When I go to a city for the first time, I love taking a Double Decker bus tour. Seated high above the hustle and bustle, the wind in your hair, eye to eye with the street signs, you get a bird's eye view of the city, seeing it from a different perspective. On the Double Decker, you are a tourist in the truest sense of the word, moving on an entirely different plane from the denizens who live there every day, usually with their eyes trained on either the sidewalk or the road in front of them.
About two months ago, I discovered that Pittsburgh now offers bus tours on vintage Double Deckers from London. And I found it rather funny that the first thing that I typically do when I visit a new city to get the lay of the land, I had never done in my own environs. Here's a little sampling of our trip:
|Pre-boarding: No, the two older girls are not twins. They're not even related. Just really good friends who are starting to look like each other LOL.|
|Icons of Pittsburgh: Coal barges and the fountain at the Point, which was just turned on last Friday for the first time in FOUR YEARS!! (And a little corner of Heinz field)|
|Flying across the West End Bridge, with beautiful unobstructed views of DownTown (and a close-up of the paint specially designed for Pittsburgh's bridges).|
|Another lovely view of the city entering from the North Shore. According to our guide, the city has 446 bridges. I have a feeling they are counting foot bridges, etc., but that's still an impressive number.|
|The Alcoa Building (I think). The design reminded me of an ocean liner.|
|Another piece of advice: your hair will be an absolute mess after the ride. |
Just save yourself some trouble and wear a do-rag.
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