of Steel and Bridges | Pittsburgh | 2015

of Steel and Bridges | Pittsburgh | 2015

Timing might not be friendly sometimes.

Run. You might catch it. Passing on, in front your eyes and you can’t even whisper in its ears.

Stop beating. Breath. The sea is full of fish.

So, here it is: How to catch a bus 101 | Run.

First of all, run with someone faster than you or at least with some (vast) experience, since they are faster than you, they will be able to do a sign to the bus driver in order to slow down while you, approaching the busstop, with your tongue between your feet.

Pittsburgh. An industrial city full of bridges, 446 to be exact, is known as both “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, and as the “City of Bridges”.  The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclines, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment.

For me, it’s a vivid Golden Triangle with more bars than people, a Cultural District with a long tradition of jazz, blues, and bluegrass music, with mini Broadways under you feet and the Warhol Museum as a bonus.

The second largest city of Pennsylvania after Philadelphia, has the first almost in everything: first Movie Theater, first Lutheran church, First commercial radio, first, and first, and first.

The getting-there was cover of chaotic clouds serving as obstacles: at 10:05 am lost the bus that costed me 6 hrs layover with nothing else to do than seat in the High Line to recover my breath and my senses.
At that point the city welcome me in pj’s  with a sleepy Bunk waiting up for this naive and illusive foreigner. A warrior opened up her fortress to me with no questions, only with the certainty of a clinch and smile…
Has been a while that I didn’t see enthusiasm, openness, charm, and youth altogether, I almost forget how does it feel like. Unsure if it was a dream, woke up up with some tea and a job to do: keep running.

My visit to Pittsburgh had only one purpose the Fallingwater House. Getting there was a the only thing in my mind, we couldn’t afford being so near and do nothing about it, letting all the obstacle interpose. The crusade was vast, intense; brought a lot of fun along with it. Could not expect less from my adventurous companion. Please, be welcome to travel back to this experience with me here.

The rest of the time in my flash visit added a red spot to the come-back list. A warm, welcoming and friendly city that you can connect even with bridges and seal  with steel; the age doesn’t really matters, the distance is only that line along the river… small, bright, dense… left me with the stay -longer taste in its beers and in its people.

Jog, Andy, Beers and Julie are there ready for another adventure… Timing is friendly most of the time.

 

TIPS & TRIPS: 

Scene (s): Andy Warhol Museum: The Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. The collection includes 900 paintings; approximately 100 sculptures; nearly 2,000 works on paper; more than 1,000 published and unique prints; and 4,000 photographs.
Andy Warhol Bridge: 
also known as the Seventh Street Bridge, spans the Allegheny River in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the only bridge in the United States named for a visual artist.

Trinity Cathedral: is an Episcopal Church in downtown and is the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.The present Gothic church, the third structure to hold the congregation, was completed in 1872 on the site of a hilltop cemetery. The site, centered on a terrace above the historic “point” (where the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River join to form the Ohio River) was sacred to Native Americans as a burial ground. Early settlers also used this site as a cemetery. The congregation built its second church here in 1824. The Trinity Churchyard has the oldest marked graves west of the Atlantic Seaboard, of both Native American leaders, French, English, and American colonists.
Culture District: Located between the Convention Center and Stanwix Street in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, the 14-square block Cultural District encompasses over 90 retail shops, 50 dining establishments, seven world-class theaters, eight public parks and art installations and a dozen art galleries.
Market Square:
the square Outdoor cafes and a New Orleans-inspired restaurants. It’s Pittsburgh’s oldest bar and restaurant, pastries, coffees, boutiques and home accessories.

One PPG Place: is a complex consisting of six buildings within three city blocks and five and a half acres. The complex buildings opened between 1983 and 1984.
Architects: Philip Johnson and John Burgee (post-modernism)
Mount Washington:  is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, it is known for its steep hill overlooking the Pittsburgh skyline, which was rated the most beautiful vista in America by USA Weekend (and the best urban vista).
Period: French Empire 1669–1758 | British Empire 1681–1781 | United States 1776–present

Geography: Pittsburgh, Pensylvania, EE. UU.
Places of interest: Allegheny Cemetery | Carnegie Museum of Art |  Carnegie Museum of Natural History | Water steps | some much more.
Curiosities: Hundreds of major films have been shot partially or wholly in Pittsburgh: Pretty Woman (1990) | My girl (1991) | The Silence of the Lambs (1991) | Only you (1994) | Independence day (1996) | Stigmata (1999) | The Next Three Days (2010) | The Avengers (2012) | The Dark Night Rises (2012).
Photography:  aura faulkner lluberes

 

 

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