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Pittsburgh was a total upbeat experience, from beginning to end. Thank you for all the advice given before- as so much of it was thoroughly used.

5 days of total fun and activity time! Mostly outside under the sky and all of it positive.

We could have brought out our brooms, but the folks at PNC were so nice and such fun- PURE fun- that we asked them to remove their paperbag heads with frowns- and were actually rooting for the Pirates during a 9th inning rally ONCE. Believe me, I never thought that would have been a possibility.

This will be a trip report. I could make it long, because we had such numerous adventures on all sides of the rivers- but I'll try to just hit the highlights.

It was HOT. It was occasionally stormy. But we had something GOING- because everytime we had a game or some out in the open stretch- it seemed to hold off. One time actually, the downpour came within minutes of my accepting a huge shared plate of crab- 3 ways and 3 tyypes accompanied by a Blue Moon. Nice to watch it while eating a feast- rather than getting soaked within the previous multi mile walk.

5 days- Midway/Chicago to Pittsburgh Int. and back. Perfect and easy flights. Coming back it was with 10 teachers going to China, and 28 family members going to a reunion cruise out of Seattle. Party atmosphere reigned. The cockatiel did great at the bird hotel- we picked him up on the way home from the airport.

Sheraton Station Square was a no identity first type bid on a Hotwire. I won't tell you what I paid because it is just unbelieveable. It was less than a 1/3rd of the $216 o $269 rack rate. FABULOUS service during our entire stay at every level we used in this place. The Gateway Clipper water taxi to PNC was beyond heaven and a mere block from the hotel's back door-down a ramp.. Pittsburgh crowds are not like our definition of crowds, btw. Not in numbers, nor within the usual line behaviors etc. MANNERS AND CLEANLINESS! It was an alterative world, compared to the city I'm accustomed to experiencing.

My SO was repeatedly flummoxed by the use of streets or restaurant outside areas for formal parties (wedding, business meeting etc.) without restricting "outside" crowd access etc. NEVER< NEVER<NEVER would work at home. "On your honor" drink bars etc.
We thought we were in Never-Never land. I was never given so much free stuff for showing up somewhere. Stuff I didn't even want, and gave away. LOL!

My Dad is now the proud owner of Pirates and Rivers T-shirts, for example.

The Sheraton Station Square hotel also provided free shuttles to the Strip area of Pittsburgh and to the new Rivers Casino area. So between that and the bus system we went to all the places we had planned and more with the least cost and effort that I have ever experienced during a city baseball trip. And the rides home, the pick-ups- were always fast and just plain pleasant. NO hassles.

We got the 14th floor (only 15 in the building) with a FABULOUS view of 2 rivers, the point, Heinz Field, downtown Pittsburgh (I am in love with the shape of that "castle topped" scrapper- PPG or PGG???)and also of Mt. Washington/incline/ churches on top etc. That was the true surprise. Never even asked for it.

We saw the National Aviary and SO got to feed the Lorikeets with Nectar placed on his arms- covered with birds. LOL! Went to the Andy Warhol -and got him some culture under duress.

More about the food and the PNC experience when I return. And also the big news on tv when we were there, as well. Did you hear? One of the Pierogi's from the Pierogi Race got fired!

Lovely little city that could come back after industry imploded! SO says it is the only city he has ever visited that he could picture himself living WITHIN the city. (And that IS a great number of cities- not just American ones, either that he has had to traipse through, and not just for me either.) I think that option of SO living in a city, is even a stretch, but that does say something about both Pittsburgh essence and its topography. Both.

Go White Sox! I'm not going to say how many wins in a row now. It's a jinx. But suffice it to say, that I haven't taken my Sox earrings off for over 2 weeks now.

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