A great visit with friends from Maui
Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
26Trip End Nov 30, 2010
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This time, we had a fun catch-up of things on Maui, where they live most of the time but also still have a house in Hamtramck. Lori is a music teacher at a Catholic church school in Lahaina and Al is a great and funny magician, who performs in many venues both on Maui and in Michigan. They were in MI for several reasons, including a couple of funerals, a wedding and to attend an annual Magic Convention the next week in Colin, MI.
Of Course, we had to go for a huge lunch at the neighborhood Polish restaurant, where we had gone during our last visit. Then later that afternoon, we went sightseeing.
They took us for a drive over to, and around, Belle Isle, an island in the middle of the Detroit River (which is also the border between the US and Windsor, Canada, which you can easily see across the water).
There's still a golf course, a conservatory, and a couple of other newer things, and lots of grassy areas for picnics, paths for running, biking or skating, etc.
From there, we drove around a bit more, seeing a lot more of some depressed areas of Detroit, with lots of falling apart homes and buildings.
Finally we went into downtown Detroit. There's been a lot of new construction in downtown, including a new stadium, theaters, hotels, a monorail
Another popular landmark that still survives is the Lafayette Coney Island Restaurant where we stopped for dinner. They only serve chilli hotdogs and 'loose' hamburgers (more like manwich style) and the waiter shouts your order to the cooks, then brings your food stacked along his arm...quite the show.
Central Detroit, was quite the contrast of new and modern, against a lot of old and decayed, which was pretty depressing and all the financial problems with the Auto Industry, I guess, haven't made anything easier.
We stayed overnight at Al and Lori's... she and I stayed up late chatting, mostly about Maui. Then in the morning Terry fixed a big breakfast for us all and more 'fa fa' (Hawaiian for chatting). I always hate saying Aloha to any of our Maui friends, but we finally had to drive away.