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A Visit to Pittsburgh, PA
A Visit to Pittsburgh, PA
Traveling is one of the great pleasures in my life with a road trip being the undeniably best way to see the United States in all of it's diverse beauty.
Here's a look at a trip back to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where we lived for three years. Pennsylvania is a beautiful state and Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with friendly people.
There are a few photographs and notes to share with you so read on...
This photo courtesy of katinalynn
This is my favorite picture. This view from the top of Mount Washington is just remarkable and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to capture it. The Duquesne Incline is a cable-type car that ferries people up and down from Mt. Washington dozens of times a day since 1877. It connects the residents and businesses of the Duquesne Heights and Mount Washington. It's also a museum.
If you look closely at the photo you can see the many bridges that span the rivers. The city itself is referred to as the Golden Triangle because it's the bit of land between the Allegheny and the Monongahela Rivers and it's where the Ohio River starts. There are more bridges in Pittsburgh than there are in Venice, Italy.
The top photo is the Duquesne Incline museum. It's also where you enter to purchase a ticket to ride the Incline. If you were down at the bottom in Duquesne Heights the second picture is what you would see when the Incline begins its descent.
Pittsburgh was settled in the 1760's and was originally called the Manor of Pittsburgh. The land was purchased from the Allegheny Indians as part of a treaty.
I took a lot of photographs while Jack was driving. This photo of the old courthouse? I took it through the roof window!
The courthouse is a beautiful building that encompasses two city blocks. It was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and was built in the 1880's.
In the 1930s five beautiful murals were painted on the walls of the upper level lobby. They were commissioned as a way to instill a love of art in the citizens of Pittsburgh.
The Bridge of Sighs is a bridge that was used to transport prisoners from the courthouse to jail. It was patterned after the original Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy.
It's one of more than 700 bridges within the city limits of Pittsburgh!
Pittsburg is "The City of Bridges".
My Thoughts About Pittsburgh
All of Pennsylvania is beautiful but I am especially fond of the Pittsburgh area. It's close to Washington D.C. - I think about a four hour drive. It's close to West Virginia which has spectacular scenery. It's close to Lake Erie and the state of New York.
Below you will find links to some of the wondeful places to visit if you ever are in Pennsylvania...they're near Pittsburgh, mostly.
There's Falling Water which was Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece. The Phipp's Botanical Gardens are not to be missed and if you have a chance, hunt up many of the wonderful wineries in the area. You will also want to visit the Andy Warhol Museum.
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
A lovely conservatory with beautiful gardens, wonderful art and many events for every season.
- Fallingwater | Visit
Quote from the website "...Nothing you have read or learned about Fallingwater can compare to the experience of visiting in person. The Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, nestled within the lush, wooded Bear Run Nature Reserve, is a timeless monument t
- Pennsylvania Wine & Wineries
Quote from the website The savory world of Pennsylvania wines is now at your fingertips! To help you get a better taste of more than 100 wineries throughout the state, the Pennsylvania Winery Association has added a few new features to this site.
- The Warhol
"...Andy Warhol Self Portrait 1986 - Yellow The warhol: More Than a Museum The Andy Warhol Museum is a vital forum in which diverse audiences of artists, scholars and the general public are galvanized through creative interaction..."
If you go... - ...you'll need a guide
There are so many places to go and things to see, you'll want an easy guide to follow.
Product Descriptionn from Amazon:
With this comprehensive and authoritative guide, you can take an architectural walking tour of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, discover an array of cultural and entertainment amenities, and enjoy almost any kind of food, thanks to Pittsburgh's diverse ethnic population. Includes an in-depth chapter on Western Pennsylvania's many colleges and universities.
Professional Sports in Pittsburgh
We didn't attend any professional sports games while we were visiting. When we lived in Pittsburgh we did see the Penguins play hockey.
I couldn't write about visiting Pittsburgh without mentioning their world famous sports teams, now could I? I think not.
There's football with the Steelers
Photo courtesy of RMTip21
There's baseball with the Pirates
Photo courtesy of daveynin
There's Hockey with the Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are passionate about their team!
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