Today has been an ambling day for Kevin and me. Ambling days are those days when we just leisurely explore Pittsburgh. We've been here for two years now and there are still so many wonderful neighborhoods to discover.
Today we started with a wonderful old antique shop near Frick Park and then moved on to the East End Food Coop, which is a fabulous organic grocery store filled with bulk items, local meat and veggies, fair trade coffee - you name it. I'd heard of it, but Kevin stumbled upon it yesterday and knew I'd love it so we packed a cooler and made a grocery trip.
After that we went to Squirrel Hill so that I could visit Ten Thousand Villages, a shop which sells handmade items from around the world. That was absolute heaven for me! I bought a shibori dyed scarf from Indonesia and fabulous silver earrings from Kenya. I know where I'm going to be doing some Christmas shopping! For those that don't have a Ten Thousand Villages in their area, they're completely run by volunteers and dedicated to Fair Trade.
We walked around Squirrel Hill for quite some time and I got to chatting with quite a few wonderful, colorful shop owners. We went into an art gallery run by a most delightful French woman who had just pulled down one exhibit and was working on putting together another.She insisted we come in and sit down and she ran into her storage room and brought us a number of original Andy Warhols to look at - most of which were colored drawings of cherubs in compromising positions! Andy was a Pittsburgh native and somehow she'd gotten her hands on these and was quite pleased to have them. Several of them were for sale - only $1000 each! That's actually quite a steal for original signed Warhol and I asked Kevin if he'd like one for his birthday. He said he'd think on that...lol. We said goodbye to our French hostess and found ourselves at another global market where I found wonderful ikat-dyed weavings for only $10 each! I could not believe my luck - and that's much more my speed! I picked up a couple for my ethnic textile room. One will live on the back of my couch and I think I'll turn the other (shown on my piano bench) into a pillow.
Our final stop was an amazing Mediterranean cafe where we had lunch - hummus, tabouleh, baba ganoush, dolmas, feta, olives...so very,very good.
In all, it's been a perfect ambling day!