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ONLY Seville, Spain tops Detroit as a city to visit in 2018. Lonely Planet is the largest travel publisher in the world. They point to the River Front Walk and goovy hotels as places of interest in the city.

When you visit our comeback city, here’s what I recommend:

Yes, River Front views. Try Belle Isle, The Detroit Yacht club or walk along the Detroit River (River Walk). How about lunch at the Rattlesnake Club? Great Riverfront views!

Henry Ford Village and Museum. This is the premier historical museum and outdoor experience in the U.S. And a huge IMAX theater and tours of the Ford Rouge Plant. Don’t miss these when you visit.

Eastern Market. A huge and historic market with vendors of all kinds from crafts to local produce. Restaurants, bars and more. This venue was last featured on this blog July 14, 2014. Put Eastern Market in the search box and the story will appear.

Detroit Institute of Arts. Again, a beautiful, historic and outstanding place to view with a huge variety of wonderful art. The current exhibit is Monet: Framing Life and includes some of Monet’s earliest works. “Woman With A Parasol “ is on loan from the National Gallery.

And for Sports Fans – Detroit is the ultimate Sports Town.
Comerica Park.
This place is marvelous. A ball park you will love whether or not you like baseball.

Ford Field is home to the Lions.

Little Caesars Arena is set to open this week and will host Red Wings Hockey. I believe a Kid Rock concert is the first event. These three arenas have been built in the same area of the city.

And the Detroit Pistons have just announced they will move back downtown from Pontiac.

In other big Detroit News, Mark Wahlberg, movie star and producer, who has made many movies in Detoroit and has a restaurant in Greektown (another area to visit), is opening Wahlburgers in Royal Oak as part of the new shopping development near Beaumont Hospitals. Another don’t miss stop on your Detroit visit.

Detroit has its share of great burgers. The Chew’s Michael Symon has two B Spot Burgers in the metro area as well as a nifty restaurant downtown. His restaurants were first in his hometown Cleveland, but he is a Detroit fan, too. Read about B Spot Burgers, Brews and BBQ on this blog, posted May, 2014 and later when he opened another in Royal Oak. Use the search box to find these posts. As this picture of him with his big smile indicates, he was totally gracious and allowed me to interview him when he was in town for the opening.

Yes, there are other truly beautiful sights: Cranbrook Gardens, Pewabic Pottery, Sommerset Mall, The Fisher Theater and many more. Do tell your favorite.

Come visit and give me a call!

STILL THINKING OF NASHVILLE And what to see next time

Interior of the Historic Ryman Auditorium

Historic Ryman Auditorium – 116 5th Ave.
This venue offers a self-guided tour of the interior. There are exhibits, a gift shop a dynamite video, and other opportunities to enjoy this first-on-the-list Nashville attraction. Concerts are also held here. With amazing acoustics, this auditorium in recognized as the Carnegie Hall of the South.

The Grand Ole Opry
What a gorgeous place. The guided back stage tour is a must!

Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion – 1700 Acklen Ave. on the campus of Belmont University
This ornate Italianate villa contains some of the history of Nashville. It was built by the beautiful Adelicia Acklen a very wealthy woman of the mid 19th century. The architecture and furnishings are true to the period and most interesting.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Explore the museum which honors classic and current artists. Charlie Daniels calls it an “unending history book, a story that will go on as long as young men and women have a desire in their hearts and fire in their bellies.” Shop the museum store or eat in one of three eateries. On my list for my next visit. 222 Fifth Street South

The Belle Mead Neighborhood home to the Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Pike, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, 1200 Forest Park Drive.
Next time.

Tootsie’s Bar

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 422 Broadway
Good music and just plain fun!

Bluebird Café 4140 Hillsboro Pike
A next time must: Free on Friday nights the show features up and comers and hit-makers. You saw it on the TV show “Nashville.”

And while I’m on Hillsboro Pike, I won’t miss author Ann Patchett’s Bookstore
Parnassus Books
Located a 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14 this is an extraordinary place for those who love books. Next time, for sure!

And one more:

The General Jackson Showboat Boat Tour
This departs from Gaylord Opryland Cumberland River Dock, 2812 Opryland Drive
Food and entertainment, but the tour is dockside? What’s up with that? Maybe this deserves to be at the end of the list or maybe it’s a fascinating venue.


Some photos in this blog courtesy of Pat Unrau

Inside the new Grand Old Opry

Belmont Mansion

the ramp leaving Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Our group rental in a lovely residential neighborhood

garden behind our rental home

Fantastic backstage tour at the Opry. Unfortunately my pictures were not too good. Loved seeing the backstage rooms for performers, simpler than might be expected.

Also a great tour of the Belmont House on the grounds of a beautiful university

Nashville Farmer’s Market

Nashville Hot Chicken

Interior of the Historic Ryman Auditorium

Many thanks to our crazy fun college friends group for great times: Lana, Susan, Pat, Ina Jane and Pam. Friends forever!


SO MUCH FUN in Nashville. Picture taking suffered. Thanks to all of you who keep viewing and reading this blog.

Nine readers correctly identified the city of Nashville.

Here are the winners of lightly used fiction. Books will be mailed next week.

Judith Vitali – Connecticut
Susan Cebelinski – Minnesota
Mary Ann Krengel – Michigan
Jan Heystek – Michigan
Nancy Skadden – Florida
Mary Ann Phimister – Michigan
Karen Kozian – Michigan
Judy Tolley – Alaska
Nellie Moran – Michigan



The state in the posting: INDIANA


A new contest. Guess the American City. Up to 10 winners. The first ten replies that guess the city correctly will win a fiction book. Books will be sent next week. Contest ends Friday night Sept. 29 at midnight.


Go for it.

Guess the American city in the following pictures.