Full moon over Station Square

Almost made it to the Duquesne Incline but, not quite…

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So, for those of you who have not had the pleasure of business travel, let me tell you that this is NOT the best way to go somewhere for photography opportunities!  While we had a successful business trip, I was disappointed that I didn’t get many chances to try to capture more of Pittsburgh while there.  One evening after a full day of working with our customer, we tried to make a trip to the Duquesne Incline.  You see the little blue lights going up Mount Washington in the distance?  That’s it but, this is as close as I got.

Station Square is a shopping complex across the Monongahela River from downtown Pittsburgh on the land that was previously the  Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Station.  You can see the railroad tracks running in front of the buildings here.  These are still in use and we saw a freight train pass by as we were eating dinner.

Unfortunately, the group was too tired to go up the incline by the time we got done with dinner so, I guess I will hope to try again the next time.  From what I can see, this is the ideal spot to see downtown Pittsburgh from.

Station Square
125 W Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
16mm @ f/3.5 – 1/40 sec – ISO 1600

Pittsburg panorama

A night-time view of the city of bridges

While on a business trip to Pittsburgh, I had to get a few images of this beautiful old city.  This one is from the riverfront at Station Square.  In the “City of Bridges” I had to get at least one bridge included.  The Pittsburgh area boasts over 400 bridges!  Having lived in another river city – New Orleans, where there is only 1 bridge this was quite a sight.

I need to go back when I have time to really appreciate this place.  It is full of neat old neighborhoods, amazing churches and fantastic architecture.  A great place to visit.

Pittsburgh Riverfront
Station Square
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
2-shot panorama
16mm @ f/3.5 – 1/3 sec – ISO 1250

Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

The Craft Bier Of Bavarian Kings

Yes, I am on a business trip but that does not mean we can’t enjoy the stay!  Our group went to the Hofbräuhaus- an authentic German beer-hall modeled after the 400 year-old original in Munich.

It was a marvelous evening full of oom-pah music and singing with lots of good beer and excellent food.  If you are visiting Pittsburgh, this is a place you don’t want to miss.

Hofbräuhaus
2705 South Water Street.
Pittsburgh, PA

Holy Brewery, Batman!

A Pittsburgh brew-pub located inside a historic church.

So, while on a business trip to Pittsburgh, my collegues and I were looking for a good place to go for dinner.  “The Church” came up almost right away from some of the locals and when we discovered that this was a local brew-pub, well that pretty much sealed the deal.

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Some of the brewing tanks

The restarurant and brewery are housed inside what was originally St. John the Baptist’s parish in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Much of the original 1902, structure is still in place but the altar is now a set of gleaming stainless steel and copper tanks where the beer is brewed.  The atmosphere is great, with seating made from the original pews, stained glass all around and a massive pipe organ above the entrance.

I had Pierogie Sauté with housemade pancetta which was excellent.  I had to try a bit of the beer (of course) which was also very nice.  This is a place that I would certainly recommend going to see for the history and the atmosphere and for a nice selection of brews.

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The Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

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Olympus PEN EPL6
14mm @ f 3.5 – 1/20 sec – ISO 1600