Puffles and Honey are out for an evening walk.
Tomorrow morning they are leaving Pittsburgh already and they haven’t had any time to find out much about the Pennsylvanian city that has had more lives than a cat and thrives as a hub of innovation.
Did you know that the western Pennsylvania city is responsible for everything from banana splits to the emoticon? For years, Pittsburgh has served as a hub for innovation across industries as varied as sports, weaponry, board games and condiments.
Among the long list of innovations to come from the city and its hometown heroes are ground coffee, canons and warships, labour unions, aluminium, professional football, ketchup, the Ferris wheel (this is an argument with Chicago), banana splits, gas stations, movie theatres, numbers on sports jerseys, road maps, bingo, commercial radio broadcasting, bebop music, pull tabs on cans, the Big Mac, the hot dog (an argument with Chicago and New York!), emoticons and, most notably, the polio vaccine.
How is it that the city, currently home to about 305,000 people (down from 677,000 at its peak in 1950), has been so influential? One reason is geographic. All roads lead in and out of Pittsburgh. Because of its location, it became a gateway to the west for easterners venturing into the frontier. Later, the city attracted industry because of its crucial position near the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.
Puffles and Honey crossed Monongahela river to have dinner at Hard Rock Café at Station Square.
Mmmm… Chocolate Cherry Soda Shake and Black Cherry Melonade…
And a club sandwich.
Outside Hard Rock Café, at the heart of Station Square, next to the river, is the Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks Fountain featuring hundreds of multi-colored water jets soaring up to 12m in the air, choreographed to music.
It’s back to the hotel, tomorrow is another day full of adventures!