Saturday, July 28, 2007

Traveling with Kait

A young friend of ours is on a journey around the eastern half of the United States. Unlike me, she actually posts from the road and it is fun to get a glimpse of the country through her eyes.

Friday, July 27, 2007

New Wallpaper

Last Sunday's New York Times ran a story on touring Alaska, which included the following photo of a church in Ninilchik, near Homer, Alaska. I have to go there!

photo by Chris Ramirez for The New York Times

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Around Saint Paul (A Tourist in My Own Neighborhood)

Posts from around my neighborhood and farther afield in the east side of the metro area:

University of Minnesota Display and Trial Gardens, Saint Paul Campus (August 18, 2012)
High Stakes at the Capitol Farmer's Market (August 3, 2012)
Art at Saint Kate's (July 14, 2012)

Urbanity Along the Mississippi River (July 23, 2011)
Bluff-Top View of Saint Paul's Celebrations (July 4, 2011)
Saint's Baseball (June 30, 2011)

Post-Halloween Around the Neighborhood (November 7, 2010)

Spring Comes to Como Park
(April 22, 1010)

Waiting for the Parade (March 17, 2010)
Saint Patrick's Day in Saint Paul

The Mega Trees Are Out (The Day After Thanksgiving (November 27, 2009)

Marvelous Maverick's (September 12, 2009)

The Capitol Grounds (June 30, 2008)
Seasonal Confusion (March 22, 2008)

Apple Blossoms in Como Park (May 6, 2007)
Around the Neighborhood (April 28, 2007)

A Lovely Fall Weekend (October 1, 2006)
Saint Paul Riverfront (May 15, 2006)
Spring in Saint Paul (April 22, 2006)

United States Travel Index









New Mexico

North Dakota


South Dakota



Washington DC


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Minnesota Index

Index to Minnesota Posts

General Posts
Thoughts on Spring in Minnesota (April 29, 2007)

Saint Croix Valley

Pottery and Potholes - Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour (May 9, 2010)
Christmas Shopping in Stillwater (December 13, 2008)
An (Almost) Perfect Saturday in October (October 11, 2008)

Saint Croix Pottery Tour (May 14, 2006)
Interstate Park (May 16, 2006)
On the Saint Croix Pottery Trail (May 13, 2007)

Central Minnesota
Todd County's Amish Country (June 12, 2006)
On the Way to Glenwood (July 20, 2007)
Evening in Munsinger and Clemons Gardens in St. Cloud (August 10, 2009)

Northern Minnesota

Index to Lake Superior's North Shore

North Shore Colors (Multiple Posts from September 2007)

Southeast Minnesota

Touring One Block of Red Wing (July 8, 2011)

Mixed Use in Saint Peter (November 5, 2010)

The Minnesota Side of the Mississippi, North of La Crosse (May 22, 2008)
I'm in La Crosse - Mississippi River Valley, New Trier & Wabasha (May 21, 2008)
Downtown Rochester (August 29, 2007)

Southwest Minnesota

Small Towns and Crumbling Infrastructure: Reality via Westbrook (June 25, 2010)
Girls Weekend Trip to Cottonwood County (June 11-12, 2010)

On the Road (May 8, 2007)
Evening in East Grand Forks (May 8, 2007)
Near Granite Falls (May 3, 2006)

A World of Beautiful Gardens


Apple Blossoms in Como Park (Saint Paul) - May 6, 2007

Lake Harriet Rose Garden (Minneapolis) - June 30, 2007
Lake Harriet Rose Garden (Minneapolis) - October 15, 2005

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden (Minneapolis) - May 4, 2008

Evening in Munsinger and Clemons Gardens in Saint Cloud - August 10, 2009

United States
- Alaska -
Alaska Botanical Gardens (Anchorage) - August 20, 2008

- Arizona -
Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix) - March 19, 2009
Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Beyond Phoenix) - March 23, 2009

- California -
Filoli Gardens (South San Francisco Bay area) - April 10, 2009

Hawaii -
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden (Hilo, Hawaii) - January 11, 2008
Limahuli Gardens (Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii) - January 10, 2008
National Tropical Botanical Garden (South Kauai, Hawaii) - January 8, 2008

-Washington -
Washington Park Arboretum (Seattle) - May 18, 2009

- New Mexico -
Rio Grande Botanci Garden (Albuquerque) - May 11, 2009

- Oregon -
Portland Classical Chinese Garden - September 20, 2008
Washington Park Japanese Garden (Portland) - September 21, 2008
Portland International Rose Test Garden - September 21, 2008

University of British Columbia Botanical Garden (Vancouver, British Columbia) - June 3, 2007
Nitobe Japanese Garden (Vancouver, British Columbia) - June 5, 2007
Butchart Gardens (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) - June 6, 2007
Abkahazi Garden (Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia) - June 6, 2007

Paris, France
In Rodin's Garden (May 31, 2008)
Gardens at the Quai Branly (May 31, 2008)
Parc de Bagatelle (June 1, 2008)
Luxembourg Garden (June 2, 2008)
The Marais (June 2, 2008)

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek International Horticulture Show (Chiang Mai) - November 8, 2006
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek International Horticulture Show (Chiang Mai) - November 9, 2006
Bai Orchid Farm (Chiang Mai) - November 9, 2006
Garden restaurant (northern Thailand) - November 10, 2006

Life in the City: Minneapolis

Architecture and Street Scenes

Photographing the Weisman (May 21, 2012)
Photographing the Guthrie (May 12, 2012)
The Guthrie (and Mill City Museum (July 6, 2010) 

Urbanity Along the Mississippi River (July 23, 2011)

