I spent part of this past week back in Detroit, where my husband often works during the week. I hadn’t been there since our January trip, and I had really missed it, plus it’s nice for me to spend some more time with him when I’m off for the summer. Every June, Detroit hosts a major fireworks display — we’re talking three barges full of fireworks launching from the river between Detroit and Windsor! We watched them from the sidewalk this time (before we watched them from the deck of the Renaissance Center) and I realized how spoiled we were with that prime location the last time!
While Husband was working, I read books (what English teachers do in the summer to get ready for the next year) and relaxed a bit. Later, I wanted to see more of the city, so I booked the “Rise and Fall of Detroit” walking tour through Detroit Urban Adventures. For a picture-taking junkie like me, this was heaven!
We saw tons of cool things, but I’ll narrow it down to just a few of my favorites. My favorite building was One Woodward Avenue, which was designed by Minoru Yamasaki — the same architect who designed the World Trade Center towers. It’s bright white, with intricate vertical lines covering the outside of it. The patio area around it was laid out in a star pattern, which was reflected by the interior of the building and it’s ceiling, which you could see from the outside. Like many of the other buildings in downtown, it’s owned by Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans.