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A Day in Detroit

A Day Date in Detroit with Alex

Are you looking for a fun way to change up your week? For a break from work or class? A new date idea? — well I have an idea for you! Take a little trip, even if it is just for the day!

This past weekend I was completely stressed out from working crazy hours on top of all of my midterms coming up. Alex, being the great guy that he is, had a brilliant idea to take me down to Detroit to just explore the city and maybe de-stress a little bit. He had the whole day planned, and since I have spent next to no time in Detroit, he was the one showing me around.

The first stop was Belle Isle, where we could see both the Detroit and Canadian skyline.

The first stop was Belle Isle, where we could see both the Detroit and Canadian skyline.

Our first stop was Belle Isle. There is currently a lot of work that needs to be done on the island, but there are some nice views and attractions. There is a conservatory that opened in 1904, open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm. The aquarium, which also was opened in 1904, is open on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. The zoo is open daily from 10am to 5pm. There is also a former casino on the island that is no longer used but still a very cool building.

Amazing tree in the conservatory that wraps itself around another tree

Amazing tree, Lacy Tree Philodendron, in the conservatory that wraps itself around another tree to grow upwards.

One of the five sections in the Belle Isle Conservatory, the fern room.

One of the five sections in the Belle Isle Conservatory, the fern room.

From the island, we headed toward downtown for a tour of Detroit. We went to Campus Martius City Park: Detroit’s Gathering Place. Currently, there is a beach set up in the middle of the city complete with sand. During the winters there is an ice rink set up there. We next walked through Greek Town, a street full with Greek themed restaurants and the Greek Town Casino-Hotel.

The Greek Town Casino-Hotel

The Greek Town Casino-Hotel

Monroe Street, Greek Town, has a little bakery called Astoria Pastry Shop. I had heard a lot of really good things about the treats there, and everything looked so enticing! Unfortunately, we were a bit disappoint with our goodies. We decided upon a cup of tiramisu and a piece of baklava to split – the tiramisu was a bit flavorless, almost watery and the baklava was not made traditionally with pistachios but with walnuts, which gave it a very different taste. If I do go back, I will have to try something different and hope that it lives up to name.

Street side view of the Astoria Pastry Shop

Street side view of the Astoria Pastry Shop

Our evening concluded with a stroll along the river front.

Bright sun setting colors on the Detroit River

Bright sun setting colors on the Detroit River

Statue on the Detroit River recognizing and thanking members of the Underground Railroad; they are point over to Canada, to freedom.

Statue on the Detroit River recognizing and thanking members of the Underground Railroad; they are point over to Canada, to freedom.

And, a big thanks to Alex for my great day date in Detroit at a time when it was most needed!! These day trips are always fun, and also give Alex and I a chance to spend some time alone together while doing something new and doing something we love. Hopefully, we will soon be off to travel to who knows where – Canada? Out West? South America? The plans are currently in the works. But in the meantime, we want to enjoy everyday to its fullest and see what we can see while we are here. 

Looking out into the Detroit River and to Canada

Looking out into the Detroit River and to Canada

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