Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vista King



The M/V Vista King heads upriver after carrying a load of sightseers out to the lake for a cruise. The largest of the Milwaukee Boat Line's vessels, Vista King can carry up to 255 passengers.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Over The Airwaves



Made a stop at the Milwaukee Radio Group this evening, as I was the winner of a prize drawing in one of their stations' contests. Walking out, the antenna caught my eye against the clouds, and the result is today's photo.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Passage II



This is part of the finished portion of the Valley Passage featured a couple days ago. You can see Miller Park, State Fair Park, Hank Aaron, the Potawatomi Casino torch, and the Hiawatha.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shuttered



The Zablocki VA Medical Center was originally one of the first three Soldiers' Homes in the country. Today, some of the original buildings are in a state of disrepair, waiting for renovation and restoration. This building, which I believe is the theatre, sits just off the Hank Aaron trail where it passes through the VA grounds.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Valley Passage



We got the bikes out and hit the Hank Aaron State Trail for a ride this evening, and stopped at the Valley Passage to check out the beautiful mural that is in progress there. The work is almost complete, so stop by and check it out!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ciao!



Festa Italiana was this weekend, and along with the usual food and festivities, the Festa folks put on some fabulous fireworks. We headed down to the lakefront last night after dinner to catch the show, and it definitely lived up to our expectations.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bump, Set



Bradford Beach is set to have a great time this weekend, with the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Tour making a stop. In addition to the pros, there will be an amateur tournament and reggae music festival.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chillin'



Parts of the city hit 100 degrees today, and if you wanted to stay cool, you had two choices: stay inside an air-conditioned building, or find a place to get wet. All around town, municipal pools opened early and closed late, and splash pad locations did the same.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Get Your Pretzels Ready



This Saturday is the second edition of the Milwaukee Firkin Festival. Breweries from the area will be serving their beers for tasting, and restaurants will be there to offer food to help soak up all the good brew. These three were at last year's event, and brought their own snacks, pretzels strung up and hung around their necks.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cold Wet Refreshing



The weather today was some of the worst heat and humidity I've had to deal with in quite some time. We decided to head down to the Milwaukee Ale House for dinner, and the ice water went down almost as well as the beer did.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Flagged



The Alliance Francaise setup a dining area next to their food booth at Bastille days, and covered the tables in wine bottles with an English word and its French translation. Made for some interesting discussion while enjoying a snack.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Happy Puppy



Millie is at Bastille Days this weekend with her friends from the French Bulldog Rescue Network, looking for humans in need of a dog. In addition, they were doing some fundraising, offering "Frenchie Kisses" for a dollar.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lovin' It



Bastille Day was yesterday, and it was also the start of the Thirtieth Anniversary of Bastille Days, the celebration of all things French, held downtown at Cathedral Square Park. The Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee runs a food booth and shop offering reading materials and souvenirs. This year, they also have these buttons with different French phrases.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Annunciation



Designed in 1956 and completed in 1962, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is on the northwest side of Milwaukee. One of Frank Lloyd Wright's last works, it was finished after his death. Its bright blue roof and light walls make for an eye-catching building, and the domed roof is something not seen often around here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Don't Call It A Blimp



As the only Zeppelin in the Americas and one of two commercial aircraft of its type in the world, the Farmers Airship Eureka made a rare stop at the Timmerman Airfield in town this week. Eureka will be here for a few days, then continue her trip around the midwest, making another stop in Oshkosh for the EAA convention and airshow in a few weeks. Rides are available, but raid your piggy bank - the cost of a ticket is $375 for a trip through the clouds.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

All You Need



A cold beer, the day's music schedule, and a pair of sunglasses. Everything you need to survive a day at Summerfest.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Big



The remodeled South entrance at the Maier Festival Grounds now features a large set of instruments that was relocated to the space. The guitar, drum set, and piano are a great place to arrange a meeting with friends, or just hang out in the shade of the bridge above.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunglasses



Another beautiful Fourth of July weekend is in the books... the weather was awesome all weekend, and it made for a chance to be with friends old and new.

Friday, July 1, 2011

July Theme Day - The Color Green



The Theme Day for July is the color Green

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I was at a loss for a photo for today's theme, but then we took a trip down to Summerfest. At the south end of the grounds, permanent facilities have yet to be installed. Dozens of green temporary toilets are there, and it made for the perfect opportunity.