You probably know that the most tallest and most visible structure in Paris is the Eiffel Tower, but the second? That would be the Sacré-Cœur Basilica on top of Montmartre.
There it is…see it? Shimmering in the distance, like a wedding-cake mirage on the northern edge of the city.… Continue Reading →
Every great city must have a great park that reflects its personality. In London, Hyde Park welcomes families, footballers and aristocrats alike to it bucolic grounds. In Amsterdam, Vondelpark is relaxed and informal, a place where stoners and runners can both find bliss on a sunny afternoon.… Continue Reading →
Britain has Big Ben. France has the Eiffel Tower. Italy has the Leaning Tower of Pisa. America has the Statue of Liberty. For generations of Americans and those aspiring to become Americans, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of ideals America was founded on.… Continue Reading →
No, those aren’t the titles of Stephen King short stories. They’re all geological features that can be found at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the world. The caverns stretch for more than 400 miles underneath the 52,000-acre national park, which was established in 1941, even though people have been touring the cave system since 1816.… Continue Reading →
The core of Minneapolis is St. Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on the Mississippi River. The city’s explosive growth during the late 1800s and early 1900s was fueled by mills utilizing this waterfall to turn cotton, wood and most importantly – wheat, into consumer products for a growing nation.… Continue Reading →
Minneapolis is a unlike any other large city we’ve ever visited. It’s a city that truly loves nature and integrates it into the very fabric of its urban infrastructure. You can ride your bike around the entire city by following the Grand Rounds scenic byway. Its lakes are clean and clear with excellent beaches, and the Mighty Mississippi looks more like a crisp northern river than the Big Muddy.… Continue Reading →
One of the charms of the Walker Art Center is that you never know what you’ll see there. The exhibits encompass painting, sculpture, video, multi-media and performance art. The programming changes frequently and is a mix of past master retrospectives and bleeding edge contemporary work. (My personal favorite is Kim Beom’s Yellow Scream (2012) which manages to be hilarious, smart and cool at the same time — no easy feat.)
After you have taken in the indoor art, take it outside. … Continue Reading →
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is perhaps most famous for its iconic fountain/statue Spoonbridge and Cherry, but this 11-acre garden houses over 40 works by modern masters.
Personally, my favorite work is Frank Gehry’s Standing Glass Fish located in the heart of the Cowles Conservatory. This monumental sculpture rises from a lily pond and soars above the viewer in a virtuoso marriage of art and engineering.… Continue Reading →
Spoonbridge and Cherry, the monumental sculpture designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen is so iconic that it is hard to believe it hasn’t always been a part of Minneapolis. In fact, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, in which Spoonbridge is the centerpiece, is just turning 25 this year.… Continue Reading →