I do. And perhaps I should prequalify my question asking that your choice be confined to land within the continental United States. Mine is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For me, Pittsburgh provides a feeling of belonging; a sense of ‘this is who I am.’ It is a steel town or “tahn” as true Pittsburghers would say – which lays in a valley alongside three rivers and was built on a foundation of tough hard-working people; dominated by a vast majority of European ethnicities…Italians, Polish, Hungarians, Germans, Irish, Slovaks and Greeks. The people who call this beloved city ‘home’ – are steeped in a mix of cultures predominantly revealed over the dinner table and throughout the unique and interesting neighborhoods. It’s a blue-collar steel town at the base of it’s history….that said, it’s rich in culture.
I describe Pittsburgh as a mini-New York City or a fly-by through Europe. If you’re shopping the Strip District, you can start with the divine European mele pastries from Colangelo’s and an espresso from LaPrima as they snug tightly together just off the main drag.
There are over 40 vendors and to name each one would require much space so here’s hoping I’ve enticed you with a few so if you find yourself here one day, you’ve got some great starters sure to please the palate. The market area of the Strip is diverse and teeming with activity Friday through Sunday. If it’s a Steelers home game weekend, be forewarned as the city air hangs thick with excitement and the music pumps out base to get the anticipation soaring.
Pittsburgh’s topography is extraordinary. Back in the days when the steel mills ran thick through the valley along the rivers, most working class had to ride inclines down the steep and mountainous hillsides to start their work days. There were many inclines which dotted the valley walls back then, however only a few remain in operation today. These funiculars can be taken to the peak of Mount Washington for fabulous dining opportunities overlooking the famed city of bridges. The view at night with all the city lights is spectacular and it’s a unique ride to the top. No memorable trip to this city is complete without an incline entry jotted on the final itinerary.
The Incline overlooking Pittsburgh on descent…
I could write a book of thoughts about this fabulous city to which I called home for less than two years. I’ve only been back for a few short visits since my residence changed but it remains ever in my heart as a place to share with others. Numerous Hollywood movies are filmed here because the city offers such diverse choices in landscape, arts, the rivers, old architecture, etc. To name just a few I would give you Jack Reacher, Unstoppable, Independence Day, The Next Three Days, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Clearing, Wonder Boys, Silence of the Lambs, Pretty Woman and Groundhog Day! It’s a plethora of palate pleasers – adventure, arts, entertainment, dining, laden in activities and teeming with things to do!
Perhaps you’ve been there – if not, here’s hoping you’ll make it there someday to glory in the richness of my favorite city.
So, back to the original question – Ever thought about it? Do you have a favorite city?