City Sights

Not all the sights, but a few. It is a good-sized city, after all. It will take me time to explore it more thoroughly.

These are from last Thursday, when it was still warm enough to scooter. Friday morning, it was chilly, and Sunday morning, colder still. Weather extremes are common in the Upper Midwest; climate change only underscores that.

St Paul is full of interesting architecture. 

St Paul Archite ture 7.25.13 sm

 

The detail on this building is amazing! They really cannot build like this anymore, so I hope the city takes steps to preserve these gorgeous structures. You owe it to yourself to click on the original size and look at how this was built. The beading in the arches blows me away, and what about near the top? How did they do that?

St Paul Architecture Detail 7.25.13 sm

 

Here’s a sight that makes everyone smile when they see it, it’s so incongruous. Surrounded by tall buildings, some modern, some old, like the one above, it stands out as something unique.

From Wiki: Mickey’s Diner is an art deco-styleddining car restaurant located in downtown Saint PaulMinnesota, at 36 West 7th Street. It was prefabricated in 1937 by the Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey; shipped to Saint Paul by rail; and installed just before World War II. Measuring just 50 feet long by 10 feet wide, the 24-hour diner has operated non-stop since it first opened according to employees. In 1983, the diner was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the only building of its kind in the state of Minnesota.

Mickey's Diner 7.25.13 sm

 

I love the look of Seventh Place. It’s Parisian in presentation, from the outdoor dining to the fairy lights in the trees. The woman walking the dog was a perfect touch, as dogs are welcome in Paris cafes.

Seventh Place Mall 7.25.13 sm

 

I worked this weekend, doing some freelance editing, and it was too chilly to ride through St Paul on the scooter. The weekend is the best time; far less traffic, both car and pedestrian. I’m hoping for a warm-up next Saturday.

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14 Responses to City Sights

  1. Allison says:

    You really should contact Minneapolis’s Commerce Committee or Tourism Bureau with your photos. I’ve never really wanted to visit but your pictures make me think it would be a wonderful place to go see (in the summer 😉 )!

  2. Judy says:

    Gotta agree with Allison, beautiful pics (but then you never disappoint 😉 )
    If I had the time and money … and someone to take care of my dogs ….

  3. Gorgeous urban photography, Theo. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sarah_Madison says:

    Oh what a *picturesque* city! I’m so glad you shared these photographs with us–they are simply lovely. I also love how you captured the “Paris feel’ here too. Very nice indeed!

  5. It’s probably quite ordinary but it does offer a few really nice things, like unusual architecture. There is also a very nice park right in town. I’ve taken pics of it, but I’m not yet satisfied with what I’ve captured. I intend to keep trying.

  6. Dani says:

    lovely !

  7. Lindsaysf says:

    I too am inspired to visit someday. Watch out! You may get a deluge of us admirers!

  8. diannegray says:

    Wonderful photography, Theo! This place looks amazing 😀

  9. W. Lotus says:

    That first building is incredible!!!!!!!

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