Quadriga at Night & Up Close: MN State Capitol, St. Paul, MN USA

A Travel Date to view the Golden Quadriga atop the Minnesota State Capitol after dark was filled with majesty and magic! Add an after-hours tour of this grand building for a memorable experience – shared on this blog!

Purcell-Cutts House (Art & Travel) Minneapolis, MN USA

The Purcell-Cutts Prairie-style House is an architectural gem hidden in plain sight in a vibrant Mpls. neighborhood by Lake of the Isles. This 100+ year old “modern” house, owned by the Mia (Mpls. Institute of Art), recently reopened after pandemic shut down. Get the “inside” scoop including photos unique to this blog post!

J. J. Hill House (Travel) St. Paul, MN USA

We toured the majestic James J. Hill House, St. Paul, MN, on a recent Travel Date to places in our Backyard. The massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems of this Gilded Age mansion recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Enjoy photos and details on this blog.

Weisman Art Museum (Art & Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Weisman Art Museum (WAM), designed by Frank Gehry on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA is a gem inside and out. Overlooking the beautiful skyline of downtown Minneapolis and the magnificent Mississippi River, it faces west and perfectly reflects the ever-changing light of the setting sun. Discover more on this blog

Museum of Russian Art: TMORA, Mpls. MN USA

Cher’s Travel Date: Museum of Russian Art (TMORA). A hidden gem in Mpls, it’s the only major institution in N. America devoted entirely to Russian art and culture from all of Russia’s history. TMORA stands with the people of Ukraine, as seen in current exhibit of provocative art of pro-Ukrainian political cartoons. Blog also includes photos by an American in Siberia/Stalin’s industrialization (1930s) & permanent collection.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

On our visit to Puerto Vallarta, our first, we got a feel for its culture and history. We discovered some of the unique sites that made this somewhat typical Mexican city stand apart from the others we visited – primarily how they incorporated art into every corner of their life. This blog is packed with my photos!

Mazatlán, Mexico

On the western coast of Mexico, across from the Baja Peninsula, is Mazatlan. Famous for its sun, consistently warm weather, beaches and cultural interests – it did not disappoint! Read more about this fun stop on our cruise in this blog.

2021 Travel Dates to the World Class Cities in my Back Yard: Fav Photos

When options for world travel all be ceased due to COVID, I explored the world class cities & sites in my backyard – St. Paul & Minneapolis MN USA.2021 Travel Dates with my husband and friends were created. This blog shares my favorite photos of my favorite places – and links for more details for you to check out.

Guthrie Theater & Neighbors (Art & Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Guthrie Theater, Gold Medal Park and the Memorial to the tragic 35W Bridge collapse (2007) were included in our Mississippi River Travel Date. Just a few steps from the Stone Arch Bridge and the Heritage Trail, these 3 significant, though unrelated, sites are well worth this side trip. This blog is filled with colorful photos and interesting information!

Stone Arch Bridge (Art & Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Stone Arch Bridge – a Minneapolis icon – crosses the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Falls. Truly unique to our city, it is a timeless piece of architecture and history. Built in 1883 by railroad magnet, James J. Hill, it became the city’s most important and impressive railroad bridge. It was the starting point on our recent Travel Date as we continue to explore the wonderful sites in our back yard. This blog shares fascinating info, photos, and artwork.