Friday, April 10, 2015

The Stone Arch Bridge

You never know when you're going to have a good time. (like last Summer) We decided to go for a walk after having a brew and some Cajun 2 Geaux (my favorite food truck) at the popular 612 brew.  We decided to wander around at the Stone Arch Bridge. The balloon guy didn't disappoint! 

I like how the blurry guy is looking up in amazement.

Dean is looking down with unknown thoughts.

I never tire of looking at the skyline.

Drying his wings almost out of my photo range.

Something old.

And bold colors!  I love this capture.

The evening glow is starting to illuminate.

And reflect.

There were interesting sculptures of some historic buildings on our tour.

This might be one of the most interesting art installations I've seen around town.  There were at least a dozen or more historic replicas.  Yup, you never know what you'll run into when you take a walking photo safari.

A classic shot of the bridge taken a few years ago.

5 random things I love about downtown Minneapolis.  But not for Random 5 Friday.  
That ship has sailed yet again.  Geez.

1)  In the winter you can walk in the skyways.  It is a lot more fun than mall walking.  Because you are rewarded with glimpses of the busy streets and downtown architecture every time you cross one.

2)  The Oceanaire has a great happy hour.  It includes Filet Mignon sliders, cajun shrimp with cheesy grits and a James Bond Martini.  Yum!

3)  Or (unrelated to downtown) how about a Vesper?  "I never have more than one drink before dinner.  But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made"  James Bond in Casino Royale, 1967  Bond switches to martinis after his Bond girl du jour Vesper meets her maker.

"The Vesper"
3 ounces gin
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce blonde Lillet

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with a large, thin slice of lemon peel. Why?  Because that's the way Bond liked it.

4)  The farmer's market on Nicollet.  Since my husband works right by it he can easily pick up fresh vegetables and other local products.  Opening soon!

5)  When I meet my husband for lunch I can get a great cupcake at Cocoa and Fig.  It's right next door!


Linda M. Carmean said...

Your photos are really awesome! The cormorant is wonderful, and I love the reflection shot. But they were all intriguing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Save me a seat at the Oceanaire! Wow -- you are a walking talking advertisement for Minneapolis. I want to fly there this instant (is the snow all gone yet?). Loved the bubble guy (that blurry guy would be me, except I'm a girl). Loved the whole post.

theartofpuro said...

Great photos :)

Linda Hensley said...

I especially like the yellowish shot of the man walking in the cube. Very cool, and I like how you captured the bubble colors too. Who knew Minneapolis was so pretty?!

DJan said...

I had one of the giant soap bubble things long ago. You awakened some old memories. And I love all your pictures, but that last one is really special to me. :-)

eileeninmd said...

Awesome series of images.. The bubbles are cool, I love all the pretty colors.. The Cormorant is great. And the views of the bridges and city building are wonderful.. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful set of photos!

Anni said...

Marvelous post...from the giant bubbles to the spotted cormorant nearly hidden in the trees.

Bridge is beautiful too.

Stewart M said...

That shot of the guy in the office is wonderful.

And I like the bubbles as well!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow!! Cool photos,,,we loved the big bubble.

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Such awesome photos Sharon, Love those bubbles - am sure it would have been fun to see them in person! And yes, love that pic where a man in walking inside the building or is it a room?

Anonymous said...

Fabulous shots of the bubbles!

TexWisGirl said...

those historical markers are the coolest i've ever seen! lots of people-watching opportunities there.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. Those balloons are interesting.

Lady Lilith said...

Bubbles are so much fun. Thanks for sharing the great photograph.

Margaret Adamson said...

what a greatvariety of shots in this post. Great photosoffences, refelctions and the Corormant.