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North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 10th 2021

I did not plan much for the last day and I should have. Our flight was not until 4:15, but I didn’t’ really know what else to do. We slept in a bit, then checked out and stored our luggage. The only real thing on the schedule was breakfast at Hudson Café, a Detroit breakfast institution. It was close so we walked. The weather has been just fantastic, cool in the mornings, low humidity, and a nice breeze most of the day. The only rain was the thunderstorm our first night here. We had the foresight to make a reservation, without one the wait was over an hour long. The place is small, but they pack them in. No Covid distancing here. We got a table in the back by the kitchen, which was fun because ... read more
Voodoo Benedicts

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 9th 2021

Another early start to the day, up at 6:30 to do some work and have a staff meeting via Teams. No breakfast this morning as we were still pretty full from the beef from last night. Coffee and a strong one was in order. The coffee bar downstairs, while they use Starbucks, still make a good strong latte. The baristas are also very friendly. Today’s itinerary consists of 2 museums’, the Ford Piquette Plant and the Detroit Historical Museum. If the Qline would have been running it would take us to both places, but the number 4 bus does as well. The bus system here is horrible, no social distancing (but they require masks) and they just do not keep to any kind of real schedule. We have waited up to 20 to 30 minutes for ... read more
Restored Model T
Fired Artichokes
Detroiter

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 8th 2021

Up at 6:30 to do some work before we are off for the day. The coffee in the room is pretty decent for hotel coffee, but of course you only get enough to make a cup a piece unless you want decaf, and what is the point of that. Ordered breakfast from the restaurant downstairs, no room service, so just went to pick it up. Decent menu, but very hung up on American cheese. Jerry had yogurt parfait and a stale croissant and I had a Cuban Bagel (ham, pork carnitas, fried egg and gruyere cheese on a bagel). The sandwich was good, but the bagel was not really a bagel, more like a bagel shaped hamburger bun. I spent a couple of hours getting some work done, then we headed out for the day. In ... read more
Portrait of Thomas Jefferson
Van Gough
Art Nouveau - Mirror

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit September 7th 2021

This is our first real trip since Covid, yes, we had our Fall Foliage trip, but I couldn’t really see and was in pain most of the time; and then there was the trip to Block Island that wasn’t but ended up being 5 days in Portland, Maine (never really a bad thing. But this, this is our first trip on a plane since Covid. You would think that nothing ever happened, the plane was booked, O’Hare was crowded as ever. The only real difference was that everyone had a mask on. This was also our first flight out of T.F. Green Airport in Providence (actually its in Warwick). It is literally the easiest airport to fly out of. No line to check out bag, TSA precheck, again no line. The normal security check didn’t even ... read more
La Dolce Vita
Gamberi LDV
A good wind for a good meal

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit October 11th 2019

Travel day at last. The itinerary is Savannah to Detroit which was a good flight. Now there’s a 4 hour layover which gives me time to think about what I’ve inevitably forgotten and see if I can think of any additional supplies that might be needed and are available at the super inflated airport prices. Next flight is Detroit to Seoul South Korea - a nice 13+ hour flight, which I’m still hoping that the middle seat is still unoccupied. I’ll be hoping against the Eastern European weight lifter with an asthmatic service animal who loves misses seats. Once there, the next flight is on to Bangkok. Not sure if it’s 4 or 6 hours, and at that point it really doesn’t matter. Local time in Bangkok is 11 hours ahead of East coast time. Added ... read more

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit May 27th 2018

Think of it as the world's largest jet ski. Powered by four giant diesel engine driven jet skis (requiring 20,000 horsepower) the ferry scoots across Lake Michigan in a couple of hours. We took it in the early morning to Oskegon MI, and then drove on to Detroit. David came and found us at Dearborn, and took us into the city. It is so close to Canada you can almost touch it. The city is all concrete and steel, not very pedestrian oriented which is perhaps appropriate for what used to be the center of car manufacturing in the country. GM has a prize spot for its headquarters, right on the river separating us from Canada. We walked through a park, and took a train around town, and then had a great BBQ dinner at Slow's ... read more
Land of Harley still with us
Jeep Cherokee boards the ferry
Jet Ski wash destroys the early morning calm at the yacht club

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit October 24th 2017

Geo: 42.3316, -83.0478... read more

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit June 14th 2017

It was cool in the room when we woke up this morning, a good sign that we still had electricity. We didn't have far to go today as we only planned to visit the Henry Ford Museum and luckily it was only 2 miles away. We slept in as best we could and after a quick breakfast we set out for the Ford. We arrived just as it was opening and looked at the myriad of options. There are basically 4 sections to the complex. The Ford Museum of Innovation, Greenfield Village, F150 Assembly Plant Tour, and the Giant Screen which was really an iMax. Since we were only here one day and didn't want to feel too rushed, we chose the Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. We saw the Corvette Assembly tour a number of ... read more
Greenfield Village - Pottery Shop
Greenfield Village - Glass Shop
Greenfield Village - Model T Rides

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit June 13th 2017

Our second day in Dearborn started out strangely. As I was waking up, I noticed that the room was a little warm, and made a mental note to be sure and turn down the A/C tomorrow night. Jody woke up, headed to the bathroom and yelled back that the lights were out in the bathroom. As we both looked around, it was evident that there was no electricity in the entire room, and a peek out the door showed the emergency lights were on in the hall. There was no electricity in the entire hotel! Jody's big concern was with the availability of coffee, of course. So while she headed down to the lobby in search, I headed into the shower in the dark before we ran out of hot water. Jody came back with the ... read more
Detroit Institute of Art - Jody At The Big Candle
Detroit Institute of Art - Outside Sculpture
Detroit Institute of Art - Native American Coat

North America » United States » Michigan » Detroit November 9th 2016

Geo: 42.3316, -83.0478Checked in at Metro Airport. Relaxing in Delta Sky Club waiting for our flight to Paris. Can't wait to be in Paris again.... read more




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