After a busy holiday season, I am enjoying a little break from the madness back home with a weekend trip to Pittsburgh and then a few days at my family’s mountain house. It is tradition that each year after Christmas we go visit family in the Steel City for a few days to catch up and celebrate the season. This year Adam and I decided to sneak off for a little adventure and explore the North Side. We both have frequented the city growing up but sometimes it pays to play tourist in your own backyard (something that is high on my list of 2015 goals). Since art is something that we both are passionate about we decided that The Warhol Museum was a sure hit. With a tasty and thankfully not so overpriced cappuccino from the museum cafe we mulled around the lobby area where I admired the industrial style decor and eye catching design until Adam got antsy and we set off into the seven floor exhibit. A little tip here, I know everyone always says this but it really does pay off too ask for a student discount. As a recent grad who has a lost student ID for over year I sure have gotten a lot of free passes without having to show anything for my proof of actually being a student. The Warhol Museum offering a huge discount of 50% making our tickets only $10 each.
We started the tour from the top floor and made our way down, as we watched Warhol’s life and talent unfold before us. As a former art student, I have a pretty decent knowledge of Warhol but the museum provided me with so many great little tidbits of information that I was happily surprised. Each floor had just enough to keep you into what was going on but not overkill like some museums.
After our museum visit we strolled along the river, enjoyed a Pittsburgh style lunch at Bettis’s Grille 36, and checked out the science center. All and all the weather was beautiful and the day was more than we ever could have hoped for. Another trip and another piece of proof that playing tourist can be just the trick to a perfect day.
After a few hour drive to the mountains and a lot of listening to our new favorite Podcast, Serial we finally arrived to our second destination for a little mountain retreat.