Just south of Chicago the highway passes through Gary, Indiana. It is not at all picturesque. It's one of those places you wish you didn't even have to drive through. We arrived in Detroit well before check-in time so we left our car at the B&B and walked to the nearby Detroit Institute of Arts.
We wanted to see the Diego Rivera Murals and were very pleasantly surprised by the other great artwork and the descriptions throughout this teaching museum. We especially enjoyed the many displays that featured the nearby work with areas highlighted and notes about a particular design aspect. Diego's Detroit Industry fresco cycle is his tribute to the city's manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. It is considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States, and Diego is said to have considered it the best work of his career. Personally the ones in Mexico City have more appeal to me.
Dinner was Greek at a restaurant, Santorini Estiatorio, in Greektown. We found the restaurant on-line and later discovered it was hidden by a large casino. Parking was easy though. For dinner we had Keftethakia (spiced meatballs with pita bread) followed by Pastisio (macaroni, bechamel sauce and spiced meat) and Kefta Kabab (served as a sandwich) and a fine bottle of red wine Nemea Greece (an Aghiorghitiko 2010 from Domain Skouras St. George).
|The Inn on Ferry Street...4 historic houses plus two carriage houses|
The museum contains many rare exhibits including John F. Kennedy's presidential limousine, Abraham Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theatre, Thomas Edison's laboratory, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, and the Rosa Parks bus. The museum, officially named "The Edison Institute" was dedicated to Ford's longtime friend Thomas Edison in 1929.
|Thomas Edison's autograph made by shovel for the dedication. |
Look behind the exhibit to get an idea of the immensity of this museum.
|George Washington's camp bed (folds up into it's own trunk).|
|The first machine to produce ruled paper.|
|VW Camper. Similar to the one Pat's parents loved.|
|Display of souvenir flags from the Roadside America exhibit.|
The flag for Maine features "TelStar".
Who recalls that the TelStar tracking station was in Andover Maine???
The main entry to the building is an exact replica of Independence Hall!! Ford wanted to buy and move the original to Dearborn but had to settle for a copy...complete with any variation from the architectural drawings that they discovered. Later, this copy served to provide details for renovations on the original.
|Museum Entry...a precise replica of Independence Hall.|