy, Richard.. and what a background! A dear friend of mine had the good fortune to live in Philly for over fifteen years, and absolutely loved it!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Enjoy the visit for those of us stuck in the deep south....

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    hea meeleolu-hästi tehtud

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Fantastic as always Dick!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Looks like a fabulous place to spend a 4-day weekend!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    Great photo, Dick! I love the inset of the LOVE word and the POV with City Hall behind you. Also enjoyed your explanation of the ESUUS. Ed & I have Philadelphia on our 'some day' list to visit there. Besides enjoying visiting the city we have a niece and her family that live there that we would love to spend some time with.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    I love seeing so much of this great country thru your eyes!! Have a safe trip and see you in a few weeks.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (12 Oct 2011):

    You sure are a gifted tour guide and historian, my friend. Another great collage. I was born in Philly, but moved from there when I was just a baby.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (13 Oct 2011):

    This is great Richard!

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (13 Oct 2011):

    I will fly via Philadelphia next week, but surely will see not this beautyful picture: nice collage Riccardo!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (13 Oct 2011):

    great history lesson Richard................... you look all dapper Dan standing there in front of your camera.....never been to Philly , BUTTTT i will one day.... hugs to you . I know you are having a great time.....great collage....

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Looks like a great City, Dick. Even better photo of you mate, thanks once again for the interesting narrative ☺

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Love city, I have not been there since a family road trip in the early sixties. Hope to get back there soon...Love the sculpture!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Great,my vote!!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Great capture..lived in Phila. for College too many years ago! Nice!!!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (14 Oct 2011):

    Very lovely photos from Philly, Richard, and I might add that you look marvelous, my friend!! Wonderful narrative too. I love Philadelphia and the beautiful surrounding countryside. It is such a wonderful city which is filled with history from an earlier day in America. Thank you so much for posting this fantastic collage from one of our greatests cities!!! I have wondered where you've been the past few days. :)

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    As usual, wonderful photographs and great narrative. That is a spiffy tie Sir Knight...

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    Your looking good love the shots I enjoyed my day trips there but would like to see more of it

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    An appropriate photo in the "city of brotherly love"! Good one, Dick!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (16 Oct 2011):

    Is lovely to look at your smile!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (16 Oct 2011):

    Excellent travel graphic.

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    Love that city ... so great image

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (17 Oct 2011):

    wow, how cool! great shot!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (18 Oct 2011):

    A great shot and essay! I like the feeling of history there. The city hall is such a beautiful building!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (18 Oct 2011):

    Thanks for sharing all of the pics of your travels, they are fun to look at and very informative! Nice shot of you..

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (18 Oct 2011):

    As you know Dick I am from Philly and I worked in downtown at The Gimbles Bank for 3 yrs..Not too many people even knew Gimbles had a bank !!! I took the C bus and it took me about 45 min. on the bus to get to work...I passed the spot your standing on many times,would you believe for a 40 week I received the grand total of $35.00..Thanks for the memory Dick as bittersweet as it is.Say hello to Linda and as usual Good Work !!!!!!!!!!!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (20 Oct 2011):

    Hey! Say hi to Brent while you're there!!!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (22 Oct 2011):

    Beautiful portrait here! Nice work.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (23 Oct 2011):

    WoW!! Great!!

  • Jim Thomas

    Jim Thomas gave props (11 Nov 2011):

    The Franklin Institute is one of my favorite places in the world! Hope you had a good dinner there. (They have food too??)

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (17 Nov 2011):

    You are on the Mummers parade route!
    Fun memories for me too. I remeber the Franklin Institute on school trips.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (20 Nov 2011):

    Terrific, Richard.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    I am so happy to see you in this picture and sharing love with us all our JPG friends!!! Great shot my dear Sir Richard!!! No word to express my love to you....

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (25 Nov 2011):

    An outstanding image and narrative, Dick!

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