Friday, July 3, 2009

Hard Rock, Funiculars, and Pittsburgh

After our tour of Fallingwater, we headed back to Pittsburgh to get some dinner and see some of the city. We drove around about and had to ask ourselves if we were really in Pittsburgh or was it San Fransisco; this city is SO hilly! We settled on going to the Hard Rock Cafe and it was delicious!
After dinner, we wanted to go up the funicular (or inclines as they say here) to the top of Mt. Washington to have a more scenic view of the city. Here's a picture at the top of the incline (the Monongahela incline, built in 1870) we rode up:
Here's a photo of the second incline (while riding) so you have an idea of what we're talking about:
Here's another view of downtown Pittsburgh from farther down Mt. Washington, before we rode back down on the Duquesne incline (built in 1877):
Here's a view at the bottom of the Duquesne Incline, back up Mt. Washington:
We had a great evening in downtown, but thought it was funny that there are tons of random pieces of steel items all over the place. They're all obviously from some by-gone era and most seemed like there were random parts from large ships or other structures. But there were no plaques and no real rhyme or reason to their placement. Huh. Maybe they thought it a more artsy way to dispose of scrap? I can only assume it was suppose to subtley remind you that you were in Pittsburgh and the steel industry built this town.
It was a fun day. Tomorrow we'll stop in at IKEA and then who knows... For now, nighty-night.

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