October 5, 2010


My oldest daughter is a competitive Irish Dancer and this past year we have had the chance to travel all over the southern region of the USA for competitions. We love the travel (especially when we go by car), we love the adventure of meeting a new city, and OF COURSE we love to try new restaurants.

This past weekend we had the opportunity to visit Pittsburgh and I have to say, I LOVED it. From the moment we left our home, until the moment we left the city, we found this trip to be full of good surprises!

If you love architecture, you will love this city. Interesting building, bridges, and churches make Pittsburgh Architecture worth the trip. The neighborhoods and homes were so charming and filled to the brim with cute restaurants and individually owned store fronts. The city is a leader in revitalization when it comes to cleaning up environmental damage and they have made great strides in turning around their water landscape.

Highlights of our trip:

  • Lunch with my best friends parents at their lovely home
  • Dinner at Point Brugge, a Belgium restaurant serving the most delicious mussels and frittes.
  • Ice Cream at Klavons, a yesteryear joint filled with penny candy and retro decor.
  • Parking at the Duquesne Incline and seeing a birds-eye view of the city.
  • Celebrating the competition with good friends.
  • Gaby winning her competition!

Some of my favorite pictures using my daughter’s point and shoot Canon SD780 in Pittsburgh:


Down home friends and what they say...

Comments (1)

Valerie said:

Hi Shawn.

I hope you are doing well. I so enjoyed reading about your trip to Pittsburgh. I almost grew up in that steel town…at the last minute my father declined a job offer and accepted one in St. Louis, instead. Amazing how one different life choice can alter so many other lives!

BTW, I just wanted to let you know that i linked your blog to mine today. I created a new blog on WordPress and joined a blog party on “making your home a haven.” As I am having camera issues, I decided to do my post today on bloggers who definitely create havens for their families. You immediately came to mind. Hope you don’t mind some additional traffic to your blog!

Take care now,

P.S. Your daughter looks beautiful in her Irish Dancing costume.

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