Pittsburgh

I wanted to get away for a short vacation, so I went to Pittsburgh for a day. Why Pittsburgh? Well, why not? Also, getting to and from Pittsburgh involved two very pretty, long train rides, which was half the reason for the trip. Anyway, Pittsburgh is an amazingly walkable city, especially downtown. You can walk across all (I think) the bridges, and there are pedestrian and bike paths everywhere. Downtown has a lovely mix of old and new buildings. Basically I could wander around for a day taking photos, which was exactly what I wanted and what I did.

Building reflections downtown

Building reflections downtown

Old tiled building juxtaposed with PPG glass building

Old tiled building juxtaposed with PPG glass building

Rather unique old building tower

Rather unique old building tower

Art deco (?) building

Art deco (?) building

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River

Point State Park

Point State Park

Heinz Field

Heinz Field

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River with downtown in background

Fort Pitt Bridge over Monongahela River with downtown in background

North Shore Riverwalk with Fort Duquesne Bridge in background

North Shore Riverwalk with Fort Duquesne Bridge in background

Downtown viewed from across the Allegheny River

Downtown viewed from across the Allegheny River

Robert Clemente Bridge and downtown

Robert Clemente Bridge and downtown

The white in the background is the convention center roof, which I assume was designed to have the same catenary curve as the suspension bridges seen in foreground

The white in the background is the convention center roof, which I assume was designed to have the same catenary curve as the suspension bridges seen in foreground

 

Boston’s Freedom Trail

While in Boston, I walked the entire 2.5-mile Freedom Trail. It is a nice walk except for avoiding all the street construction. I have to admit also, as a tourist, it is nice not to really have to check a map, but rather just follow a red brick path in the sidewalks. I previously posted photos of the Massachusetts State House and the Bunker Hill Monument. Here are a few more photos from sites and just views along the Freedom Trail.

USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides")

USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”)

Winthrop Square

Winthrop Square

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Old North Church

Old North Church

Inside of Old North Church

Inside of Old North Church

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway above I-93

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway above I-93

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall

Old State House

Old State House

A brief explanation of why I am posting the below photo. There is a T (subway) train station right below the Old State House, with an entrance through the building. As an engineer, I find this amazing. Consider how old the building is and the studies of the building that must have occurred to determine it could handle both the space being dug out of its foundation and also the ability to take vibrations from the subway and people going in and out of it.

T Station below Old State House

T Station below Old State House

Old South Meeting House wedged between old and new office buildings

Old South Meeting House wedged between old and new office buildings

Old City Hall

Old City Hall

Granary Burying Ground, where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, Mother Goose, and others are buried

Granary Burying Ground, where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, Mother Goose, and others are buried

Greece: Naxos Countryside

This morning we went on a hike in the Naxos countryside through a few small villages. Our destination was the Kouros, but really the journey was the best part. We walked along a rather small road, which should almost be put in quotes but they do drive on it. There was a small aqueduct running alongside the road that appears to convey water from mountain runoff and springs to farms below.

Rural area

Rural area

Farming area

Farming area

Olive tree

Olive tree

Metal gate to yard

Metal gate to yard

Donkey

Donkey

Aqueduct

Aqueduct

Aqueduct waterfall

Aqueduct waterfall

Lily of the Nile

Lily of the Nile

Kouros

Kouros

Montreal

While we spent a good portion of our Montreal visit in Old Montreal, we did spend some time wandering around other parts of the city. (Also, see previous Parc du Mont-Royal post.) The Montreal Plateau could probably be considered the original suburbs and has beautiful townhouses and various ethnic areas. Downtown (Centre-Ville) has a lovely mix of old and new buildings and some nice parks that give much needed green space.

Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde

Centre Bell

Centre Bell

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

Edifice Sun Life

Edifice Sun Life

Old and new Montreal

Old and new Montreal

Place Montréal Trust

Place Montréal Trust

Public are that makes sure you know it is public art

Public are that makes sure you know it is public art

Square Dorchester

Square Dorchester

St. George's Anglican Church

St. George’s Anglican Church

townhouses

townhouses

townhouses

townhouses

Old Montreal

I spent much of my short visit to Montreal just wandering around Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal). I love old buildings, and Old Montreal certainly has plenty of them. It has lots of charm, cobblestone streets, cafes, and shops. It sits right on the St. Lawrence River, and there is a wonderful linear park that separates the river and its quais (wharfs) from the main part of Old Montreal. It is just a lovely place to visit and walk around.   

Old City Hall (Hôtel de ville de Montréal)

Old City Hall (Hôtel de ville de Montréal)

Place Jacques-Cartier

Place Jacques-Cartier

Rue Saint Paul

Rue Saint Paul

Rue Saint Paul

Rue Saint Paul

Place d'Armes with views of the more modern buildings in Old Montreal

Place d’Armes with views of the more modern buildings in Old Montreal

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Montreal

Saint-Sulpice Seminary

Saint-Sulpice Seminary

Old Montreal building

Old Montreal building

Place Royale

Place Royale

Parc Lineaire de la Commune

Parc Lineaire de la Commune

Parc Lineaire de la Commune

Parc Lineaire de la Commune

Bonsecours Basin Park with views of Bonsecours Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

Bonsecours Basin Park with views of Bonsecours Market and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel

Quai des Convoyeurs

Quai des Convoyeurs

Quai Jacques-Cartier

Quai Jacques-Cartier

Parc du Mont-Royal

After spending some time enjoying the tam-tams, I went further into Parc du Mont-Royal to do a little hiking and to visit the overlooks that I had read have amazing views of the city. The park is on part of a mountain, so the overlooks have wonderful views of the city below on the plain. The Camillien-Houde lookout gives views of the northern half of Montreal Island, and the Kondiaronk lookout gives views from the northeast and southwest including downtown Montreal. I wished I had had more time to hike as much of the park is a dense forest. It is a wonderful park and oasis, akin to New York’s Central Park.

