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The first week in August, I visited two close friends and went sightseeing in the Twin Cities Area (St Paul & Minneapolis). I had five packed days with Shawn and Don.

On Wednesday, Shawn meets me at the huge "St Paul - Minneapolis International Airport". We spend the afternoon at the world's largest mall - Mall of America. Here, I had a late lunch at Little Tokyo (food Court), we walked through / around Knott's Camp Snoopy and visited the Lego Imagination Center. That evening, we rode a 1900's streetcar on the mile-long "Como-Harriet Streetcar line". It is a nice ride through the woods between two large lakes south of downtown Minneapolis.

Most of the next day we spent at the Minnesota Zoo. Our zoo stay started with a Dolphin Show at Discovery Bay "Aquarium". Next we walked the Safari-like Northern Trail. Here we saw Bison, Amour tiger, Asian wild horses and other animals. We stopped at the new "Family Farm". The zoo visit ended with walking the indoor Tropics and Minnesota "animals" trails. The Minnesota Zoo is interesting, but I think Omaha has a better zoo.

Later that afternoon, we visited the beautiful nearly 100 years "Cathedral of Saint Paul" in Downtown St Paul.

On Friday, our tour of downtown St. Paul continued with a morning tour of the Minnesota State Capitol and lunch in capitol's basement "Rathskeller cafe". After Lunch, we went to the new riverfront "Science Museum of Minnesota" . Here we visited the Mississippi River Gallery with Towboat and the Dinosaurs displays. Also we enjoyed eye tricks in the "Perception Theater" and a muilt-media 3d laser show "Web of Life". Mid-afternoon, we walked a few blocks to view the restored Old Federal Courts building, the "Landmark Center".

The afternoon ended with visiting the "Trains at Bandana" - a 30's-50's era "0"-scale layout by the Twin City Model Railroad club. This layout features twin cities railroad landmarks including the vary building it's housed in - A former Northern Pacific cars repair shops.

That Evening Shawn took to my other friend Don.

Most of Saturday, Don's family and I spent on the Minneapolis Riverfront. We hikeed the 2-mile long "Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail", which included a walk across the "Stone Arch Bridge"- a historical railroad bridge. From one side of bridge, we enjoyed the view of St Anthony Falls and the other side, the Washburn Mill ruins (soon will be a Museum). After lunch, we visited "Our Lady of Lourdes Church" - the oldest church in twin cities.

My Last day in the twins Cities, Sunday, we attended the Sunday service at Wooddale Church. After Lunch, off to the airport for my flight home. My plane was 3 hour late and this give me time to walk around and view historical airplanes at various spots throughout the "St Paul - Minneapolis International Airport".

For Information on ...


Downtown Minneapolis
Greater Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association
Photo Tour of Minneapolis


City of Saint Paul
I love Saint Paul
Saint Paul Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chuck Roberts / TwinCityPage.com Photos of Minneapolis & St Paul

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