Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Finally now, on to the inspiration behind the whole trip to Pittsburgh, a visit to one of the most famous houses by one of the most famous architects, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.  Fallingwater is built into the rock right over a 30 foot waterfall, and is the only major Wright-designed house that is open to the public with all of its furnishings and artwork, intact.  Our friends booked a special in-depth tour months in advance that offers access to secondary spaces not available on the regular tour.

The picture above is what most people expect to see upon arriving at the house, but that spectacular view is actually from further away on the grounds.  The house was built not to face the waterfall but to be part of it.  This is the main entrance:

Some of the rooms on the in-depth tour, which allowed us to take photos.

One pretty spectacular terrace!

The corner windows disappear when opened, and that little opening in the trees is the spot where you get that amazing view of the house over the falls.

There's also a path to a guest house!

It is literally built into the mountain!

The only problem is that now I want to visit to see it in every season!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Andy Warhol Museum

Next thing I didn't know about Pittsburgh: it's the birthplace of pop-art icon Andy Warhol and home to a 7 story museum featuring a huge collection of his work.  Fun fact: it's the largest museum in the North America dedicated to a single artist.  I've been a fan since my college days!

The boys were not as thrilled with the paintings but had fun posing on the famous red couch from The Factory.  They thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Silver Cloud installation, and they couldn't have been more excited about the movie projected on the wall showing a guy wiggling his butt and then doing something around there with a pickle.  Oh, they'll remember that one for a long, long time.

Personally, cow 11 has always been one of my favorites.  I can't even remember how many years I had that poster hanging up in my dorm rooms and apartments, or how long I had a t-shirt with that image before it was worn to shreds.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The City of Bridges

Let's be honest, I knew absolutely nothing about Pittsburgh before our visit, let alone that it was known as the "city of bridges."  It has 446!  I decided a morning run was in order and found a scenic route along the water that had me cross over all 3 rivers - the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio -  and around the fountain in Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers.  Thank you, Map My Run!

We joined our friends later in the morning and walked to brunch at the Grand Concourse, a gorgeous, old, ornate train station.  All the boys thought the all-you-can eat buffet was the best part of the trip!

From the restaurant it was a quick walk to the Monongahela Incline, which is the oldest continuously operating funicular in the United States.  For just $2.50 we were treated to awesome views of the city skyline.  Who knew The 'Burgh was such a nice city?!