Trails through the park's forest

Trails through the park’s forest

Rock outcroppings near the trails

Rock outcroppings near the trails

From Camillien-Houde lookout

From Camillien-Houde lookout

From Camillien-Houde lookout, a view of the Jacques Cartier Bridge (with zoom)

From Camillien-Houde lookout, a view of the Jacques Cartier Bridge (with zoom)

From Camillien-Houde lookout, a view of the Olympic venue (with zoom)

From Camillien-Houde lookout, a view of the Olympic venue (with zoom)

From Kondiaronk lookout looking at downtown

From Kondiaronk lookout looking at downtown

From Kondiaronk lookout looking east

From Kondiaronk lookout looking east

From Kondiaronk lookout looking west

From Kondiaronk lookout looking west

Burlington Houses

While I spent much of my time walking around Burlington, Vermont, in the downtown area, I also spent a good deal of time walking around some of the residential neighborhoods. Burlington has some historic, large, gorgeous houses, and many of them are painted in various, traditional colorful schemes. However, Burlington also has plenty of not quite as old, not quite as nice houses painted in not quite so traditional colors. Some of them are painted in almost blindingly bright color schemes, and I loved them. They are not traditional at all, but in my opinion, they are completely fun. I don’t even like some of the color schemes, but I love that someone cares enough about the house and what it looks like to paint it something other than all white.

The day that I spent much of my time photographing these houses, I walked into the Fletcher Free Library. While I was admiring the architecture of the old section of the building, Lorrie, one of the library workers asked me if I was enjoying the architecture. We had a lovely conversation about the library, Burlington, and Burlington’s houses. It turns out she knows the owner of many of the colorful houses that I was admiring. You have to love small towns, because of course I would run into someone who knows the owner of many of the houses. According to her, Stu lives in the brick house with purple trim that is situated between the two purple-painted wooden houses, and he has the purple Camino. These were some of the houses that I was admiring the most, especially since they featured the color coordinated purple car in-between them. Also, his brick house has a duck family walking on the ceiling of the entry porch because of course it does. He and his wife own and rent many of the bright houses, and he paints them that way just because he likes it and doesn’t care what others think. Stu, I am an admirer of your work. I don’t like all the color schemes, but I love that you painted them that way.

Post has been edited to correct the spelling of Lorrie’s name. Thank you Stu for the correction, and thank you for your comment!

lavender houseblue and orange house blue duplex brick and purple trim

purple house and camino

clay color house fancy blue house fancy cream hosue green and creme hosue lime green store orange and purple houses pink and red house primary color apartments purple and blue houses sage green house sunset trim wood and metal house yellow houseWell played Benjamin Moore, well played.

Benjamin Moore

Burlington

I was in Burlington, Vermont for a week for a conference. Luckily, I had a few hours off here and there, so I was able to spend some time walking around the town. Burlington is a wonderful city in which to walk around. It has some wonderful old buildings, which I love, and as it sits right on Lake Champlain, it has some really nice views of the lake. If you visit, you have to spend time just walking on the Church Street pedestrian mall and perhaps eat at the many restaurants on it or go in some of the shops. Of course, there are plenty of other great restaurants and shops downtown besides the ones on Church Street. Also, stroll along Waterfront Park and admire Lake Champlain.

City Hall

City Hall

Church Street

Church Street

Citizen Bank

Citizen Bank

Old brick buildings

Old brick buildings

Old buildings

Old buildings

Fletcher Free Library

Fletcher Free Library

Fletcher Free Library

Fletcher Free Library

Fletcher Free Library window

Fletcher Free Library window

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain

Sunset on Lake Champlain

Sunset on Lake Champlain

Winooski

While visiting Burlington, I walked to Winooski, which is just to its north, and wandered around. Winooski is a cute little town that is situated next to Winooski Falls, a rocky area of the Winooski River. They have built a really nice river walk area on one side of the river, so you can walk past the falls and also down to the dam. The town square is also walkable and has a bunch of really good restaurants. [Normally I don’t recommend specific commercial places, but I had dinner at Our House, and I highly recommend it. They have all these really good variations of mac and cheese, and it is just so delicious.] The only bad thing about the town is how fast the traffic goes around the town center, which can make crossing the street difficult.

Winooski Block

Winooski Block

Winooski town center

Winooski town center

Winooski Mill

Winooski Mill

Winooski River (upstream of falls)

Winooski River (upstream of falls)

Winooski Falls

Winooski Falls

Winooski Falls

Winooski Falls

Winooski Falls

Winooski Falls

Winooski Dam

Winooski Dam

Winooski River (just downstream of dam)

Winooski River (just downstream of dam)

Winooski River (downstream of dam)

Winooski River (downstream of dam)

Green Mountain Audubon Center

I came to Vermont for a conference, but I arrived a day early to do a little sightseeing. One place we visited was the Green Mountain Audubon Center outside Huntington. It is a really lovely place to wander around for several hours. It has a hemlock swamp, a gorgeous river running through it, forests full of ferns, and lots of pretty flowers. We also saw a few nice birds, and I saw some really cool looking insects, which I cannot identify.

Fern forest

Fern forest

Huntington River

Huntington River

Swamp

Swamp

American red squirrel

American red squirrel

Beetle?

Beetle?

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Fern frond

Fern frond

Milkweed

Milkweed

Insect

Insect

Flower

Flower