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Happy Trails

24 Nov

This summer I headed with some friends to Red Wing, Minnesota for some antiquing, lunch and a stop at Minnesota heritage brand Red Wing Shoes.  On our way back to the Twin Cities, we drove along the Mississippi River on the Wisconsin side and saw a motorcycle rally in a small town (the name of which I’m forgetting now).  I’m not a motorcycle person, but the images were stunning, so I took some shots.

À bientôt,

k.

Field Trip: Red Wing Shoes

24 Sep

The girls and I recently headed down to Hastings and Red Wing, Minnesota.  Red Wing being, of course, the HQ of heritage brand Red Wing Shoes (which have become extremely hipster as of late).

Here’s a brief tour of the shop:

Red Wing Shoes owns the Guinness World Record for the largest boot!

upstairs is the company’s own Shoe Museum

all of the sizes that Red Wing Shoes’ work boots are made in (plus custom orders, I’m sure)

one of the early sewing machines used to stitch boots

in the basement is the outlet – with row after row of shoes & boots

Boops tries on a pair

a custom bench, sporting the company’s logo

À demain,

k.

Historic Hastings Skyline

21 Sep

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Bon weekend à tous!

À lundi,

k.

a vintage state fair

4 Sep

Here we are in September, and although I’m not in school, I feel the need to “get back to work.”  So while I don’t see my blog as a chore, I do need to get serious about updating it daily!

I’ll kick of this month with a look at one of my favorite things – the Minnesota State Fair, which dates back to the 1850s!   I went last week, and took a million pictures – but I’ll only share a few of them here.  These are my “vintage” photos:

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Welcome to September!

À demain,

k.

Taking ANOTHER Break: Break-fast

7 Aug

I know that’s a silly blog title, but seriously, I’ve been taking a break from more than just blogging.  This weekend I ignored my normal fairly healthy diet.  We were up at the cabin again, so we felt compelled to have a big Sunday brunch at Viddles & Joe, the local “Northwoods” (Minnesota’s northern woods, that is) diner.

{Breakfast #10: 2 blueberry pancakes + 2 poached eggs = $7.99}

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Just to clarify, the eggs are in the little cup in the upper-right-hand part of the plate.  The other gigantic white mass – on the plate – is butter!  Yes, I scraped that glob off of the pancakes before I dug in.

Late that afternoon, I went for a run.  Or tried to.  Digestive issues stopped me after a mile and a half.  The heat didn’t help, nor did the Baked Cheetos I snacked on.    After an evening of painful cramps, I’m back on the wagon and eating (somewhat) healthy.  Until next weekend ; )

À bientôt,

k.

Ring-Ring: “The Good Ole Times” Are Callin’!

31 Jul

On the way home from La Crosse this weekend, my boyfriend and I stopped in the historic small town of Lanesboro (population 754) in southeastern Minnesota.  It’s a picturesque location, nestled in the midst of rolling hills and the (tiny) valley of the Root River.  The town is known as “the B&B capital of Minnesota” and is also famed for its many art galleries (relative to the population!).

As we strolled through the town eating ice cream cones, I came across these neat vintage telephone booths ~

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After exploring the back roads of northern Europe, I’ve really gotten hooked on taking road trips – mini or grand.  Before moving overseas, I was never particularly interested in seeing small town American the way that I am now.  Glad I’ve started exploring!  Merci Paris!

À demain,

k.

La Crosse, WI: My Top 5

30 Jul

My boyfriend and I headed down for an overnight trip to Southwestern Minnesota/Western Wisconsin this weekend and spent Saturday night in La Crosse while visiting a friend.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from La Crosse – it was my first trip – but I was pleasantly surprised with the gentrification of the riverfront area (the city is on the Mississippi).  I love looking at water….although I didn’t take any photos of it.

To boil it down into just a few shots, I chose my 5 faves:

I love old buildings like this, and the worn advertising painted on the side makes it even more charming.

This tattoo parlor is located on one of the main drags through town. Check out the white ironwork!

Mary of the Angels Chapel was built in 1902.

One of the chapel’s many gorgeous stained glass windows.  (The yellow cast in the photo is my fault…)

And a lovely flower stand made of pebbles.

Just a few snippets of life in a small city : )

À demain,

k.