Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Recaping My Trip To Pittsburg, PA

I can't believe it has been two years since I went to Pittsburgh, PA. I went mainly for the Annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival that is held in February. Well, last weekend marked the 7th year for the event. I wish I could have gone but was unable to, so I just started to recap my trip in my mind and I thought I would share with you. I had a great time that weekend that I went. It was only a weekend event, but now it is three days. Hurray for a successful event that keeps growing.

That was my first time in Pittsburgh and it won't be my last. I did my research and I knew someone that use to live there so they gave me plenty to see for my trip. If you have plans to go next year it is so worth the trip. I made it into a mini vacation. Let me give you some ideas of things to do prior or after the event. This is just in case you want to make a vacation by tacking on a couple more days on your weekend.

First, how was the convention when I went? It was really nice. It is held at the Sheraton North, Mars, PA and I stayed right there at the hotel. Now that is so convenient. I signed up on line and picked out my classes prior to going so I was set. I could sleep a little later and relax before the event started. It's not a huge event like Stitches, but the vendors were very nice and there was enough variety of yarn, books, and supplies for shopping. I took a couple of classes because I like to keep up with learning since I teach myself. The seating is tight for the classes but I can adjust so I had a good time.

I didn't go last year because of all the snow. Well, for this year I saw that from the weather report it must have been a great weekend for the event. I'm sure there are those reading this post that had an opportunity to go. I hope you enjoyed the event. I want to plan for next year to go. We will see what happens.

Now after the event, I continued my trip with visiting the city of Pittsburgh. There is a nice variety to see depending upon what your interests. For me it was great. I love different cultures so I visited the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning housed in the University of Pittsburgh. That was so nice. It is a self tour and you are able to visit their twenty six rooms that represent the cultural backgrounds of various ethnic groups. Of course, since I volunteer at a zoo I had to visit the Pittsburgh Zoo. You might say in February you want to visit a zoo? On the day I went it was a crisp winter day but with enough warmth to walk around and enjoy. It is a very nice zoo and I definitely want to return. I also went to the National Aviary of Pittsburgh. I love birds and they have more than 600 birds from all over the world there. They were doing some renovations when I visited so I know by now it is even better. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was still in town so I went to the Heinz Hall to see them perform. This was sweet musical food to my soul. Now I am into museums so I just had to visit the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. There are four museums all together in one place and I enjoyed going from one to the other. The last place that I really enjoyed was the Phipps Conservatory. The indoor gardens were beautiful. I would love to visit there in the summer to see the outside gardens because I know they must be something to see also. The one place I wanted to visit was the Frank Lloyd Wright house but it was under renovation at the time. I guess that means another trip to Pittsburgh in the future.

I enjoyed my visit to Pittsburgh and I recommend going to the knit and crochet event and exploring the city of Pittsburgh for yourself which will make a great vacation to plan. Now these are things that I enjoy just to give you an example of what is there to see and do. But for you there might be other things you would like to explore. The key is to do your research before hand to take advantage of your time, to make sure things are open, there is an exhibit you would like to see and calculating the price total for what you want to do. And if you have AAA at certain places you get a $1.00 off the price. Every dollar counts in this economy.

As always have fun with your plans.

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