Lunch in The Park Vienna

Vienna reminds me a little of Paris. The Architecture, streets and even the underground are similar. In both cities it is also popular for workers to take their lunches in the many city parks weather permitting.

This young lady was enjoying a quiet moment on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria.

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Lunch in The Park Vienna

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Mayor Dick Caliguiri”s Statue

I recently went by the Court House Downtown and walked by the statue of Pittsburgh”s former Mayor. I had driven by or walked by the statue countless times but never really studied it before. It is truly a great likeness of one of Pittsburgh’s best Mayors.

Caliguiri became mayor in 1977, and was reelected twice. He died in office in 1988. Under Caliguiri’s leadership, Pittsburgh began its second “Renaissance”.

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Mayor Dick Caliguiri

Beautiful Barstow California

Not every place in California is beautiful. However even the Mohave Desert that runs between Pasadena and Las Vegas has some beautiful and unusual spots. Barstow however is not one of them.

It lies about halfway between the two cities and a lot of people stop there for gas, food, and Alien Beef Jerky. It is a town famous for UFO sightings.

Around town you will notice drawings of aliens and strange men drawn on deserted buildings. There are many of them. This is an abandoned gas station on the outskirts of town. In my opinion, it’s best to drive through Barstow and stop at Peggy Sue’s Diner.

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Barstow CA

Summer at The Phipps

Its still not to late to see the Summer Garden at The Phipps Conservatory. In addition to all your summer favorites, there are some less flashy yet interesting plants to see.

I especially like plants that look like other things. This bromeliad looks like a star. And the plant below that almost looks like lace. The Phipps is one of Pittsburgh’s cultural treasures and deserves at least a couple of visits each year.

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Bromeliad

Lace Plant

Allegheny Goatscape at The Waterfront

The other day we decided to walk along the Monongahela River on the trail at the Waterfront in Homestead. We have not been there for a while. We knew that last year they got rid of the feral cat preserve they had along the river. I think insurance had closed that down.

WE were surprised to see goats and and a donkey roaming the trail along the river. They were being used to maintain the vegetation by the river behind Mitchell’s and other restaurants along the river. Improving the view and providing entertainment seemed to be the goals. It definitely made our walk more entertaining.

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Waterfall at The Phipps

If you follow this blog you know that we visit The Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh frequently. Normally we visit in the fall and winter months so I had never noticed the waterfall before. It is on the outside deck and I am sure it is only operational in the late spring and summer months.

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Waterfall at The Phipps

The Cathedral of Learning

We live in Regent Square so we see this building regularly. It is easy to take it for granted. The Cathedral of Learning, a Pittsburgh landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places

It is 42 stories high and was construction was finished in 1934 although classes were first held their in 1931. It is the second tallest gothic style building in the world that is not a church. A proud symbol of the University of Pittsburgh and the city it represents.

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Cathedral of Learning