Where else can you get a full day of parking IN the city for $5.00? Well I’m here to tell you that it can be done in Milwaukee but then again it could be because there is no one visiting the city and it isn’t because it isn’t worth visiting. For an example, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Quadracci” Pavilion with its majestic, kinetic wings and breathtaking atrium,
and by the way, ranked #1 on the list of “Top Sexiest Buildings” is in my opinion, “a must see before you leave the area”. Milwaukee also has a “Hop-N-Shop, Wine-Dine” Red Trolley that will take you for a long loop through the city for $1…can you believe it, $1. I didn’t think you could get anything for a dollar anymore. The only problem was, it wasn’t running today, it was “Tuesday”!!! Oh well, we’ve got some good legs, good shoes, and the ability, so we took off walking the route that showed on the brochure. We did some of the River Walk, ate at one of the many Sidewalk Café’s, sampled and purchased, cheese at one of the Cheese Markets, spices at the Spice Store, sausage at Usinger’s Famous Sausage Mart, and took time to sit down and have an IPA at the Sprecher Brewing Co. Milwaukee also has some of the most amazing “Private Homes” that you can see as you drive along the water coming and going into the city. Also we found this amazing St. Maries Hospital Chapel which sits overlooking Lake Michigan. A huge surprise to us was the location of the Basilica of St. Josaphat.
It’s located about 5 miles outside of the city and in a suburb that “needs some cleaning up”. Sadly so does the landscaping circling the Basilica, but nothing that couldn’t be remedied by a few volunteers a weekend or two a year. The first church was built in 1888 but burnt to the ground a year later. Another smaller church followed but as time continued on so did the changes in the structure of the church.
The dome was patterned after St. Peters in Rome and is the largest dome ever built in the United States.
The Harley Davidson Museum took our heart the next day.
What an amazing story of beginning time after time which needed a lot of HEART. Today, no matter which highway you take across the country, you will see one of those large and beautifully done dealerships with a quanity of quality motorcycles.
The first dealership was here in Milwaukee, right in the middle of town as shown in this painting.
The war effort the Harley Davidson factory put forward was nothing but heart-warming and patriotic. As we toured the museum we had a chance to listen to the famous sounds of the different "Harleys" and sit in the saddle to get the feel of all that iron under you.
We had a great time and HIGHLY recommend to you that if you are in the area you take the time to visit this wonderful place.