Sight Seeing in Kansas City:

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Bill, Me, Shawn and Yadi

WWI memorial: The tour of the National World War 1 memorial in Kansas City on June 21, was not exactly a guided tour as we were pressed for time and were in a hurry to have breakfast. Our host and guide Mark (www.travbuddy.com/travelman727),  told us we would stop by briefly for a photo shoot and then move on to the fountains before breakfast. Of course I was one of those who was dying to eat so I kept asking where we would have breakfast. I would have loved to know more about the memorial as well as have the opportunity to go into the museum. But Mark indicated we would need paid passes and more time to do so. We settled for photos and left a little after 30 minutes up there. By this time, we id not have all confirmed TB members with us, at the memorial were RJ (www.travbuddy.com/rj1982ster), who gladly agreed to take photos for me as I did not have my huge DVD recorder that replaced my stolen camera.

Shaun (www.travbuddy.com/geerbox), , Melanie (www.trvbuddy.com/mellemel8),  Erin (www.travbuddy.com/poohstanggt),  James (www.travbuddy.com/pearcetoyou),  Sal (www.travbuddy.com/sincitytraveler), Tim (www.travbuddy.com/TyoungTX),  Will (www.
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I later found out from a security guard at MCI airport that for reasons not well established, Kansas City was chosen to be America's site for the World War I memorial: this despicable war was 1914 and lasted almost four years.

Apparently the United States did not even get into this war until it was almost ended, why? Well one would argue they just like war or making their presence felt. Andrew, the security guy seemed to know plenty about the memorial so I offered to buy Starbucks coffee and hear more about this memorial. My flight was not due for another hour or so.

Andrew, went on to tell me that in the early twenties (please don’t take the dates for gospel truth because I’m only retelling what he told me), Kansas City erected a tower that was almost two hundred feet tall: At the top of it a huge burning flame in commemoration of the fallen soldiers. At the bottom of the tower, a museum was placed with all the earnest telling of the war. He said that the original museum was closed because of some safety issues in the early nineties. But then in the early two thousands the museum was reopened with the help of some great architect from Washington. And now it draws many tourists and families of fallen soldiers every year. Andrew said that in all the years he has visited the site, he has found out that the oldest people who visit the memorial are majority the children of the men who fought WWI.

The WW1 memorial monument
It makes me feel especially privileged to have been there. I must say I hate war and hate the fact that we must resort to war in any case. If you are ever in Kansas City, Missouri make a stop at the memorial, it is located at 100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO.

"The City of Fountains" - Our host Mark (travelman727) id not stop reminding us that Kansas City is the City of fountains and of the fact Kansas City is said to be the home of more fountains in the world, than any city except Rome. Exactly how many fountains Kansas City has I don't know because we did not have enough time to see all of them. But I must say Kudos to Mark because he did his best to make us see a few. My favorite was probably the smallest of them all: a little boy playing with water from a frog/toad's mouth. It was absolutely hilarious. The more popular and most photographed of all Kansas City Fountains is the J C Nichols Memorial Fountain. It is the one outdoor fountain that is the most famous and most frequently photographed.

I could not resist the flowers
The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain was dedicated in 1960, in honor of Jesse Clyde Nichols an important developer whose developments figured prominently into the expansion and appearance of Kansas City. He is also said to be responsible for the Country Club Plaza that is known as the first suburban shopping area in the United States. Mark was generous enough to show us the old Plaza along the way. The four heroic horsemen in the fountain are representative of the rivers of the world. The sculptures were sculpted in Paris. Some of the other fountains include: 1) Crown Center Square Fountain, 2) Thomas H Swope Memorial Fountain, 3) Fire Fighters Fountain, 4) William Volker Memorial Fountain, 5) Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fountain, 6) The Children's Fountain, 7) The Northland Fountain, 8)Women's Leadership Fountain and many others.

Nelson Artkins Museum of Art: Sculpture Park. Apparently this Museum and its park have over 30 sculptures allover the park. We were able to only see 6 of them. I went online to find additional information on the museum because we did not have enough time to tour.

I have always loved art and while in Europe, one of the things I did often was go to art galleries and museums. I found out from the Museum’s official site that the park covers 22 acres and was designed by internationally recognized architects Dan Kiley and Jaquelin Robertson, the Sculpture Park opened in 1989. Located at 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 6411. Telephone:(816) 751-1278 You can also visit the museum website at
www.nelson-artkins.org. I should love to return to Kansas City sometime when I have a little more time on my hands.

