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Take a Field Trip

July 27, 2015

When was the last time you took a field trip?

Niantic Labs project at Google, "Field Trip" has shown us what to explore in our neighborhood and allowed us to learn more about our city faster than we ever have in a new place before. (Which is why I'm so excited to share it with you today!)

Field Trip, whose motto is: "It's your world, explore it," is a mobile app that runs in the background of your smartphone, that shares points of interest and places to visit near you.

It has been a life and time saver for us as we get to know Pittsburgh, and the best thing about it is that it is so intuitive and user-friendly.

After downloading Field Trip from Android's Google Play Store or the iOS App Store and opening the app, it will use your location to bring up a Google Map of highlighted places for you to visit nearest you – and it allows you to choose places from categories like "Cool and Unique," "Food, Drinks and Fun" and "Art and Museums."

Here are some of the places we've had the opportunity to explore and learn more about in Pittsburgh:




As you can see, I personally enjoy using Field Trip to learn as much as I can about our local history, and have become slightly addicted to pulling out my Android to see which cards come up while we're traveling around Pittsburgh.

If you are a fellow #Fieldtripper, I'd love to connect with you to hear what you've come across while exploring...

If you aren't, but are interested, have a conversation with me on my new Facebook page or on Instagram!

I'm looking forward to hearing about the places you will go with Field Trip!

PC: Niantic Labs/Field Trip

Washington D.C. in a Day

July 16, 2015

Okay, we know that it's impossible to see Washington D.C. in a day, but a daytrip can be rewarding if you are like us and are looking to make the most of a first-time visit to the nation's capital.

Interested in an itinerary for a one day tour? Follow my suggestion: Take a stroll down the National Mall, where you will have the opportunity to see most of Washington's monuments and museums.

We were lucky in that we were able to visit D.C. with family who knew the Metro line down to the Mall and were able to guide us there from Union Station (which is a route I would recommend, to avoid traffic and congestion). Once you arrive at the Mall, there is so much to see and do that it's up to you to choose where you want to explore! 

We chose to walk the Mall – from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial – to see as many memorial parks as we could in a day, and we had an incredible time doing so.

The photos below are from our day in Washington, and include pictures of:













We hope to visit D.C. again soon, to do some more exploring. 

Do you have any thoughts about what we should visit next? 

The Beginner's Guide to Pittsburgh

July 8, 2015

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Pittsburgh is an incredible place to call home.

Making the move to the City of Bridges has been so rewarding, and we have had many great experiences here – so we wanted to create a Beginner's Guide to Pittsburgh that would give you the opportunity to share these experiences with us.

I will include places to go, places to see and places to eat in this guide, and look forward to updating it as we continue to explore the city.

Thank you for following along with us!

Go: The North Shore



Running along the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers, Pittsburgh's North Shore neighborhood has the best views of Downtown.

It is home to PNC Park, Heinz Field, the Carnegie Science Center, the Andy Warhol Museum and many more...

The North Shore also features a path along the riverfront, which is the perfect place to stop and have a picnic and take in great views of the city.

See: PNC Park



As a baseball fan and traveler, I've had the opportunity to visit many major league ballparks across the U.S., and the Pittsburgh Pirates' PNC Park is one of my favorites.

It is one of the most beautiful ballparks I've ever seen, designed in a classic, open-air style that can only be compared to that of Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. It is also one of baseball's smallest parks, meaning everyone has a great seat to the game.

Only 450 feet from home plate to the Allegheny River, the best part about PNC Park has to be the view. Situated along the riverfront across from Downtown, the grandstand offers the best sights of the city skyline. Whether you are a Pirates fan or not, you will leave a fan of the park (I did)!

Eat: Primanti Bros.



Primanti Bros. is a Pittsburgh tradition. With more than 15 locations across the city, including one in PNC Park, it's easy to find and eat a delicious Primanti Bros. sandwich anywhere in Pittsburgh.

Created in the 1930s and beloved by all ever since, a Primanti Bros. sandwich features fresh Italian bread, tomatoes, house-made cole slaw, fresh cut fries, a meat of your choice and Provolone cheese – creating the ultimate sandwich.

Although I wouldn't recommend having one every day because it might interfere with your long-term health, it is definitely a must-have when you're visiting the city.