A tour of The Twin Cities -Minneapolis and St Paul's then Mall of America
Today we had a very late start with a tour of the cities starting at 9.00am.
Minneapolis, nicknamed "City of Lakes" and the "Mill City," is the county seat of Hennepin County, the largest city in the state of Minnesota, and the 48th largest in the United States. Its name is attributed to the city's first schoolteacher, who combined mni, a Dakota Sioux word for water, and polis, the Greek word for city.
As of 2011, the estimated population of the city of Minneapolis is 387,753. Minneapolis lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. Known as the Twin Cities, Minneapolis–Saint Paul is the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the U.S., with the area containing approximately 3.3 million residents.
The city is abundantly rich in water, with twenty lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Among cities of similar densities, Minneapolis has the most dedicated parkland. It was once the world's flour milling capital and a hub for timber, and today is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle, with Minneapolis proper containing the fifth highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.
The park Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11 acre (45,000 m²) park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the United States. It is located near the Walker Art Center, which operates it in coordination with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. It is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country, with 40 permanent art installations and several other temporary pieces that are moved in and out periodically.
The centerpiece of the garden is the Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985–1988) water sculpture designed by husband and wife Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
Our next stop was St Paul's Church. A lumber millionaire offered the church a quarter of a million to build a little church. The Archbishop turned it down and went on to build this massive church across the road from the millionaire's house and dwarfed what was previously the largest mansion in town.
Our next stop was to see the Capitol Building in Minneapolis. Across the road from it was a park honouring one of their favourite sons, Vice President Hubert H Humphrey who was VP to LBJ.
In the afternoon, we headed out to the fabulous MALL OF AMERICA, the largest shopping mall in the United States, featuring more than 400 specialty
stores as well as several large retailers.