St. John’s Abbey & University: Art & Travel, Collegeville, MN USA

Continuing our Skip & Cher’s Backyard Travel Dates, we ventured “Farther Afield” this week to St. John’s University in central MN, USA. World famous for its Bible, architecture, pottery, bread and Benedictine philosophy, it was a delightful day trip out of St. Paul/Minneapolis. My blog shares our journey and the wonderful people we met in story and photos.

Raspberry Island – Travel; Mississippi River, St. Paul, MN USA

Little Islands have always intrigued me. Raspberry Island is one! Most locals have never heard of her, let alone visited her. On the Mississippi River, St. Paul, MN, in the shadow of a tall bridge, home to the Minnesota Boat Club and the St. Paul Rowing Club, she has a story to match her charm! This week’s blog explores her past, her present, and other river spots we explored on our latest Travel Date.

St. Paul City Hall & Ramsey Co. Courthouse – Art & Travel in St. Paul, MN USA

Our latest Travel Date to downtown St. Paul, MN included a self-guided tour of the St. Paul City Hall & Ramsey County Courthouse. An Art Deco architectural masterpiece inside and out, the interior features a 3 story onyx “Vision of Peace” statue and bronze relief doors of the history of the area. This blog shares fun facts and great photos of the treasures of this building!

Landmark Center & Rice Park, Art & Travel, St. Paul, MN USA

In this recent Travel Date to our own world class city of St. Paul, we visited Rice Park, the “front yard” of the historic, grand Landmark Center. We celebrated great native Minnesotans: cartoonist Charles Schultz’s Peanuts character sculptures throughout the park; and hockey legend, Coach Herb Brooks, with a culinary stop at a tavern named in his honor. Enjoy highlights in my blog!

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Art & Travel – Minneapolis, MN USA

I love sculpture – and I love gardens! Sculpture gardens provide the best of both! My Travel Date to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the largest urban sculpture garden in the United States was filled with famous art, warm sun and great fellowship. My blog showcases the Garden and some of my favorite sculptures.

Cathedral of St. Paul, Art & Travel – St. Paul, MN USA

Unable to travel abroad due to the pandemic restrictions, my husband and I are embarking on a summer of Travel Dates to the world-class-cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, out our back door. This blog shares our visit to the majestic Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, definitely a must-see for any visitor to this great city!

Minnesota State Capitol, Art & Travel – St. Paul, MN USA

Unable to travel abroad due to the pandemic restrictions, my husband and I are embarking on a summer of Travel Dates to the world-class-cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, out our back door. This blog shares our visit to the magnificent Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, definitely a must-see for any visitor to this great city!

American Swedish Institute: Art & Travel, Minneapolis, MN

Have you ever driven or walked by a place that pulls you in, invites you to wonder what mystery lies behind its magical walls? The mansion/castle of the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN is such a place! Filled with history, culture, art, and fabulous special exhibits, it tells a different story of Swedish immigrants to Minnesota than that written in Swede Hollow. Enjoy this colorful blog!

Swede Hollow: Art & Travel, St. Paul, MN

Itching to travel again, I am exploring the world in my backyard, exploring my roots, and engaging with friends I have missed during the pandemic! This journey took us to Swede Hollow Park and neighborhood, St. Paul, MN. We walked in a well-hidden, lush park. It awakened my awareness of my Swedish roots. My blog explores both!

Norway House: Art & Travel, Minneapolis, MN

As pandemic restrictions lift, a fun way to take baby steps back into exploring the world beyond our doorsteps is to discover our local cultural sites! Unable to travel to Norway, the special exhibit of emigration from Norway to USA through art and stories at the Norway House is well done. Check out highlights on my blog.