Minneapolis with Harriet
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Since we couldn't get into the St. Paul Cathedral, we drove to Minneapolis to visit the Basilica of St. Mary. We hit some rush hour traffic and rain. I took us on a detour to get off the interstate and soon enough we found ourselves at the Basilica. It was now after 4, but I wasn't sure if the church service was over yet. We went in, but found the doors closed and the service still going. We went downstairs to look at the artwork. There was a really neat exhibit of religious paintings where the characters were all Andean. We went back up to find people leaving the service. We figured it was almost over, so we snuck inside.
We walked in during what I thought was the closing hymn. The priest and some others were carrying the wooden cross down from the front of the church. The Good Friday service is often about the stations of the cross. I figured they were going to process out during the hymn. It was really neat to hear the voices of the congregation fill that great Gothic hall. It was dark inside but the stained glass windows were glowing. After the hymn, the choir stood up and sang. People continued to leave, but several stayed in the pews, standing or sitting. I really wasn't sure if the service was over or not, so we took a few photos then left.
Back in the rain, we went over to the sculpture garden.
Next we walked through the little conservatory. We walked in on a couple having their wedding photos taken. They were both from different countries and wearing their traditional clothing.
I decided to take Mississippi River Boulevard (in St. Paul) with big, beautiful homes overlooking the Mississippi River. We stopped at a couple of scenic overlooks, but didn't get very good photos because of the low light. There is a nice paved trail all along the river. Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of (or maybe THE) greenest city in the U.
Bill was waiting for us so we sat down and ordered drinks and an appetizer. Agnes and Don joined us and we ordered 3 small dinners to share (they come in giant bowls that serve 3 people). The food was good and the company even better. When you get Harriet and Agnes together, watch out! They feed off each other and you will be constantly laughing at the stories they tell. We had such a good time. I'm so glad it worked out for us to meet up while she was here. It was a blast! And now Harriet can say she has been to Minnesota and toured the Twin Cities. And maybe next time we will have better weather!