Trip to Minneapolis

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We went to Minneapolis in mid-October for a wedding and I could not believe how much fun we had. I had never been to Minneapolis before, but I had spent some long summer weeks in another Minnesota town. Back then, thirteen year old me was not impressed with looking out at soy fields all day. This trip to the land of ten thousand lakes was much more pleasant than that of my youth, however. Of course, having great company to share the adventures with always helps; in this case not only did I have my fiancé as my adventure partner, we also enjoyed the company of some great friends who all traveled from all over the nation to be there for that special day.

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One of the first things that we did was take a walk to the Mississippi River. We were staying in a hotel in downtown Minneapolis and were only a short distance away from Mill Ruins Park and the Stone Arch Bridge.

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The Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse is a particularly beautiful Romanesque structure.

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Here is a glimpse of the wedding venue inside of the Varsity Theater. They had a casual and fun comics and film theme, so we were faced with the dilemma of what to wear! I decided to play it safe with a basic black dress.

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We had the opportunity to do our first photo booth together.

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We discovered this Mary Tyler Moore statue and couldn’t resist striking the pose.

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Being the children at heart that we are, we spent a lot of time at the Lego store in the Mall of America. It turns out that with some concentration it’s not so difficult to find out what mini-figs are in the secret packages – I found the exact ones I was looking for. Robot lady and yeti are now happily living in our bookcase.

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The Mall of America now stands on what used to be Metropolitan Stadium, home of the Twins and Vikings before the Metrodome.

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That seat on the wall marks the spot where the longest home run hit at the stadium landed.

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Here is James outside of the current home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field. Not only are the Twins James’ favorite team, but he happens to be an identical twin himself (and yes, I can tell them apart – duh).

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This very large spoon in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden must have been built for the purpose of taking photos like this one.

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On the trip back we found out that Snoopy’s creator is actually from Minnesota! Snoopy and the Peanuts gang are all very special to us so we couldn’t have been more thrilled. It just goes to show that no matter where you go, there’s a good chance you’ll make some fun new discoveries, and of course great memories too.

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