A Saturday in Springfield

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The Old State Capitol Building

This was the first weekend I'd spent in Springfield for awhile, so I took advantage of my free day to see some more of the city's sights.   Even though the weather wasn't the greatest (spitting snow, drizzling sleet, darn-right cold temperature), I didn't want to miss out on the day.

I thought I better start with the Old State Capitol, since I work at the current Capitol Building.  I entered the building and was greeted by an overly-eager, and super-friendly volunteer, Bill.  He showed me around the lower-level, telling me stories -- the best one, he showed me a stack of paperwork tied together with red cotton-binding.  When someone would go to retrieve the files and look through them, the person had to 'cut through the red tape'.

.. hence, the popular remark about government bureaucracy.  The official guide had arrived by the time I was ready to go upstairs, so he led me through the Senate and House Chambers.  This House is where Abraham Lincoln served in the state legislature.  His seat, third one over, is marked with a replica tophat.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Old State Capitol; I learned A LOT, but it was fun.

I then went to the Botanical Gardens at Washington Park for their poinsettia display.  Hundreds of beautiful flowers are arranged for the holiday and so many different varieties -- I didn't know there were orange poinsettias.  This didn't take long, and since I'd got a later start on the day than what I had intended, I went to Yanni's Gyros for a late lunch.  I LOVE Greek food, and this place is quite a find! I had wanted to try it out since I've moved here (it was one of the first places I'd looked up to see if Greek food even existed in Springfield) and time has gotten away.  It wasn't until today that I made it a point to go (when I actually travel somewhere, I make sure I know a restaurant to try, so why should this be any different?)  I got the gyro, which was excellent.  It was a decent-size sandwich and I just kept eating!  The tzatziki sauce was creamy and delicious, too.

Another day in Springfield, and I accomplished a few things off my must-do list!

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The Old State Capitol Building
The Old State Capitol Building
The red cotton binding
The red cotton binding
The first state library.
The first state library.
Senate Chambers
Senate Chambers
Spittoons underneath most of the d…
Spittoons underneath most of the …
This wooden chain was carved out o…
This wooden chain was carved out …
The House Chambers
The House Chambers
Abraham Lincolns seat is third fr…
Abraham Lincoln's seat is third f…
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