Classic Shot of Downtown Minneapolis
Several years ago, some one published a shot of the Minneapolis skyline from under the Stone Arch Bridge. Since then, It has become somewhat of a popular photographic destination. It is only a matter of time until the city puts a "Scenic Overlook", or in this case a "Scenic Underlook" sign.
Because it has been so widely captured, it is a bit of a challenge to get a unique image that is different from all the others. Adding an element can help.
The classic shot of the city is actually from the other side of the bridge, but we crossed under to get this one. There is a staircase to help you get down there although it is a bit of a workout.
We have a lot of bridges between Minneapolis and St. Paul. They are all different and really great to photograph.
Originally published Jan. 8, 2013
What better way to start the new year off than by talking about something sweet. Should your travels be taking you to NYC, and if you happen to find yourself on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a worthwhile stop to keep the kids or a sweet tooth satisfied and happy.
Dylan is the daughter of famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren (Polo, anyone?). She was one of many childhood dreamers inspired by Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at a young age. Yet, while many pretended to make their own candy bars with the back of the Cap’n Crunch box (mail-in order form) kit that came with chocolate Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompa molds and Wonka Bar candy wrappers, she was one of the few who actually realized her dream by opening a real candy shop in 2001. There are a couple other retail outlets around the states (East Hampton, Houston, LA, and Miami Beach).
Taking a leisurely walk through the 3 level flagship store took my daughter and I at least an hour. It is a visual banquet of color for the eyes and might house one of the largest candy collections in the world. They claim to have over 5,000 types of candy!
One of my favorite items in the store is their line of candy bars. There are over 20 flavors including specialties such as Red Velvet Cake, S’mores, Angel Food Cake, Banana Cream Pie, Dark Raspberry, Brownie Batter, and Bacon. The packaging is fun and colorful and the price is reasonable at 4 bars for $10. I think even Willy Wonka might be envious.
Enjoy this photographic trip that will give you some of the visual stimulation without any of the calories! If you find you are craving something sweet, they offer on-line shopping and shipping for most of their products.
This was actually quite lucky. I’m not sure what happened, but about 10 minutes later the store filled with over 100 people. Maybe a tour bus arrived or something. That’s my daughter holding a NYC pizza.
Steps with candy floating in them!
Notice the wallpaper in the stairwell. It reminds me of the wallpaper from the movie that you can lick. I wonder how many people or kids have tried?
Funny NY Street Signs
Originally published Aug. 11, 2012
These street signs are in New York City and being an out-of-towner, I found them rather humorous.
I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. I had to look it up on the internet. It actually means that there is street cleaning Tues. and Fri. during the designated times and there is no parking on that side of the street then. Maybe it also implies that if people didn't litter, we wouldn't have to impose this no parking time so we can clean the street.
You might be wondering whether this sign can be true “Don’t Honk”. They seem pretty serious about it too since it’s in all capital letters and with a $350 fine. A vehicle’s horn is put there for a good reason, right?
Did I hear any horns honking? Yes, but only a few and I did not see anyone get caught. I can imagine though if they didn’t impose this restriction in Manhattan (seems like a pretty aggressive group of drivers), there would probably be horns going off constantly and the sound might be deafening.
I wonder if people look around them to make sure the coast is clear before they honk? If you come to Minnesota, you can honk the car horn all you like, but people just don’t do it here very much. It must be the Minnesota Nice in us!
Show-Stopping Store Windows
Originally published July 9, 2012
While recently walking the streets of Manhattan, there were two sets of store windows that were so stunning I had to stop, unpack my gear and get to work.
I didn’t realize until I was home that they were the same designer. Hats off to Louis Vuitton for great window displays!
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