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  • Writer's picturePete Garfinkel

Pete's Travel Adventures

Pete has been traveling and performing a lot this summer.

Here is a selection of travel blogs he has written in the month of August while visiting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New York City, New York, U.S.A.

New York City, NY

I arrived in Greenwich Village on the corner of Washington Square Park. I was no more than a 10 minute walk from three of the world’s greatest jazz clubs.

The area was ripe with energy.

It was alive.

Even the coffee shop, which I fell in love with, was open until 2 or 3 in the morning.

The first cappuccino in the United States was there.

Culture and energies and languages – and the best jazz clubs in the world

On any night you can hear not only one fabulous artists, you can take your pick among ten world class talents.

It was almost too much joy for this music lover to stand.

Pittsburgh –

I heard someone say that Pittsburgh is the Paris of Appalachia. And that struck a chord with me, having just co-written the title track from “Appalachia Kid” with artist Amanda Colleen Williams.

It was warm and welcoming in the city, and rich in the flavors of the world.

Immigrants from all over the world ended up in Pittsburgh, and to this day are maintaining their distinctive cultures and their foods.

It’s inviting and a town that embraces its culture and prides itself on the cultures people brought with them.

They’ve got a reason to be proud of what they have there.

We strolled through Deutschtown up to Mount Washington and Squirrel Hill.

I jammed with another musician at Scarpaci’s bar, and we swapped songs for a couple of hours on the patio.

There was a fabulous Uzbeki restaurant around the corner from where we were staying.

Here are a few of the sights from Pittsburgh:

Gainesville, Florida –

Home again to Gainesville, Florida and this new mural we discovered -


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