Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta soldiers, China

One of the goals of this project was to learn more about the city I live in. Oftentimes, you’re never a tourist in your hometown and you can miss out on really cool stuff. I’ve tried to unearth city treasures of both familiar landmarks and relatively unknown markers. Today, my family and I toured the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Surprisingly, the museum was busier than a nightclub. It’s awesome, and it’s free (aside from the special exhibit). Some of my favorite sections were the Egyptian art and European paintings including Van Gogh and Monet.

Today’s special exhibit hearkened from China:  Near the unexcavated tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China, lays an extraordinary underground treasure: an entire army of life-size terracotta soldiers and horses, interred for more than 2,000 years.

For the past 37 years, archaeologists have been excavating a 22-square-mile area, recovering about 1,900 soldiers and horses of an estimated 7,000 buried in the tomb pits. Eight terracotta tomb warriors and two horses were on display in Minneapolis, and suffice it to say the attention to detail and individual craftsmanship was awe-inspiring.  Photographs weren’t allowed so instead I took a photo of a replica of the ten-foot-long bronze chariots, each drawn by four bronze horses. I love history.

January 2nd, 2013|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Terracotta Warriors

Toasty Fire

Target Plaza Commons

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Since we’ve no place to go (on this Friday before Christmas weekend), I guess I’ll work.

December 31st, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Toasty Fire

Front Window View

Nicollet Ave, Brit's

A view of Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis and Vincent’s and also Brit’s Pub from the window of Target Plaza Commons.

December 31st, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Front Window View

Toy Shop

Macy's Minneapolis holiday display

Elves working in the toy shop at Macy’s.

December 29th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Toy Shop

Do Re Tree

Macy's Minneapolis Christmas display

Dayton’s, er Marshall Field’s, I mean Macy’s holiday display on the 8th floor of the Minneapolis store.

Macy's Christmas display, Minneapolis

December 29th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Do Re Tree

And it snowed & it snowed

Pine tree with snow

It snowed for practically 24 hours. On the plus side, my snow blower works.

December 29th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on And it snowed & it snowed



It wasn’t the first nor the second time, nor the fourth or fifth, but the eighth time I reckon that I’d seen the Holidazzle parade roll down Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. And it was every bit as much fun to watch (and as cold) as every year I can remember.


December 28th, 2012|Minneapolis|1 Comment

Skyway Art


I walk past this wall art on my skyway walk between office buildings and to my favorite coffee place (when I need an afternoon pick-me-up!)

December 26th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Skyway Art

Minneapolis Grain Exchange

Minneapolis Grain Exchange

No wheat, no barley, no corn nor oats, the only thing being traded today on the floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange is creative ideas.

December 21st, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Minneapolis Grain Exchange

Christmas at Capella Tower

Capella Tower Christmas tree

Christmas tree in the lobby of Capella Tower.

December 21st, 2012|General, Minneapolis|Comments Off on Christmas at Capella Tower