|Beautiful street art in front of the skyline|
I did a few Google searches and discovered the city has a lot to offer, so I booked. I chose an excellent Airbnb host that I recommend https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12981. He has a remarkable home and is a great person to talk travel with!
|His unique way of displaying travel photos|
My first stop after getting settled was Prospero's Bookstore and the 39th Street West District. Color me happy, because they were within walking distance. Prospero's is so cool that it deserved its own blog post - http://sherbondurant.blogspot.com/2013/09/book-lovers-unite-at-prosperos-bookstore.html
|This pretty church caught my eye|
|Coolest fish I ever laid eyes on|
39th Street West is an excellent area filled with unique shops, restaurants and bars. http://www.39thstreetwestkc.com/ I filled up at three fabulous eateries during my visit - Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill, Aladdin Cafe and Mud Pie Vegan Bakery (you can find their websites at the 39th Street link).
|Crispy tofu and veggies at Genghis Khan|
|Cauliflower zahra at Aladdin Cafe|
|Savory scone, cupcake and latte at Mud Pie|
This area was close enough for me to walk to the Country Club Plaza, which is a massive shopping mall. I didn't even know where to begin to tackle it, so I just wandered. I'm not much of a shopper and get overwhelmed at places like this. If you love to shop though, you will be in heaven! http://www.countryclubplaza.com/
|Sister Cities International Bridge near Country Club Plaza|
One of the things KC is known for is fountains, and I came upon quite a few. The city may not be known for its street art, but I sure made some startling discoveries!
|Muse of the Missouri|
|Boy and Frog|
|J C Nichols Memorial|
The city is also known for BBQ and jazz. I didn't really experience any true BBQ, since I'm a vegetarian; however, I did have one glorious night of jazz at the Majestic Restaurant. The venue has free nightly shows! I would have paid good money for the band that I saw, the Mark Lowrey Trio, because they were first-rate. http://www.majestickc.com/upcoming-shows/
|Avocado & bean burritos at El Patron|
|Take your pick of restaurants|
|Love the exterior|
|You check-in and get a ticket for the tour|
Cafe Gratitude deserves a superior nod because it's just that wonderful. I ate there twice and wish it could have been more. You will feel the love the minute you walk through the door. The organic and plant-based food is spectacular to look at and taste. Be sure to see what's at the bottom of your dish:) http://cafegratitudekc.com/
|"I am Pure" kale salad|
|"I am Humble" Indian dish|
|Even the sink is special|
|See what I mean?|
|Look at all the sauces!|
I ventured on foot all the way down to the City Market only to be disappointed that much of it was closed due to the holiday weekend. It was still a good place for a stroll, and I can imagine how fantastic it is when it's fully open and bustling. http://thecitymarket.org/
No trip to KC would be complete without seeing the central library. I didn't get an opportunity to go inside, but the outside was satisfying enough. The only drawback is the abundance of trees now taking over the unique exterior, so it was tough to take photos. http://www.kclibrary.org/central
|Please trim those trees|
Kansas City is such an amazing city full of fantastic restaurants, art, culture and very friendly people! This is a city where strangers actually smile on the street and say hello. I'm so enamored that it's a place I could call home.
|Spied these caped crusaders in an alley|