Italy comes to Minnesota! “Botticelli & Renaissance Florence “brings treasures of the Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy) to the Mpls. Institute of Art (Mia)! Botticelli’s “Adoration of the Magi” and “Pallas & the Centaur” are showcased. Highlights of this unprecedented, one-of-a-kind exhibit, including ancient art that influenced art in Renaissance Italy, are included in this blog.
Happy 100th Birthday,Charles Schultz – creator of the famous Peanuts comic strip! On November 26, 2022, syndicated cartoonists will pay tribute to him in their own comic strips! Schultz’ home town, St. Paul, MN, honors him with Peanuts cartoon sculptures around town. My tribute are photos of these sculptures from our Travel Date to Rice Park, featured in this blog. Enjoy!
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!
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.
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
Como Park Conservatory & Zoo are on my list of Top Ten places for a visitor to St. Paul, Minnesota. This blog highlights the gardens (sunken, fern, Zen and bonsai) in the Victorian architectural conservatory as well as the authentic Japanese garden, tropical encounters, zoo, amusement park and historic carousel experienced in our recent Travel Date to sites in our back yard!
Continuing our Travel Dates to sites in our backyard, this year we plan to visit Minnesota Historical Society sites. The first was to the newly renovated Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, at the confluence of the Mississippi & Minnesota Rivers. This blog includes my vast array of photos, tells the story of this site, its history – & shares new things we learned!
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.
Minnesota Arboretum “the arb” is a great Minneapolis, MN, Travel Date for any season, any age. 1,200 acres are filled with beautiful landscape and flowers, ponds and waterfalls, and Chinese, Japanese, and sculpture themed gardens. Children of all ages can enjoy a Maze Garden and Green Play Yard. Drive, walk or take a tram around the grounds. Pair it with a tour of Prince’s Paisley Park, just down the road. Enjoy my blog filled with photos and info.
Nicollet Island is a tiny little island in Minneapolis on the Mississippi River. Home to private houses built on public park land, charming inns and venues in old industrial buildings, a huge iconic neon beer sign, and nature paths through wooded shorelines, it is a treasure to be explored! Find out more in this blog!