Apr 26, 2013

Flat Stanley Visit's Detroit

A few weeks ago a friend of mine came to visit.  His name is Flat Stanley.  Maybe some of you have heard of him before.  He travels all over the world and then reports back to students about his adventures.  Today Rosa, Carlyn and I took Flat Stanley around Downtown Detroit (literally) and took a few photos.

So you can't see us very well.  But I think that has to do with the fact that Rosa (age 3.5) was taking the photo and she did really well considering!  We are at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.  Built in the late 1920's the Fox Theatre was the flagship movie palace to the Fox Theatre chain.  Built with an integrated speaker system for movies and it's ornate interior design it continues to host hundreds of performances each year.  Just this year we have been to the Fox to see Peter Pan and Sesame Street Live!.   The Fox Theatre was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989

Across the street is Comerica Park (home of the Tigers) and Ford Field (home of the Lions).  Comerica Park replaced Tiger's Stadium in 2000 and hosts a Ferris Wheel, a Carousel, sculptures, a walk of fame and a huge liquid fireworks fountain.  It is a simply amazing adventure.  Too bad today was not a game day:(  Sorry Stanley!

I am not sure you can talk sports in the D (that is what locals call Detroit), without mentioning the Red Wings, after all we are Hockeytown.

Here is Stanley and Kris Draper.  He played for the Detroit Red Wings from 1993 to 2011.  The team won three Stanley Cups during that period.

We headed over to Grand Circus Park on our way to the People Mover.  We stopped to take pictures in front of some of the statues in the park.

Hazen Stuart Pingree was a four-term Republican mayor of Detroit (1889–1897) and the 24th Governor of the US state of Michigan (1897–1901). A Yankee who migrated from New England, he was a social reformer who battled corporations and was an early leader of the Progressive Movement.

Here is Rosa and Stanley on the People Mover.  This is Detroit's mini subway.  The automated cars stop at 13 total stops that circle Downtown Detroit.   The cost is $.75 per ride.  In the background you can see the Ambassador Bridge, this is the only place in the US where you can go south to get to Canada!  

Did you know: 
  • Detroit was the first city to pave a road.  Not surprising considering Detroit is also know as the Motor City. 
  • Detroit is home to the only floating US post office.  
  • Belle Isle is the largest island park within a city (Detroit).  Belle Isle is home to  a 9 hole golf course, museum, picnic shelters, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields and a 150 acre state protected wooded area.
  • Detroit is considered the birthplace of techno and the ice cream soda.  

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