Touristy Weekend

My weekend as a typical Pittsburgh tourist has come to an end. I’ve said goodbye to mom and bro and uploaded the necessary pictures to Facebook. Now to recap all the excitement! We had a great first night at South Side Works, where Cheesecake Factory adventures ensued (see previous post). We started Friday off with a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

Fall is arriving at the Zoo!

My favorite friend at the Zoo

I liked that the zoo and aquarium were a package deal for a pretty fair $13 admission. The member rates are great, and if I came often or had a family to bring, I would definitely become a member. This wasn’t the most amazing zoo I’ve seen, but definitely a nice outing with very comfortable weather (60’s, mostly cloudy…we like it chilly).

Next stop was a visit to the new Pittsburgh Public Market. Friday was actually the grand opening day so it was that much more special. You know I love food, so I was happy to peruse the foodie vendors and others!

Food demo by the head chef of Seviche restaurant

Flavored oils & vinegars

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All the vendors had something wonderful to offer, but it was a little sparse in the warehouse. They are still building up and growing, so I’m excited to see what else will be joining the year-round market.
Food adventures included pierogies (they’re everywhere!) and a classic Primanti Bros. sandwich (cheese, fries, slaw, lettuce, tomato):

Potato & cheese with grilled onions!

Larger than life sandwich!

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On Saturday, we took a Ducky Tour of the city! Sound like deja vu? Yeah, I took this same tour a couple weeks ago via a work event…but all was good, because it was nice to see the city from the duck boat once again.

Quack, Quack, Quack!

We also took a ride up one of the two inclines in Pittsburgh, actually one of the oldest in the U.S., the Monongahela funicular:

 

View from Mt.Washington at the top of the Monongahela incline. I'm drawn to cities with bridges...

More recap to come on another post! Time to enjoy the last bit of my 4-day weekend…

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