• Cathedral of Learning | University of Pittsburgh

    If you ever wonder why it's called the Cathedral of Learning, this is the answer. According to Wikipedia, the 42-storey tall Late Gothic Revival "cathedral" is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere. The building is listed in the Nat…

  • Italian Room | Nationality Rooms | University of Pittsburgh

    The Italian Room dates from 1949 and is modelled after a Tuscan monastery. See this official video from the university: youtu.be/iBKPzUnaMRg xxxx You know the saying that sometimes, the best things in life are free? Well, while researching and planning…

  • Cathedral of Learning | University of Pittsburgh

    You know the saying that sometimes, the best things in life are free? Well, while researching and planning about what to see in Pittsburgh, I came across information about the Nationality Rooms. The Nationality Rooms are located in the University of Pit…


  • View of Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington lookout

    Pittsburgh is located at the point where two major rivers (the Allegheny and the Monongahela) converge and become the Ohio River, which flows into the mighty Mississippi River. The city is surrounded by hills that form part of the Allegheny Valley. Pitts…

  • PPG Place

    PPG Place is an office retail complex in downtown Pittsburgh. It was named for its anchor tenant PPG Industries (originally Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.), a global supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials. Perhaps not surprisingly, the head off…

  • Built for a company once known as Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.

    PPG Place is an office retail complex in downtown Pittsburgh. It was named for its anchor tenant PPG Industries (originally Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.), a global supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials. Perhaps not surprisingly, the head off…


  • Heinz Hall

    Pittsburgh boasts some of the most famous names in American business history. The Mellon brothers (Mellon Bank, now BNY Mellon), Henry J Heinz's H. J. Heinz Company, Andrew Carnegie's United States Steel (now U.S. Steel) and Henry Clay Frick's H. C. Fric…

  • Lobby of Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh

    The grand lobby of Renaissance Hotel Pittsburgh. When I booked this hotel months earlier, the rate was only USD $127 a night. What a bargain! 107 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 xxxxx I finally paid Pittsburgh a proper visit after a brief half-a-day visit…

  • If you cannot visit Taj Mahal in person, there is this...

    While browsing a rather mundane working-class neighbourhood, I came across an art gallery with this rather fascinating engraved marble (presumably marble or some sort of calcite) miniature model of Taj Mahal. Isn't it so beautiful?? :D


  • Taj Mahal in miniature

    While browsing a rather mundane working-class neighbourhood, I came across an art gallery with this rather fascinating engraved marble (presumably marble or some sort of calcite) miniature model of Taj Mahal. Isn't it so beautiful?? :D

  • Bank of Canada Toronto Building

    250 University Avenue at Queen Street West, Toronto

  • King's College Circle

    It's been a busy week! My great friend Don graduated with an MBA degree and I attended the graduation ceremony. Like many folks these days, my friends no longer use any proper camera. I have to say that the photos taken with a proper camera are superior t…


  • Bank of China (Canada)

    Bank of China (Canada) has a small retail branch network in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. 396 Dundas Street West, Toronto

  • Royal Bank Chinatown branch

    Royal Bank of Canada used to have a big branch at the corner of Spadina Ave. and Dundas St. West, but it shut down some years ago. Chinese people are heavy cash users (and hence, bank branch visitors), so the closure was surprising to many. Well, it seem…

  • Transforming neighbourhood

    Near 405 Richmond Street W, Toronto Richmond Street at Spadina Avenue.


  • Apartment block

    Corner of Spadina Avenue and Richmond Street West, Toronto

  • George Washington in party attire

    Originally made of plaster and wood, the Washington Square Arch was first built in 1889 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as president of the United States. In 1892, the original arch was replaced by a permanent Tuckahoe marb…

  • George Washington in military attire

    Originally made of plaster and wood, the Washington Square Arch was first built in 1889 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as president of the United States. In 1892, the original arch was replaced by a permanent Tuckahoe marb…


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