Julia’s Day Off: June
I missed two months. Sue me. Actually I didn’t, I just took my days off in April and May to celebrate birthdays so we can’t really count those.
For June’s day off, I explored the city by bike which, if you ask me, is the best way to explore the city. You truly become a part of the fabric of the city as you weave in-and-out of traffic and duck down alleys. It’s also as close to danger as I like to get. Nothing beats the adrenaline rush of almost being smashed by a careless bus driver.
I started my day-long adventure with pastry. Not just any pastry but pastry from La Gourmandine in Lawrenceville. Little known fact: I love pastry. All day, every day. Sadly, I got there a little later than I hoped and the selection was limited. So go early and scoop up one of everything.
I got an almond croissant and few other treats, hopped on my bike, and headed down the street toward Espresso a Mano.
Iced coffee makes me feel like a legit crazy person. I get the shakes and feel like I’m detoxing. So what did I order? Iced coffee. Delicious, delicious iced coffee. Cold coffee on warm mornings is borderline erotic. I devoured my croissant as I slowly sipped.
As I sat outside taking in the sights and sounds of Lawrenceville, I unknowingly was working on a sweet, sweet sunburn. After 32 years of having pale skin, you’d think I’d learn my lesson about applying sunscreen. Mostly that having it, but not putting it on your body does.not.matter.
After the scorch, I headed Downtown to Point State Park. I’m so glad they fixed this place up. Minus the small children swimming in the fountain, it’s really quite great.
I also love the bike trail that goes from Lawrenceville, through the Strip to Downtown. The ride along the river is equal parts terrifying (are jags going to make me crash into the river?) and peaceful.
What I didn’t know is that trail ends right about here:
Great view. Not so great when you want to get to the Jail Trail to head to Oakland.
Once I got to Oakland, I headed to Schenley Plaza. Feeling like a young college buck, I decided to try Bubble Tea for the first time. Newsflash: College kids are silly. Bubble Tea is the grossest. Maybe I chose the wrong flavor? Maybe it is just flat out gross? Maybe… I don’t plan on answering those maybes anytime soon.
I finished the day by checking out my first article in the Tribune Review about Cure. Maybe a little self-serving but isn’t that what this day is all about anyway?
Julia’s Day Off is a series about exploring Pittsburgh during a day off filled with things you want to do rather than have to do.