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Basilica of St. Mary

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.

Andean paintings
  (I later found out that "good Catholics" take communion, then leave).

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.

Andean Mary and Joseph
  I wanted to show Harriet the famous Spoonbridge Cherry sculpture.  We found free parking on the street (it is always full on nice days) and walked through the park.  It was drizzling/sprinking, but we figured we should go now in case the rain started again.  It was nice and empty, but the background was low clouds, not bright blue sky.  You are not supposed to climb on the sculptures, except for one.  And you'll know which one that is - it just begs to be played on.  So we did :)

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.

Choir loft at the Basilica
  It was really neat, but we had to dodge photos to walk through.  The conservatory was warm and dry and empty.  We walked through and looked at all the plants and flowers.  In the center is a giant glass fish over a pond surrounded by giant palm trees.  We saw some neat plants, but none were labeled.  We were about out of time, so we decided to head over to dinner. 

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.

stained glass at the Basilica
S. in terms of park space.  It was a nice little drive and soon enough we found ourselves at Buca di Beppo in St. Paul.

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!    

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Basilica of St. Mary
Basilica of St. Mary
Andean paintings
Andean paintings
Andean Mary and Joseph
Andean Mary and Joseph
Choir loft at the Basilica
Choir loft at the Basilica
stained glass at the Basilica
stained glass at the Basilica
Basilica altar
Basilica altar
Side stained glass windows
Side stained glass windows
Side view of Basilica
Side view of Basilica
Spoonbridge and cherry - cloudy day
Spoonbridge and cherry - cloudy day
sculpture of reclining woman and c…
sculpture of reclining woman and …
the fund sculpture to play on
the fund sculpture to play on
Harriet taking photos
Harriet taking photos
me losing my balance
me losing my balance
pines
pines
cherry from pines
cherry from pines
outside of conservatory
outside of conservatory
plants at conservatory
plants at conservatory
plants at conservatory
plants at conservatory
wedding couple
wedding couple
me by the fish
me by the fish
cool plants that grow on moss on t…
cool plants that grow on moss on …
close up of some little plant
close up of some little plant
Harriet taking photos
Harriet taking photos
cool twisted climbing stem
cool twisted climbing stem
bridge at overlook
bridge at overlook
view to Mississippi River
view to Mississippi River
flooded trees
flooded trees
Don, Agnes, Harriet, Bill, Alyssa
Don, Agnes, Harriet, Bill, Alyssa