December 17th, 2011


Graves visit

My aunt and uncle visited us November 30-December 5. We might not have chosen those dates, but we'd be happy to see them whenever they came.

Our tourist schedule for them:

Picked them up at the airport in the evening.
Took them to the Duquesne Incline and showed them the view from Mt. Washington. (We took the self-guided tour of the engine room, and found it very interesting.)

I had to go to work, so I took them with me to Oakland to let them explore the Carnegie Museum. Lori's parents came at lunch and took them out to Max's Allegheny Tavern.
For dinner, we took them to Josza's Corner.
After dinner, we took them through the Hartwood Celebration of Lights.

I took the day off work. I meant to go to museums with them, but it didn't quite work out.
First, we went down to the History Center. I intended to do a little shopping and join them, but my shopping took more time than I planned.
For lunch, I satisfied the obligation to take every Pittsburgh visitor to Primanti's.
From there, I took them to the Frick Museum; while they toured the Frick, I drove out to Pierogies Plus to get a variety of pierogies and dumpling haluski for dinner.

In the afternoon, we went to the Bayernhof Museum, which I'd never been to before. It was an entertaining combination of antique music machines and rich-1970s mansion.
For dinner, we ate fine burgers at Tessaro's.
We then returned home and started putting up Christmas decorations.

For brunch, we ate pancakes with a maple syrup sampler we had brought back from Vermont, with country ham we'd brought from North Carolina.
After brunch, we went down to the Tower of Learning to see the nationality rooms. Without intending to, we arrived during the Holiday Open House, so in addition to the Nationality rooms, we saw ethnic dancing and vendors and lots of crowds.
For dinner, we had a family pot roast dinner with Lori's family.

Drove them out to the airport in the morning and bade them farewell.