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USA, Pittsburgh, PA – a side trip to see Elton John’s farewell concert and the “other Frick House”

Pittsburgh is only a 90 minute flight from NYC and my friend Beth had kindly obtained floor tickets for us to see the Elton John Farewell concert. As I am a major fan of his this was a good reason to use airline and hotel points for a quick two night visit.

The Elton John concert didn’t disappoint – it is about my 26th time of seeing him but I never tire of watching him perform and remembering what I was doing when all those classic songs were first released. It really takes you back. Two of my school friends reminded me that we had all gone to see him around 1977 in a concert tour named “As loud as Concord but not quite as pretty”! Great name and of course I have to point out that Elton is still around – just saying……

A few memories from our night at PPG Paints Centre with Beth, Courtney and Lynn.

And for any of the other big fans – a couple of music bursts.

Henry Clay Frick – the steel industrialist came from Pittsburgh. I have always been a big fan of the Frick in NYC which was his house and holds an amazing personal art collection. I never knew there was also a family home of his – Clayton plus an adjoining art museum and classic car and carriage museum – in Pittsburgh. This property is about 20 minutes from downtown in a ritzy area called Squirrel Hill. We paid $15 for a 90 minute tour and there was only 4 of us – excellent value. No pics allowed inside though but our guide knew everything about the house, the art and the family.

A great surprise was getting a bit of early access to an exhibition that was due to open two days after we visited. It was the works of Isabelle de Borchgrave – Fashioning Art out of Paper. She is Belgium and in her 70s and she started to make full size clothing out of paper only about 15 years ago. She seems to have exhibited all over the place including the V and A so if you ever see her work coming to your town I would strongly recommend it. It is hard to explain how amazing her work is so hopefully a picture makes it clear. Incredible to think this is all paper!