I know that I’ve got a lot of Pittsburgh Steeler Fans on my mailing list, and I’ve got a message for you.
I just spent the weekend in your fair city, and I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed myself and how impressed I was with some of the things I saw and learned about your city.
My nephew, a die hard Cleveland Browns fan fell in love with, and decided to marry a wonderful woman from Pittsburgh. Needless to say she is a die hard Steelers fan. They actually live in Boston so it works. He’s from here in the Cleveland area and she is from the Pittsburgh area.
They had an outdoor wedding at the National Aviary http://www.aviary.org/ and then the reception was at the Grand Concourse at Station Square. http://www.stationsquare.com/info/history.cfm I took some time looking around before the wedding at the Aviary and got to look a Bald Eagle right in the eye! Actually there were two of them. After the ceremony they had a live penguin in the receiving line, that too was cool.
The reception at the Grand Concourse was really nice, the food was great, but really got my attention was the building. The restaurant is actually a restored train station and all I can say is; “What a breath taking old building!” That place is so nice and I was told that during World War II they actually painted that arched stained glass ceiling black so the building wouldn’t be selected as a bomb target. Of course today they have painstakingly restored the stained glass and much of the old work work is still in the building. Or should I say almost all of it, along with the ticket windows and numerous benches scattered around the building. I really fell in love with that old place. You Pittsburghites should be really proud of that entire Riverfront area.
We didn’t get to take a cruise on the Gateway Clipper fleet, but many years ago when my brother lived in Bethel Park Pam and I did take a dance cruise that was wonderful. I did ride the ducks with my son Duston and an old friend who came in for the wedding. I learned alot about your city, saw many old historical buildings, and learned that you hold the world record for the number of bridges in a city at 446 bridges certified by the Army Core of Engineers as full traffic weight baring bridges. Amazing! I saw a lot of bridges, crossed the wrong one a number of times, but I have no idea where all 446 of them are.
I also learned that Hostess sells more Ho Hos per year in Pittsburgh than any other city in the country. What’s up with that? Hostess should start a friendly competition between Pittsburgh and Cleveland to crank up the sale of Ho Hos.
Anyway Pittsburgh, thanks for allowing me to experience your city. I really enjoyed my visit. I won’t be posting any photos of my nephew’s wedding, but I promise to post some photos of Kevin and Gracie’s wedding. They are getting married on September 5th.