Embassy Suites Hotel Des Moines Downtown
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... and embassies of the world. We drove down beautiful tree-lined boulevards and saw the huge Real Madrid soccer stadium, we passed fancy shops and an even an ancient Egyptian temple that was a gift to Spain from the Egyptian government for helping redirect the Nile river...or something.
Then we got off the bus and visited the Royal Palace built by Charles III in the 1700s. It was amazing!!! So beautiful ...
We have a 5 hr flight to Minneapolis and the a 55 min flight to Des Moines. We paid for upgrade seating with more leg room......best $$$ I have spent. We had lots f eg room and each seat had a flip-up tv monitor with free movies or tv, which really made the 5 hr flight go by quickly.
Got in Des Moines at 11:00 pm and we were home about midnight.
What a great adventure this has been.
Thu, May 14, 2015
Departure: 8:30 AM, cdt, Grand Island, NE
Arrival: 2:30 PM, cdt, Newton, IA
Miles: 303.6 miles
Travel Time: 6 hrs. driving time
We're in Newton, Iowa.
No, this is not where the Fig Newton is grown. (Yes, they grow on fig newton trees.) It is ...
... the famous highway 70 to Denver. We stopped to see the beginnings of the mighty Colorado river snaking beside us. We also took a few detours. We stopped in the ski town of Vail and just drove around. Since it's early May, the ski slopes were closed and the town felt abandoned. I loved looking at the architecture of all the different mountain homes and condo complexes that are packed with skiers during the winter months. ...
... of the condition of the on/off ramps kept us going, though slooooowly.
Other than that, I saw a car manufacturing plant in Flint with the most smoke stacks ever, I had my first crossing of the mighty Mississippi River (maybe at its most narrow point at Le Clair, IL), saw loads of farms in Iowa, drove my first two hours of the trip, and witnessed Bob master the new iExit app on my phone to find the best hotel here in the lovely Des Moines, Iowa. Oh yeah, and finished at +3 ...