I started out traveling from my home in Washington, DC, to Betty JoDee's home in Pennsylvania. She has a lovely, sunny corner in her manse where she can sit quietly and do her embroidery while the children play around her feet. This little workbasket holds her threads and yarns. (Probably -- it's not like I'm going to look in it.)
Next up: Detroit. I loved Detroit, and plan to go back to get a look inside the art institute there, which is gorgeous on the outside. That's in the Midtown neighborhood; Downtown has Tigers Stadium (and Lions, but I didn't feel like walking extra blocks in the wrong direction) and an Alpine-style pub/restaurant that felt Austrian enough to make Magic in Vienna a reasonable choice.
|Ironically, MinV is one of the few with no pets.|
|Here are a few tigers for Cordelia & Charles.|
|The Millenium Bell - I love public sculpture.|
|More Salzburg then Vienna, really|
Then I was off to Chicago, where Sarah and Hugo enjoyed the view from my friend's high-rise apartment (most Betty heroines are, I know, at least a bit squeamish about heights, but not Sarah Ann if I recall aright.)
Serendipity brought me to the Lyndon Bridge in rural Illinois, over the Rock River. It was threatened with demolition, so people from near and far chipped in to preserve it. Donors got metal plaques affixed to the bridge's wooden planks. Most just said the donor's or honoree's name, but some went farther.
|The bridge now connects a swathe of cornfields to a smallish residential cluster, edged by cornfields.|
|Jenny & Eduard climbed at least one tower to be together.|
Elk Horn, Iowa, is home to the not-exactly-world-famous Danish windmill. Beatrice and Oliver visit Copenhagen!
|Scale model of windmill|
|Plus they have an electric-car charging station!|
Iowa City is mostly just home to the University of Iowa, and surrounded by... cornfields! I went to the semi-Amish village of Kalona for the fall festival in a very light drizzle. The talent show featured many teen and pre-teen girls in spangled leotards -- would Betty approve? The Amish were not wearing leotards.
|Not a fraternity house; a sorority house. Never While the Grass Grows is perched on a not-quite-empty soda bottle I had to travel to find; Pi Alpha Phi takes its landscaping seriously.|
|A housing co-op. I did not live in anything like this in my student days.|
|Home to the world-famous Iowa Writers' Workshop.|
|For sale at Kalona Visitors' Center, and really beautifully made.|
|The mighty Mo and I are buddies of long standing.|