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Our Stay in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul

A variety of activities

semi-overcast 75 °F

Hello!

We will be at Pat's condo until Monday, July 8th when we hit the open road again. Our stay here has been filled with activities, including a birthday party for Pat's 7 yr. old granddaughter. We also attended 2 little league (beginners) softball games to cheer on Tucker (age 9) and Zoe (age 7). It was cute to watch them. Grandma, of course, had to wear the blue team T-shirt with 'Grandma' printed on the back. On Wednesday we arose early to drive 55 miles to Pat's hair appointment. She does this on a monthly basis and even plans her trips to Florida to keep the schedule with Nazarene, her special hairdresser. She has cut Pat's hair for 25 yrs. beginning in Minneapolis. She followed her to Osceola, Wisconsin where she lives and has her shop. Osceola is just over the MN/WI stateline. I read my book in the car while this took place. After, we drove about 10 miles to the charming community of Stillwater, MN located on the St. Croix River separating MN & WI. Once a logging town it is now a tourist community with dozens of shops, boutiques, and restaurants/bars. The old lift bridge has been designated a National Historic Site and it is being refurbished with a $5M grant from the federal gov't. It is unique in design with a span lifted by a cable & drum system allowing boat traffic to pass under. Years back logging tugs navigated on the river pushing large log rafts downriver to the sawmills. In this village of about 10,000 are about a dozen beautifully restored Victorian mansions built by the lumber barons who operated the sawmills, etc. Many are now Bed & Breakfast Inns.
Wednesday was 'nail day' and the girls (Pat & her daughter-in-law, Andie) also made an appointment for me to get a pedicure. Reluctantly, I agreed to go along. While a nice experience, I decided that I can trim my own toe nails for much less than $25.00!!
Last evening we drove downtown to a 'Happy Hour' in the Foshay Tower, a Minneapolis landmark. Opened in 1929 as an office building, the 30 story obiliske-shaped building of limestone was patterned after the Washington Monument in D.C. Standing just over 600' tall it was the tallest structure in Minneapolis for decades. A financial corporation built a skyscraper 200' taller in the 1980's. It is now owned and occupied by the Westin Hotel Corp and on the 27th floor is the 'Prohibition Bar & Lounge'. It was our destination and we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine and appetizers as we viewed the south side of the city. With the elevator shafts located in the center there are 4 interconnected lounges each facing either N,S,E,W. The lounge we chose had a library theme. Throughout were enlarged photos of prohibition-era bootlegers and their activities. Fun time!
Gotta go! See you next time!

Dick

Posted by dixter 06:57 Archived in USA Tagged cities the in days twin several

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