Saturday, October 1, 2016

Day 4 - Milwaukee to Minneapolis

September 2016 - Minneapolis MN



Milwaukee was wet and gloomy when we got into the car after our hotel breakfast.

We had planned a stop at the Black Cat Alley. a new mural venue. As I mentioned in my weekly recap I am saving the murals for another post.


I'm also saving this incredible church, St. Josaphat.


Now some serious driving.








The Ho-Chunk, sometimes called Winnebago, are a traditionally Siouan-speaking nation of Native Americans, native to the present-day states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and parts of Iowa and Illinois.



Around the Wisconsin Dells there are many water parks. I had considered staying here but sure am glad we decided on an extra night in Milwaukee instead.







No shortage of cheese around here.


 We pick up cheese and crackers for lunch while driving.






What you can learn while taking a bathroom break!







Time for a stretch.



A new state to us!!!



The sun finally comes out near the Minnesota state line. And it is rush hour in and out of St. Paul and Minneapolis.







The name "Minneapolis", meaning "Waterfall City" in a mash-up of the Dakota word minne and the Ancient Greek word polis, refers to St. Anthony Falls. The motto "City of Lakes" refers to the city's 22 natural lakes.

Minnesota is named after the Minnesota River. The river got itsname from the Sioux Indian word "Minisota." That word comes from the words "minni," meaning "water," and "sotah," meaning "sky-tinted" or "cloudy."


We are staying at Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown for two nights. Image from their website.

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown Hotel, MN - Hotel Exterior and Skyline




Image result for minneapolis tourist map

The following information is from PlanetWare.

Minneapolis and St Paul, the Twin Cities on the upper course of the Mississippi, together form the largest city in Minnesota. Minneapolis is the quintessence of the glistening modern American city. The city has extensive parks and green spaces, and is also the commercial centre of one of the largest farming areas in the United States.

The city grew out of two mills built at the St Anthony Falls in 1847. Although this was Indian country, other settlements soon followed, and these displaced the Indians, whose reservation was moved elsewhere.



No sightseeing other than going to dinner. We didn't really have anywhere in mind as the desk clerk said go to Nicollet Mall and there would be a great variety.

We decided on The News Room as it was on my list of places to go to.


The News Room is a themed restaurant and bar. There are newspapers everywhere. Each dining room is devoted to individual sections of a newspaper (think Sports section, Entertainment section, etc).


Even the host's desk at the front features those clunky radio microphones FDR might have preferred.

You have to negotiate a maze of rolled newspaper walls to find the restrooms.


An interesting item on the menu.

MEATLOAF FLIGHT
BBQ KOBE BEEF, TRUFFLED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, BBQ SAUCE, 
DILL CHICKEN, JASMINE RICE, BLEU CHEESE FONDUE, CORN RELISH, 
LAMB, GARLIC MASHED POTATO, CILANTRO CREAM, PICO DE GALLO 

We chose instead a beef broccolini stir fry and ahi tuna. Check my weekly recap for photos, link above.

1 comment:

  1. The cow bench is my favourite of these shots. It's been a long time since I've been in Wisconsin or Minnesota.

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