Admire the architecture of...
Admire the architecture of Oakland. In a walkable area, you can find Roman, rococo, neo-Egyptian, and Gothic. One of the Gothic buildings, the Heinz Chapel, is a little gem--many weddings are held here. Dominating the chapel is a Gothic skyscraper (!)--the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. An imposing building itself, the COL houses Pitt's nationality classrooms, each representing a different ethnic heritage. For example, the Irish classroom is modeled after a monastery in Ireland, and the French room resembles one of Napoleon's elite schools, with Empire-style furnishings. There are so many to admire: Russian, Romanian, Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese, and others. Among the newest are African, after the great school at Timbuktu, and (Asian) Indian. A very unusual, beautiful, and even moving project. Very few. I was a grad student here!
Really good web site
I found a very good web site for Pittsburgh visitors (and residents): http://www.pittsburghneighborhoodtours.com.
This web site gives example itineraries for different interests and lists information about several neighborhoods.
There's also the summary page:
This lists some of the top touristic draws plus, for those who want the authentic daily experience, what "locals love," (and they get it right).
Not the Fun and Sun Beach Destination
A small carryon bag Shorts are likely not a go here. But then again neither have we seen many get very dressed up other than formal parties like a wedding. A casual approach works best here. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair gel, contact lenses, lens solution, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, brush, shaving cream and razor Do you go anywhere without a camera? Umbrella just in case
Mario Lemieux in Pittsburgh
Though he is from Montreal, Canada, Lemieux is hailed as one of Pittsburgh's sports heroes. He arrived in 1984 as the first overall draft pick and helped save the team from bankruptcy. Later he won two Stanley Cups and then saved the team from bankruptcy again when he bought the team. In recent months he successfully negotiated to build the new arena in Pittsburgh, saving the team from a sure move to another city.
Lemieux in honored with a street named after him; it is called Mario Lemieux Place.
Allegheny Cemetery - Negley Tomb
"Negley" is a well known Pittsburgh name - a family and a street. General Negley was a local Pittsburgher who rose through the ranks and fought in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars, and later returned to this area to become a prominent entrepreneur and political leader. Later, his family married into the Mellons, so he is very well connected to the Pittsburgh elite.