Even though I was born 60 miles west of Philadelphia, I consider the City of Brotherly Love my home town. After all, I lived in its suburbs, maybe 8 miles from Center City, from ages 5 to 22. I still root for all the Philly teams over anyone else. But I don't get there often anymore.
So it was a treat when we visited Philadelphia this past weekend for three days. I got to do a lot, and will share some photos of some of the many things I did. I did some walking but was so busy with activities and some visiting that walking took a back seat. Philly has way too many things going on to even scratch the surface, so I think another visit to my home town is in order soon. So what did I do? Check it out.
Here is the view from our room in the Sheraton, with the Cathedral of Peter and Paul in the foreground, the fountain at Logan Circle in the middle, and the Franklin Institute just beyond that.
here. I miss her so.
Villanova Wildcats on the gridiron. Being there brought back some great memories. For one thing, I played one year in the Philadelphia Eagles marching band, The Sound of Brass, and at that time, all of the Eagle's home games were at Franklin Field. For another, my step-father Stuart was a proud alumnus of the Red and the Blue of Penn, and we got together a number of times over the years to catch a game there. Me being a Villanova grad, I had to pull for my team, but I did the cheer for the Red and the Blue at the close of halftime since Stuart could not be there.
After the game, as a huge thunderstorm rolled in, we walked a bit across town to meet my old college friend Barb for dinner and a beer. She lives next to the Art Museum. It had been years since we saw each other, so that was another nice treat from the visit.
This morning, I had time for a short walk. I said "good morning" to William Penn (or "Billy Penn" as Philadelphians call him) from his perch high up on City Hall. I wonder what Penn would think of "the City of Brotherly Love" and of "Penn's Woods" if he could see them now?
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