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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beer and Tots at The Grumpy Troll



Summer days at Grumpy Troll Brew Pub are a must, even if you don't live in Mt. Horeb. For those of you outside the Wisconsin area, Mt. Horeb is the troll capital of the world.

The brew pub has its share of trolls, along with delicious food and beer. During my recent visit, I devoured their version of a veggie burger (sans the bun), must-have sweet potato tots, and a sampling of their current tap list. There is a delightful patio that will keep you cool even on the hottest of days.
http://thegrumpytroll.com/

Don't touch my tots
Thirst quenchers
Trust me - you won't be grumpy
Take a stroll around the immediate area to see how many trolls you can find. Here's my catch for the day...

Feeling small
They ride bikes
American Gothic trolls
The cutest *troll* of all right here😃 The drinking fountain had a lower dispenser for dogs - what a great idea!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Let Travel Give You a Different Perspective



Best-loved quote
In today's world, participating in social media will shed more than enough light on the daily atrocities trying to wrangle our psyche. When I travel, I feel more hopeful things are going to get better. I also take pleasure in finding and spreading the love.


Venice Beach, CA
I don't think about the negativity as much in a new destination and always come to the conclusion that the world isn't so bad. Here are a few reasons why:

*I travel solo.
*I stay in hostels.
*I don't use the hostel lockers and have never had anything stolen.
*I walk or take public transportation with an occasional Uber ride.
*I have insightful conversations with *strangers.*
*I have stayed in less than desirable locations and still lived to write about it. 
*I have met incredibly interesting, kind, and helpful people.

There will always be a degree of unjust in the world; however, there is also friendliness ready to be embraced. Travel with an open mind, love, and compassion.


Flatland Kitchen - Indianapolis

Get out there and explore as much of this captivating planet as you can, and encourage others to do the same.


Lacuna Loft - Chicago

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Sample of Chicago's Striking Architecture


The astonishing Rookery Building
I lived in Chicago for seven years and never fully appreciated being engulfed by striking architecture. Every time I visit, I make a point of discovering new structures. Bonus points for buildings that stop me dead in my tracks, as occurred during my last excursion.

The Hunter Building boasts an incredible mural by Ella & Pitr 

The captivating Schatz Building

Design

Skyline views and lights of Buckingham Fountain

Canoodle with nature amongst skyscrapers


No fear of heights

Gargoyles at Harold Washington Library

Patterns

A fountain side view

My fave - artsy house in the South Loop
I can't wait to see what turns up next time. What are your favorite architectural spots in the Windy City?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

48 Hours (In Denver)




Can a tourist uncover Denver in a mere 48 hours? I sampled beer at four breweries, dined at five restaurants, sipped a nightcap at two bars, discovered numerous landmarks, and found a shitload of street art. I think it's safe to say you can😀

Let's begin with Mother Nature. I wasn't prepared for Denver's extreme weather changes. The Mile High City can turn from spring to winter in a matter of hours, so plan accordingly (I still love you). On my last day, I walked to a restaurant in the rain only to see that rain turn into snow (brrr).

The downtown area is extremely walker friendly. I walked everywhere with the exception of an Uber ride from Epic Brewing. If your feet get tired, you can get a free lift from a 16th Street MallRide bus. 
http://www.rtd-denver.com/FREEMallRide.shtml

Denver is much more imaginative than I anticipated, which made my visit all the more appealing. It was also merrier thanks to one of my hostel bunkmates, a charming young woman from Paris who likes beer as much as I do. Virginie is partaking in a solo adventure through the U.S. and has some mighty fine photos to prove it. 
https://www.instagram.com/walkerinamerica/


Transportation
Take note - Denver International Airport is yuge! Upon arrival, I took the A Line light rail service to Union Station (most inexpensive route). The cost is $9.00 each way and tickets can be purchased at the airport. Make sure you have your ticket available at all times on the train, as it will be checked more than once by rail personnel. Travel time to downtown is approximately 40 minutes.

Accommodations
11th Ave Hotel and Hostel at 1112 N. Broadway

This welcoming hostel is centrally located within walking distance to landmarks, restaurants, and bars. I stayed in a 4-bed female dorm room that mimicked an apartment. The room was spacious with an ensuite bath and writing table/chairs, plus an additional room complete with fridge, microwave and kitchen table/chairs. The absolute only complaint I had was the bed being uncomfortable. As Arnold would say, "I'll be back!"
http://www.11thavenuehotelandhostel.com/


Food and Drink
Watercourse Foods - 837 E. 17th Ave.
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs - 2148 Larimer
City O' City - 206 E. 13th Ave.
Farm to Truck - Civic Center Eats
BurgerFi - 1147 Broadway
Jagged Mountain Brewery - 1139 20th St.
Great Divide Brewing Co. - 2201 Arapahoe St.
Epic Brewing Co. - 3001 Walnut
Renegade Brewing Co. - 925 W. 9th Ave.
The 9th Door - 1808 Blake
Dazzle - 1512 Curtis


Vegan Denver Omelette at Watercourse Foods
Desert Vegan Dog at Biker Jim's
Kimchi Pancakes at City O' City
Mac & Cheese at City O' City
Spicy Arugula Salad at Farm to Truck

Flight at Jagged Mountain

One of many yummy brews at Great Divide

Sample sizes at Epic

Pancakes Maple Porter

Vino at 9th Door
Activities
Wander to discover striking architecture
Colorado State Capitol
Aztlan Theatre
Civic Center (Civic Center Park Eats)
the ART (hotel)
Denver Art Museum (ck out the entire complex)
Blue Trees
16th Street Mall
Larimer Square
Street Art (individual post coming soon)


The stunning Capitol

Aztlan Theatre

Alma Temple
Pretty fountain on the Civic Center grounds

Outdoor feasting with a view

Butterflies over beautiful Larimer St.



I had the most interesting conversation with Konstantin Dimopoulos, the lovely gent behind the blue trees. He actually licked one of the trees to prove no harm was done to the bark. I was so mesmerized I neglected to include him in the photos. Learn more about the fascinating blue trees project http://kondimopoulos.com/the-blue-trees/



Next time - the inside!

Denver Art Museum and complex below







Clever!
Howdy🤠

Legal recreation

A horse and his chair

Urban open space

*Cool* building

Travel by train

My prized capture - watching this intensity
Next time, Colorado, I set eyes on your mountains.