John & Anne Wiley

2011/04/23

Rainy Pitt Day

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,MeriTimes Adventure,People,Random — John @ 05:06

Friday was a lovely gray drizzle day, perfect for exploring Pittsburgh. We had a deluxe tour guided by local history buffs Louise and Suzie that started with a scenic drive to U.Pitt.

7274 U. Pitt

7274 U. Pitt

Since the Heinz chapel across the street was open, we went in for a look at the remarkable stained glass and neo-gothic architecture.

7276 Heinz

7276 Heinz

Back in U.P. we toured many of the national classrooms, each adopted by a nationality that had designed and furnished the interior in the theme of their country. My favorites were the Sweden room because it smelled faintly of reindeer, and the festive Hungarian room that made me feel like doing an ethnic dance. We were lucky to visit on a holiday, because only a few of the rooms had classes in session. The whole campus has the air of Hogwarts mingled with a gothic cathedral, as you can see from this small slice of the columnar common room.

7302 Church of Learning

7302 Church of Learning

Next was lunch at the Frick Museum, followed by a tour of the main house. No photos were allowed inside or I’d treat you to a snap of a massive servant enunciator panel that strongly evokes Upstairs Downstairs. We saw one in the kitchen and another in Mrs. Frick’s bathroom where she could track all comings and goings in the elegant mansion.

7306 Frick Mans

7306 Frick Mans

Then we drove across a bridge and up Mount Washington for this view of the skyline shrouded in mist and rain.

7336 Rainy Pittsburgh Skyline

7336 Rainy Pittsburgh Skyline

It was a grand day with great people, and the perfect way to begin some days without flying. We have no internet, and since I’m posting this from my Droid X phone it’s probably full of typos. Oh well. 🙂

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