St. Paul with Harriet

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School tours at the capitol

Harriet (Africancrab) was visiting her friend in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, so we meet up Thursday night for dinner in Dinkytown with Michael (Lord Mike), Bill (the_Bill), and her friends Agnes and Don.  We ate at Annie's Parlour and had a good time catching up. 

Since it was Good Friday, I only had to work until noon.  I spent the rest of the day showing Harriet around St. Paul and Minneapolis.  The weather was not great - cold, dreary, windy, cloudy, rainy, definitely not spring-like.  I don't know if we ever made it to 50 degrees while she was here.

St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and Minneapolis is more the art-industrial city.  Together Minneapolis-St. Paul make up the "Twin Cities".  Our first stop was the Capitol in St.

view of St. Paul Cathedral from the steps of the capitol
Paul.  A bunch of school groups were just leaving and there were only a few people inside touring.  I had never been inside the Capitol, so it was interesting for me.  I didn't grow up in Minnesota, so I didn't visit it as a kid in school.  Of course I admired the different rocks that were used in the construction of the place.  The sculpture outside and the dome inside were undergoing renovations, so we could see scaffolding around there.  We wandered the rotunda then went upstairs and peered inside the House Chamber and the Senate Chamber (a tour group was in the third chamber).  They offer tours during certain times of the day, so I'm sure we would have learned a lot more.  But inside was quite beautiful and well worth the stop.
view up from rotunda
  As we left, Harriet looked over at a nearby building and asked what it was.  I looked over and replied that it was the Judicial building.   She was impressed...until she saw that it was written on the building.  We laughed and I said I learned that in college (how to read signs).

We stopped for lunch at Paisano's - a pizza place I like, then drove over to the St. Paul Cathedral.  I couldn't figure out why the traffic was so horrible at 2:30 on a Friday!  Then we figured out it was all the people going to the Good Friday service at the Cathedral.  When we finally got near the parking lot, it was completely full, as were the parking spots on the streets.  We just pulled over to take some photos then drove down along the river.  The road was closed partway down from flooding of the Mississippi River.  We decided to stop at Caribou for coffee.  On my way into the parking lot, I hit the curb.  Harriet asked if I also learned that in college.  Ha ha!  That was just the beginning of a long day filled with laughter and good times. 

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School tours at the capitol
School tours at the capitol
view of St. Paul Cathedral from th…
view of St. Paul Cathedral from t…
view up from rotunda
view up from rotunda
marble arch entryway
marble arch entryway
view to second floor
view to second floor
looking up at dome
looking up at dome
marble columns to second level
marble columns to second level
ceiling
ceiling
view across second level toward Se…
view across second level toward S…
floor of rotunda
floor of rotunda
House Chamber
House Chamber
Lady slippers (Minnesota state flo…
Lady slippers (Minnesota state fl…
house chamber gate
house chamber gate
Senate Chamber gate
Senate Chamber gate
Senate Chamber
Senate Chamber
history of the capitol building
history of the capitol building
front of capitol
front of capitol
scaffolding on the capitol
scaffolding on the capitol
St. Paul Cathedral
St. Paul Cathedral
Saint Paul
photo by: mahoney