|Close to record-setting temps for Sin City while we were there visiting.|
Saturday, June 29:
After a huge brunch buffet we spent the majority of the day lazing around at the larger (and a bit nicer than NYNY) pool at MGM before "all the (married) ladies...and Mike" headed out to see Beyonce and I headed off to play some poker including my first-ever official World Series of Poker tournament entry in Las Vegas.
Sunday, June 30:
|When we got back to the hotel we took a ride on the roller coaster at New York, New York. This was my second time on it and I can't say I remember it banging me around as much before. Ouch!|
|We walked to and had lunch at the tasty, Fatburger, near our hotels, but we still give our nod to In-N-Out as the best West Coast gourmet burger chain.|
|We ended the day with some discounted tickets to check out the 10 PM performance at NYNY of the Cirque de Soleil show, Zumanity, which was quite entertaining albeit quite a bit racier than we were expecting.|
Monday, July 1:
July 3: During our two-day
"layover" back at home we also caught a pre-Independence Day celebration show by one of our favorite performers, Brett Dennen, at The Tin Roof in downtown Nashville. Opening for Brett were two other great bands, John and Jacob, and Alanna Royale. We also ate dinner here during our first visit to this new downtown establishment and it was very good. We will definitely be adding this rocking little joint to our list of places to visit again.
|RED hair, pale WHITE skin and BLUEjeans. What's more patriotic than the great Brett Dennen!|
Friday, July 5:
|With no photos allowed inside, it was the after the tour and out on the back patio and porch of Kentuck Knob that we could capture some of the amazing creativity and design that went into this home including these cool skylights.|
|The hexagons of harsh, bright sunlight from the skylights strike in hard contrast to the dark coolness of the stone and wood on the back porch of Kentuck Knob.|
|The view from atop Kentuck Knob just a short footpath down from the home.|
|The beauty and roar of Ohiopyle Falls in Ohiophyle State Park which separates Kentuck Knob from Fallingwater.|
|The classic shot: Fallingwater sitting atop Bear Run Falls. Is this the eighth wonder of the man-made world? It sure seems like it to us!|
|About a half-hour away from the beauty of Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob is the peacefulness and infinite sadness of one of our country's newest national monuments, The Flight 93 National Memorial.|
|The crash site which created a huge crater at impact has been filled in and wildflowers now grow in its place.|
Did we mention the food was amazingly good in Pittsburgh? Because it is. Our first stop when we got back to The Burgh from our day in the mountains was Primanti Brothers, a local chain of restaurants and a Pittsburgh legend that specializes in sandwiches with French fries stuffed inside. They were pretty good (and efficient). Dessert was on our mind next and back near our hotel (a nice and cheap little Wyndam on the University of Pitt campus - thanks Hotwire.com) was Dave and Andy's Ice Cream where all of the good stuff is home-made (and delicious).
Saturday, July 6: Food continued to be on our mind (and in our bellies) as we packed up to fly back home this afternoon, but beforehand we had arranged for a food tour over in the Brookline neighborhood. Our tour stuck to Brookline Avenue but wandered all over the map in terms of types of food from Middle Eastern pitas with olive oil and cheese; Mexican candied fruit; Philly-style soft pretzels, bakery-fresh sweets; rich, delicious South American coffee; and ending with classic thin-crust Italian pizza.
|Brookline Avenue is a classic Pittsburgh neighborhood with tons of great eateries and local shops nearby.|
|The amazing Pittsburgh skyline and more atop Mt. Washington. This was a nice place to say goodbye to The Steel City, but with assurance that we will be back someday. Thanks for a great time!|
|The beautiful Chesapeake Bay peeks out from under some rough-looking clouds. After stopping in Baltimore, we made it safely home despite the ominous weather.|