WOW What a day!! Busy, busy, busy, busy
Another great day spent with mom. We walked and walked and walked.
We started off with a delicious breakfast of french toast with fruit and bacon. Fresh squeeze orange juice, coffee. Very very good.
We left The New Victorian Mansion Bed & Breakfast around 1030a. We headed to The Cathedral of St. Paul. MASSIVE Catholic cathedral. Gorgeous stained glass. Paintings. Peaceful. Quiet. Reflective. Not being religious it makes you think. I spent almost 2 hours in there taking photos, looking around, reading about the cathedral. *side note we were just at a tour of Jame Hill house and were told the Archdiocese just filed for bankruptcy*
From the Cathedral we headed to the James Hill’s mansion. We watch a short 10 minute video and learned about him, his wife and their 10 children; 7 girls and 3 boys. One baby girl died in infancy. We looked at three rooms then signed up for a tour later in the evening. Off to the capitol building. This is THE FIRST capitol building I have ever been in. It was very cool. Say the Senate, Congress and Supreme Court. The marble was crazy. It is from all over the world. And again a lot of photos.
Downtown St. Paul is nothing what I was expecting. There is nothing but businesses. We were looking for someplace to eat and it seriously took forever. Like, where do the business people eat? In their cafeterias?? We finally found a bar and stopped in there on our way to Union Depot. The Bulldog Lowerton. Hole-in-the-wall bar. Good food and GREAT tater tots.
After lunch we made it to Union Depot. Train, bus station. There was NO BODY there. Completely empty at 330p. Very creepy and very strange. I was expecting something along the lines of Grand Central but NOTHING, NADA, NO ONE. VERY. CREEPY.
We walked all the way back to the B&B. Rested for a little bit then headed back to James Hill’s mansion for the behind the scenes tour. The Nooks & Crannies tour. This mansion though. W H O A!! We saw a lot. The kitchen, the servants quarters, the bedrooms, the dining room(s), hidden passages, 22 fireplaces, and a bunch of other rooms. There were SO MANY storage places.
Such a busy walking day and a fun day.
Looking forward to tomorrow.