pittsburgh July 8th, 2013



view from the top of the incline

view from the top of the incline

   

Hello! Some random pics from our trip to Pittsburgh for the 4th of July. What’s with everyone asking why on earth we would go to Pittsburgh?? It was a lovely city, with friendly people, good food, and plenty of places worth checking out. Maybe it is not as glamorous as a lot of other cities that are high on the tourism list, but I still don’t understand the incredulousness of the many people who were confused as to why we could go. I mean, I hate the Steelers and pretty much every Pittsburgh sports franchise, but other than that, it’s a pretty ok place.

   

We stayed at the Parador Inn, this really cute, Carribean-themed BnB in an old, Victorian house from 1870. We had a claw-foot tub in our room and homemade French Toast for breakfast. I know, right, it was awesome. It was a few blocks from Heinz Field, so it was a great location for getting around. No, we were not in town for the Taylor Swift concert, and I am a little bit embarrassed that I got asked that several times while we were there. I mean, I would totally go to a T-Swift concert, but that was not why I was in town.

   

On the 4th, we walked around Point State Park and watched the boat regata that was going on — these crazy little speed boats going incredibly fast (no idea how fast exactly) but they looked like spaceships and that they might flip over at any second and cause a huge catastrophe. The fireworks show that night was great — it went on for at least 30 minutes.

   

On the 5th, we walked around the Strip District and I ate mozarella balls from the Italian store with reckless abandon. Thank goodness we were walking around the rest of the day or I probably would have bought a lot more yummies — tanks of olive oil and pasta sauces and so forth. After that, we went on a bar crawl of sorts, only there were like 4 miles between each place we checked out, so it’s ok. We hit the Beerhive, tried to do Gooskies on Polish Hill but it was closed, so we went to Brew Works in an old church, and then Arsenal where we sampled all the kinds of homemade cider and wine. Bubbly rhubarb drinks for the win! We talked to the owner for a little while, and he told us how he gave up his accounting job three years ago to make cider. I admire.

   

Next we headed to Little Italy/Bloomfield and had dinner at Pleasure Bar, which was one of the more odd places I’ve ever been, but the food was tasty. We started the 6 mile walk home, but luckily managed to score a cab and saved our tired feet. After some rest, we went out again to see some bluegrass band down the street from our BnB. It was my kind of day.

   

On Sunday, we hit up the last few necessary tourist spots before heading home — rode the incline up to see the city from above and then had Primanti Brothers for lunch. I could get used to French Fries on top of everything, for sure.

   


   

We watched fireworks from the platform of the Alleghany T station - surprisingly great view and the added bonus of looking like the fireworks were coming out of the Science Center tube/funnel thing.

We watched fireworks from the platform of the Alleghany T station – surprisingly great view and the added bonus of looking like the fireworks were coming out of the Science Center tube/funnel thing.

   

now that's what I call a salad!!! topped with fries, as it seems everything in Pittsburgh is...

now that’s what I call a salad!!! topped with fries, as it seems everything in Pittsburgh is…

   

Drinking SILLY beer.

Drinking SILLY beer.

   

our Bnb - Parador Inn

our Bnb – Parador Inn

   

RAWR. Dinosaur Matt

RAWR. Dinosaur Matt

   

fountain in Point State Park

fountain in Point State Park

   

cheers!

cheers!

   

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tags: travel, weekend trips


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