Friday, May 23, 2008

goin' to kansas city, kansas city here i come

We are looking forward to our trip to the big city, or what passes for a big city in these parts.

The Kansas City skyline at night. Big enough for me!

We will be visiting my famous youngest brother Eric, who happens to be a professional magician. When he's not doing that, he's a professional drummer in some KC jazz establishments and around the area. Such talent.

We will also connect with these lovely people, Brad & Lisa, my other (also younger) brother and his fiancee, who will be in town with her children to go to Worlds of Fun, a big amusement park in KC.

I also plan to connect with a little shopping.

Kansas City has a branch of Paper Source which is a fun store.

There are also any number of good scrapbooking stores. I'm only going to go to one, though, which I know carries a Tim Holtz item I want to try out--grunge board.

We will visit City Market, a great outdoor farm and art market near where my KC brother lives.

We also plan to sample some famous Kansas City edible fare. The Blue Nile is in the City Market, so maybe we'll go there for lunch. And no trip to KC would be complete without a barbecue meal--Kansas City is famous for barbecue and jazz. I'm taking clothes with elastic waistlines. :-)

A not-to-be-missed attraction is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, to which we've been many times, including on our honeymoon (yes, we went to KC then too--newlyweds and newly college graduated=no money for an expensive honeymoon). It is a wonderful museum. Here is a photo of the atrium.

The museum was built in 1933 in the beaux art style and is three marble-floored storeys of art history. Fabulous. It even houses part of a 15th century French cloister, one of my favorite parts of the museum.

You can read more about the museum here if you care to.

Kansas City is home to the fabulous Country Club Plaza, built in 1922 in the style of Spanish architecture and European art. It has some wonderful fountains including these below.

The Triton fountain is my favorite. You can read more about the Country Club Plaza here.

We are planning to enjoy ourselves. I'm also planning to take my camera so I can share the sights with you next week.

I also want to mention that our wedding anniversary (Sunday) is also my dear mother's birthday. David jokes that she has no reason to forget our special day and we have no reason to forget hers. So happy birthday, Mom, we love you very much and appreciate all you do for us.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Ooh you angel. Thanks for showing all the fab places you'll be visiting. I'm feeling fed up at the moment cuz everyone else seems to be going away for the week. Ah well.
Thanks for the kind words on the diet front. There comes that point where you have to try again, even tho' you've done it sooooo many times before. I don't want to be fat for my 40th next year but any improvement by my birthday this September would be good :0)
Have a great holiday and anniversary.roadau

Cathi said...

Did I ever tell you my mom's family emigrated from Ireland and Wales to St. Louis? One of my Aunts lives in KC and though I visited briefly in her home in the suburbs I never got a good look at that lovely skyline!

Debbi Baker said...

Hi Susan - what a wonderful informative post!! Must have taken you ages. It was so nice to hear and see where you are going and what you are planning on doing! Happy anniversary too (I have just read the last several posts from when I have been away). PS You'll love the grungeboard - you can even sew through it. Smiles across the seas...

CG said...

It looks like a wonderful spot for a weekend of fun and romance!!

Julie said...

Hope you had a lovely visit to Kansa City and a romantic Wedding Anniversary. Congratulations on your specail day :o) xx

Dianne said...

Wow what great photos. Hope the weekend was good.

Happy Anniversary and
Happy Birthday to your Mom

Hope you brought back lots of goodies for yourself :)

katelnorth said...

I hope you will try out the grunge board fairly soon after your return - I've been curious about it myself!

Hope it was fun...