Africancrab says:
Hey, I borrowed then from you and the rest of the team, and I finally got those photos from the DVD recorder down loaded, heheheeee!!
Posted on: Aug 12, 2008
geerbox says:
For not having a camera that day, you sure have a lot of photos, haha :)
Posted on: Jul 01, 2008
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Bill, Me, Shawn and Yadi
Bill, Me, Shawn and Yadi
the crew
the crew
The WW1 memorial monument
The WW1 memorial monument
I could not resist the flowers
I could not resist the flowers
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Me at the WW1 monument
Me at the WW1 monument
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Group shot
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Me at the Nichol's memorial fount…
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My favorite fountain of them all:…
The Union station viewd from the n…
The Union station viewd from the …
J C Nichols Memorial Fountain
J C Nichols Memorial Fountain
RJ and Me
RJ and Me
Part of the WW1 memorial
Part of the WW1 memorial
The mourning sphinx by the war mem…
The mourning sphinx by the war me…
The KC group at the WW1 memorial
The KC group at the WW1 memorial
The mourning sphinx
The mourning sphinx
Me, Eric and Yadi at the National …
Me, Eric and Yadi at the National…
just me taking in KC
just me taking in KC
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This was a daring move considerin…
With Shawn
With Shawn
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Keeping our feet up waiting for t…
RJ, me and Shawn
RJ, me and Shawn
Must me
Must me
RJ, Me and Yadi
RJ, Me and Yadi
Shawn
Shawn
Me by the sphinx
Me by the sphinx
The Union Station
The Union Station
Yadi
Yadi
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The union station is quite a land…
All of us by the fountain
All of us by the fountain
RJ & me
RJ & me
KCs most popular fountain
KC's most popular fountain
One of the horses at the fountain
One of the horses at the fountain
The first of the many fountains
The first of the many fountains
The bull at the Plaza
The bull at the Plaza
The Nichols fountain
The Nichols fountain
Me by the fountain
Me by the fountain
Melanie
Melanie
Boy & Frog Sculpture by Italian ar…
Boy & Frog Sculpture by Italian a…
Only Eric can be himself - he coul…
Only Eric can be himself - he cou…
On our way to breakfast at the Pla…
On our way to breakfast at the Pl…
James, Eric, Tim and Bill
James, Eric, Tim and Bill
Neptune godess of the sea
Neptune godess of the sea
Shawn
Shawn
Me and Melanie on the streets
Me and Melanie on the streets
The flowers were so tempting and b…
The flowers were so tempting and …
Entrance of classic cup
Entrance of classic cup
Beautiful statute outside the Clas…
Beautiful statute outside the Cla…
Me
Me
Great architecture
Great architecture
Tim
Tim
Eric and Me
Eric and Me
Tim and Me
Tim and Me
Yadi and Me
Yadi and Me
Sal and I
Sal and I
Viewing the photos we took
Viewing the photos we took
My brakfast of cheese and fruits
My brakfast of cheese and fruits
Yummy
Yummy
The Nelson Artkins Museum of art
The Nelson Artkins Museum of art
stairs of the museum
stairs of the museum
The roman pillars
The roman pillars
thinking with the thinker
thinking with the thinker
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The thinker at the entrance of th…
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Me at the Roman pillars that grac…
Sal
Sal
Eric lifting up the dart
Eric lifting up the dart
Me at the museum
Me at the museum
A view of yet another fountain fro…
A view of yet another fountain fr…
Inside the museum
Inside the museum
An art piece outside of the museum
An art piece outside of the museum
RJ admiring a Monet
RJ admiring a Monet
The boys admiring Monet?
The boys admiring Monet?
Another Monet piece
Another Monet piece
Monet again
Monet again
After the Museum tour we needed a …
After the Museum tour we needed a…
Tim
Tim
Me
Me
At the Nelson-artkins Museum of Art
At the Nelson-artkins Museum of Art
youve gotta love this little guy,…
you've gotta love this little guy…
Street lamps - are they not beauti…
Street lamps - are they not beaut…
love the buildings
love the buildings
Statute of a beautiful woman, look…
Statute of a beautiful woman, loo…
The intercontinental hotel
The intercontinental hotel
This is the fountain that could no…
This is the fountain that could n…