Biddle’s Escape

Months ago someone told us to try a place for coffee and breakfast called Biddle’s Escape. Of course, it is on Biddle Street in Regent Square and for months we would walk by it and not go in because we usually do not carry cash or credit cards on our exercise walks. Today I took a $20 and we went in and had a great breakfast sandwich and coffee.

You would know it is a different sort of place even if you could not see the weirdness. People sing at you rather than talk to you but the place is a feast for the eyes. Not only that but they have so many different sort of coffees and teas it is tough to make a choice. The food choices are limited but quite good and reasonably priced. Definitely worth the trip.

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Biddles Escape

Biddles Escape

Mellon Park

When I lived in Pittsburgh back in the day, I never hung out at Mellon Park. Frick Park and Schenley Park were are parks of choice. Both had lots of great places for walking dogs and throwing frisbees. Since returning though we have discovered Mellon Park which borders Fifth Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard. It is a lot smaller than the other two parks but has nice paths for walking, beautiful gardens and outdoor sculptures and this lovely fountain where you can contemplate your place in this world.

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The Fountain at Mellon Park

The Fountain at Mellon Park

Lunchtime Serenade

There are many good reasons for wishing Summer lasted all years. Comfortable weather, fresh produce at community markets and beautiful gardens are just a few of summer’s benefits. I also love the plethora of street musicians that pop up in parks, squares and sporting events. Some are great and some are not so good. This guy serenading the lunchtime crowd at Market Square was quite good though. I wonder where he goes in the winter?

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Lunchtime Serenade

Lunchtime Serenade

A Windmill in Paris

The Moulin de la Galette is a windmill and restaurant situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris. It has been there since the 17th Century and at its base is the Le Moulin de la Galette which was the “hangout” of famous artists such as Renoir, van Gogh, and Pissarro. Le Moulin is still there and this shop keeper is opening his store in the early morning in Montmartre.

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A Windmill in Paris

A Windmill in Paris

Dogs I have Known–The Bandit

Bandit was one of the few dogs that really could give our dog Shadow a good work out. He is was a beautiful Husky rescue that would play with Shadow until they were both exhausted laying on the ground rolling in the dirt. He looks vicious here but all the times they wrestled with each other neither dog was ever hurt.

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The Bandit

The Bandit

Summer Garden at Carnegie Music Hall

A beautiful summer garden in full bloom outside the Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I used to be an usher at The Music Hall and remember sneaking into the Museum at night. There was some sort of excitement to see the giant dinosaurs in the dim night light and staying one step ahead of the roving guards.

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Carnegie Music Hall

Carnegie Music Hall

A-A-Ron

I love the Pittsburgh Steelers and I have been one of the fans that have been able to forgive Ben Rothlisberger and embrace him as our quarterback. Big Ben is a great team leader and statistically is every bit as good as Aaron Rodgers. However, nobody “looks” better than Aaron Rodgers throwing a football. He is the Jerry West of the NFL and his silhouette could be the logo for the NFL in the same way that West is for the NBA. This picture was taken at Heinz Field during a pre-season game last Sunday.

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A-A-Ron

A-A-Ron