See: Iowa State Capitol (It’s the only five-domed capitol in the country – with a central dome modeled after the Invalides in Paris. We opted for the self-guided tour, although longer guided tours are available free of charge. Note: the Library is not to be missed)
See: Des Moines Art Center (expansive permanent collection of modern art in addition to touring exhibitions – currently Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s large format art installations)
Do: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (domed conservatory – new outdoor gardens will open in Summer 2014)
Drink: Exile Brewing Company (recently opened brewery in the downtown area)
Drink: El Bait Shop (a beer drinker’s paradise – 100 beers on tap and over 120 in bottles!)
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- 07.19.22 : Buckingham Palace in London on the hottest day in British history.07.28.22 : Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile leads from the hilltop Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Hollyrood House. Queen Elizabeth’s coffin was escorted up this street today (09.12.22) from the palace to St Giles cathedral (second pic).07.25.22 : Rain-slicked streets met blue skies on our first evening in Inverness. With about 48,000 people, it is the largest city in the Scottish Highlands and is considered the region’s cultural capital.07.25.22 : Loch Ness, Scotland. No monsters to report that day.07.25.22 : That Scottish green though… Overlooking the Scottish Highlands from Suidhe Viewpoint near Loch Ness.07.26.22 : Making friends with the Scottish locals. Highland cattle originated in northern Scotland and the Hebrides Islands. Their wooly hair is great for withstanding the cool, rainy and windy conditions of the region and also gives them an epic set of bangs.