Downtown Towers and More (July 6, 2010)
Summer in the City - Minneapolis Tour (July 3, 2010)

Minneapolis from the rooftop deck at 7 Sushi (July 27, 2009)

Fall in Minneapolis (October 14, 2005)

Art and Culture

Summer in the City - More Museums (July 5, 2010)
Photographing the Sculpture Garden (February 28, 2010)

Making Art at the Art Institute (February 27, 2010)
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (July 7, 2007)

Iconography on Exhibit - The Museum of Russian Art (January 18, 2009)

Live at the Dakota (August 6, 2009) - jazz

Multicultral Katha (June 1, 2012) - dance
Soul to Sole (March 18, 2010) - dance

Festivals and Markets

Northern Spark in the City (June 5, 2011)
Mill City Market (August 20, 2011)
Fireworks in Minneapolis (July 4, 2010)
May Day (May 4, 2008)

Parks and Gardens

Lake Harriet Peace Garden in Summer (July 7, 2011)  
Peavy Plaza (July 6, 2010)
There's a Garden in Loring Park (July 6, 2010)     
Minnehaha Park (July 6, 2010)  
Summer at the Sculpture Garden (July 8, 2010)
May Flowers (May 4, 2008)
Around Lake Harriet (June 30, 2007)
Fall in Minneapolis 2 (October 15, 2005)


Lunch at the Dakota (July 6, 2010) 

Sports (Baseball)

Baseball in the City (May 10, 2012)
Go Twins! (July 29, 2009)

Roads, Bridges, Bikes, and More

Trying out the Diagonal Trail (August 20, 2011)
River Road (May 28, 2011)
Minneapolis: It's more like Paris Every Day (Nice Bike - July 10, 2010)
Bridge Building in Minneapolis (June 23, 2008)

A Brief Local Tour (July 6-9, 2010)

Index to Lake Superior North Shore Posts

Along the Lake

Blueberry Season and the Gunflint Trail - beginning with the post Blueberries! (August 5-7, 2011)

March Along the North Shore (March 18-21, 2011)

Early Winter Along the North Shore - Lake views and the High Falls at Grand Portage State Park (November 19-21, 2010)

March Along the North Shore - Duluth, along the lake, and Grand Marais (March 12-14, 2010)

Blueberries! (August 10, 2008)
Lake Superior Shoreline (August 10, 2008)
Looking Down to the Beaver River (August 10, 2008)

North Shore Colors (Multiple Posts from September 2007)

Leaf Season (September 29, 2006)


Martinis for Dinner and the Lift Bridge at Night (August 4, 2011)

A Grey Day (March 12, 2010)

Lake Superior View, Before Sunrise, and A Chilly Day (January 2009)

Evening by the Lift Bridge (August 12, 2008)
Duluth Harbor Cruise (August 11, 2008)
Morning Along the Waterfront (August 11, 2008)
Below the Lift Bridge and Behind the Building (August 10, 2008)

At the Rainbow's End (September 27, 2007)
Good-Bye, Duluth! (September 24, 2007)
Duluth (September 23, 2007)
Shipping Season has Begun - Duluth (April 20, 2007)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Up, Up, and Away

Photo by Pete Erickson, AP Photo/ The Bulletin

Apparently a man in Oregon spent part of his weekend flying 193 miles via 105 large helium balloons and a lawn chair.

Some folks will do anything to avoid a seat in coach!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

I hate to admit this, but we hadn’t been to the MIA since they completed their expansion. That’s been awhile. Today was miserably hot, so we figured it was a good day to go somewhere air conditioned – like a museum.

The addition appears to have allowed for an expansion of the Asian galleries – at least, there seemed to be a lot more ceramics on display than I recall seeing before. Thanks in large part to the Dayton’s, the depth and breadth of that collection is just amazing.

We also discovered they’ve acquired more pieces from the Walker, and now the Blue Horse is on display here along with an expanded exhibit of 20th century art.

The two currently featured artists in the Minnesota galleries are wonderful. Mary Griep does mixed media architectural “drawings” of famous buildings. Among those on display are Angkor Wat (which takes an entire wall to display). They are very cool, and this temple from Burma even had Lane wishing we had crossed the border!

The other artist in the Minnesota gallery is Jantje Visscher, who creates amazing light paintings by directing light through clear plastic that has been bent, folded, and/or scored. The result is ethereal and impossible to capture of film.

With the acquisition of the Wells Fargo’s marvelous modernist collection, the museum now has a really wonderful collection in that area too – and expanded display space to show it off.

We also stumbled on a newly opened exhibit The Search to See: Photographs from the Collection of Frederick B. Scheel. This is the first part of a huge and wonderful exhibit. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the second half of the exhibit.

Despite the museum’s lack of materials in the areas of Northwest Coast and Inuit art (the fact that they dump Oceanic, African, and Native American art together says a lot), we always check to see what they have on display. Despite the small quantity of Native American pieces, they do have few fabulous items, like this Tsimshian frontlet from the Northwest Coast. Lovely.

I missed the Uzbek embroidery and the Central Asian textiles, so I’ll have to get back soon!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Humming With Delight -- More Great Travel Writing on the Web

Ok, so I'm probably the last person in the world with an interest in travel to discover this, but I finally stumbled across World Hum. Wow. Just a short amble through the site indicates it's a winner -- every single piece I read was well-written, thoughtful, enlightening, and funny! What could be better?

For all you Minnesotans out there, our own Catherine Watson has a piece on Beirut that is simply beautiful.

Check it out now and I'll keep trying to improve my writing so someday I can be published there too!