Icelandic Bride

Although I’m back home in Pittsburgh, I saw this elegant bride in Reykavik on Saturday night. I’d just taken a photo of a dress in a window and walked while becoming wet in the sleeting cold rain. Just felt magical to see her. I hope she doesn’t mind .

Being a tourist in my own city

 

When you turn 65 in Pittsburgh you can apply for a free PAT bus pass.

Monday morning I went downtown on the 71 B.  I am going to familiarize myself with schedules and routes but having a smart phone is a big help

You can pick the stop where you’re waiting it tells you how many minutes until a bus arrives. My plan is to visit all of the 88 neighborhoods in the city of Pittsburgh.

Here’s  Day One of my Free Bus Pass Photography Adventure.IMG_9946Me waiting at Highland and Bryant for the 71 B to go downtown.

Meet Kevin M. who accepted my medicare card until I get the pass.

His portrait will be wonderful in the People at Work show next July.

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taken as I exited the bus, with his gracious permission.

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The Port Authority where you fill out your application to get your bus pass.

 

I went to the City County Building where I was greeted by a sign and a bronze statue of Mayor Caligiuri

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IMG_9977Mayor Caligiuri by Robert Berks 1990

 

 

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Cathedral of Learning   University of Pittsburgh

 

I rejoined the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland

 

 

Crabcake and Slaw lunch at the Union Grill

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St. Paul Cathedral as I went to the next Bus Stop to get to Shadyside where they were setting up a Vintage Car Show on Walnut Street

Cars arriving in trailers  I caught the next bus on Highland Avenue and guess who my driver was?  Yep you guessed. Turns out Kevin went to the same high school as my sons but he was a class ahead of Mark.

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Steve and I  took a ride up to Shadyside later to see the vintage cars but it was raining

 

 

 

Double Decker Bus Tour in Austin Texas

Steve our Bus DriverSteve our bus driver of the Double Decker Bus Tour of Austin TX

Steve and Laura bus tourSteve and Laura, who got us the ponchos for the rain that was just starting as we got onto the bus. Top Deck (for photographs) They both liked my sock monkey on my camera lens.

Look sock monkey made their FB page!

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tourists in AustinTourists in Austin. We had so much fun.

Not too sure about the hat driver Steve wanted me to sport while he photographed the four of us.  Joanne (the MOB)  had the idea we should tour the city and it was a wonderful plan!  Thanks for taking the photo, Steve.

 

 

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duck for branchesI think our tour guide (with the shades) thought I was going to get whacked with a branch.

They instruct you to NOT touch the branch as it might fling back into the next person behind you.

DUCK!!!

 

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austin food truckFood Trucks are trending in Austin Texas.

 

Austin home

 

 

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South Congress

 

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26346943705_90f2137829_kConstruction is EVERYWHERE.  Fastest growing city in the USA

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The rain stopped.  We walked down to the yarn store Hill Country Weavers and then walked across the street for lunch.

 

 

Power Washing in Residentplatz Square

Salzburg FountainSalzburg – Residentplaz Square

“the Residenzbrunnen. This biggest Baroque fountain of Central Europe was built between 1656 and 1661 under the rule of Prince Archbishop Guidobald von Thun. The material used is marble from Mount Untersberg. The artists in charge were Tommaso di Garona and Antonio Dario.”

Below- View Two as we walked around but you can’t see the equipment- I Iike the photo better as it shows more of the location and the passerby checking out what it happening to the fountain.

Residentplatz Square SalzburgHere you can see the Salzburger Dom cathedral

Winter Light Garden and Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory

Sparkling and colorful, glowing and shimmering.  Beautiful display with candlelight throughout the show.

Thanks for the cool suggestion to head to the Phipps Conservatory after dinner, V.  The Winter Lights Garden was magical on this cold and clear winter night, with the moon peeking through.  A great train display too, but not many pics of it.  We had fun.  xxoo

NYC Tourist Gallery-Dog Lover Sweater, Grand Central I Love NY Tourism Window, Paddington Ad, The Crowd at Rockefeller Center and a Couple More Christmas Windows

One more gallery of New York City.  I’ve been home a week.

By looking at the photographs,  I’m still enjoying the time I had with my sister.

I was a tourist for sure!

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the crowd at Rockefeller Center last Sunday

IMG_0277A fire truck outside St. Patrick Cathedral

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Another Killer Heel in a Store Window

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People like to photograph the Christmas windows.

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Market in Grand Central

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The train display at the Transit Museum in Grand Central

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Transit Museum Train Display

IMG_0388Trees for Sale on Seventh Ave

Exactly as My Sister Spotted it on the Corner of Grove and Bedford Streets

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Looks set up but this is just as Mary spotted it for me to photograph.

Right across from the building where the opening credits of Friends was filmed and tour groups flock.

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And a tour group just a half block down the street on Grove.

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