Minneapolis (part 2)

The second week of our being in Minneapolis passes quickly.  We have friends and family to meet and catch up with, places to see, things to do.  People are curious about our travels and their questions make us stop and think about where we have been, where we are going next, and for how long.  Next is toward New England, then South, following the sunshine as winter breaks out up here.  How long is uncertain.  We are still looking for favorite places to add to our list of possibilities.

A quilt of Minneapolis, on display in the Swedish Institute.

Back in Minneapolis, we are touring some of the beautiful buildings.  There is some fine architecture here.  The chapel at Lakewood Cemetery, the Basilica of St. Mary, The Swedish Institute.

The angels sing on the dome of the Lakewood Chapel
Interior of the Basilica of St. Mary
The entrance to the Swedish Institute’s Turnblad mansion

One day, we even went over to the Other Side: St. Paul.  If you have ever lived in Minneapolis, you know how we dread having to cross the river into THAT place.  Jesse Ventura infamously accused St. Paul streets as being laid out by drunken Irishmen.  Minneapolis streets are generally laid out in a grid so that Streets run East-West and Avenues run North-South.  The names are (mostly) in either alphabetic or number order.  Every home between 14th and 15th has a house number in the 1400s.  None of that is true in St. Paul.

St. Paul downtown. You can’t get there from here. Even if you could, it’s under construction.

Maybe it was just the St. Paul curse on Minneapolitans, but our trip there was pretty much a bust.  We went to tour the Capitol, but it was closed for construction.  We went to tour the Governor’s Mansion, but it was closed because of Black Lives Matter protesters.  We ran over to Summit Brewery for beers and it was closed for a private party.  Fortunately, the guy at the door had mercy on us poor “South Dakotans” and let us use the rest rooms and even gave us free beers to drink out on the patio.

Under wraps and boarded up Capitol
The Governor’s Residence lies on a quiet, stately street. Usually.
Cold beer in the shade on a hot day. Perfect!

A couple of day later, we tried St. Paul again.  This time we checked in advance and the Minnesota History Center was open.  This is kind of a mixed bag of displays.  Iron mining, military hardware, Minnesota weather, the 35W bridge collapse, Minnesota products, sports.  An unexpected treat was the “What’s Up Doc?” display, featuring the art of Chuck Jones, the animator for Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, and many other of our favorite cartoons.

A World War One Jenny fighter patrols the museum
You wascally wabbit!

We also got a chance to explore the St. Paul Cathedral while we were there.  Why all the cathedrals?  Marylu likes the amazing architecture and designs meant to life a person closer to heaven.  I enjoy the exuberant extravagance of the decorations; the gold ornamentation, the intricate stained glass, the life-like carvings.

The St. Paul Cathedral chancel and apse
Interior detail of St. Paul Cathedral

So many friends to see.  So many places to visit.  Our three weeks here is passing by so quickly.  Too many photos for this post so…

Having a great time in Minnesota

Next up: more Minneapolis


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We are two recent retirees who decided to sell the house, pull up stakes, and explore North America. We are both being tourists and looking for the right blend of people, place, and geography that makes for the perfect place to retire.

3 thoughts on “Minneapolis (part 2)”

  1. I only tried to drive in Saint Paul once and that was enough for me. I never found the place I was looking for, either–LOL!
    Funny the places you never visit when you have lived somewhere all your life. 😉


  2. I really enjoy all of your thoughts and essays on your travels. We have been thinking about the History Museum and now, having seen your pictures, we will be going over there (with a new map). We were just at a Saints’ game. Have you thought of that? Karen and Jim


    1. Thank you for reading along. Knowing that people are reading my tales motivates me to keep writing them.
      The History Center is worth going to see, even if there are herds of kids running around it, screaming. A Saints game would be fun. Wish we had more time to spend here so we could see one.


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