Today I set off to the big city of Minneapolis with slight halts along the way to take pictures of great egrets, pelicans and a small herd of buffalo - which may have actually been bison, but still interesting to see. It's surprising but Minnesota has been the place where I've seen the most wildlife.
The Tomtom managed to get me to the right house in Minneapolis, crossing over the Mississipi River which starts in this state, where lapillus and her housemate were waiting for me. Since it was lunchtime we headed off to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a very nice lunch in their cafe. Then we looked at the A Mirror of Nature exhibition which was very good, with some pictures I recognised (only one Zorn) and some other striking ones by artists I didn't know. It was a pity it wasn't possible to buy postcards of some of the pictures since the catalogue was fairly hefty. There were a surprising number of female artists represented, and this tied in nicely with the other exhibition we looked at which was Uzbek Embroidery. This featured many ilgich which are exhibition hangings which the women of a family would do to demonstrate their skill. Although they worked from a general repertoire of motifs, each individual would create their own design and a well-conceived piece would bring status to a family.
After the exhibitions we went round some of the main sights of the city: Kramarczuk's for some ukranian sausage, Downtown to view the architecture, the Sculpture Garden and then we went to a Malaysian restaurant for a very tasty and not too spicy meal.