Milwaukee and Environs

Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
Trip End Jun 16, 2007

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

A Week in Milwaukee:

Well, it's been a week since the Ka-Boom, and my car is still in the shop. However, it is almost done they are just waiting on some parts for the taillights to come in. When that will be, no one knows because they could be coming from Chicago, LA or Japan. It appears though; I will be out of here before the end of two weeks, which is good since I've pretty much exhausted Milwaukee. Sure, there's always more to see and do but I think I'm just about done.

Overall impression - underwhelmed. Where is everybody? The few I've seen are nice though.

Re-cap of things I've done and seen::

Historic Brady St. - boring and there was supposed to be a "Flower Power" Festival going on. Pig and I were the few on the streets, and I do mean few (i.e. less than 10).

The Domes - unique structure but typical gardens - "Tropical" and "Arid" nicely done and maintained. The "Spring" garden had beautiful flowers but the overall effect was ruined by stupid big paper mache bugs planted throughout. Cooler from the outside.

Old World Third Street - again, where are all the people. Empty. Usinger's shop - famous but why? It's just a small sausage shop. The cheese shop was the same; I've seen a better selection at Vons.

Milwaukee Historical Society - Lame - no history exhibits of Milwaukee - go figure. However, there was a big one on Marquette University. The building itself was neat, an old bank building.

Museum of Art - awesome building right on Lake Michigan.

War Memorial - Marines on display (boy is their hair short!)

Forest Home Cemetery - pretty. Paid respects to the beer makers, Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst. Miller was Catholic so was buried in the Catholic cemetery as opposed to the non-denominational one.

Historic Third Ware & Milwaukee Public Market - small, about 20 "shops". It's in the Historic Third Ward (they call lots of things "Historic" here). I'd skip this - it's an old manufacturing and warehouse area that's been turned into restaurants, galleries, specialty stores, etc. Might be cool if you lived here, but as a tourist, why bother, unless you're really bored and run out of things to do.

Cedarburg Village - pretty but touristy. Visited the winery and they had a couple pretty good whites, Pinot Grigio and Vidal.

Kohler Factory Tour and Design Center - had a private tour with Larry and asked a bunch of questions he couldn't answer but it was interesting anyway. The design center was cool but no OGT product, all Ann Sacks (a subsidiary of Kohler).

Miller Factory Tour - The tour guide sucked. She sounded like a recording and rushed us through though there were only 3 of us. Very little to see of the process and the intro video was CHEESY. However, you get three tastings at the end all about 8 oz. And, luckily they weren't all Miller brewed product. Miller distributes for an Italian and a Czech beer as well as a small local brewery called Leinenkugal - good beer!

Pabst Mansion - A great look at wealthy Victorian living.

Food: Overall Good
Karl Ratzsch's - brat & Knock platter with beer - yum
Three Brothers Restaurant - Old Schlitz Tavern. Good Serbian food. According the waiter Milwaukee has churches and bars and that's about it.
The Safe House - food was good but it's the place that you come for. Secret entrance and exit. Spy motif.

Found a church rummage sale and bought stuff to sell on EBay. Turned out to be a bust. Mostly hats, which I am donating to the B&B that I'm staying in. They have a theatre in the basement.

Well, that about sums it up. I plan to visit the following today so will write about them in my next entry.

Frank Lloyd Wright American System Built Homes
Sprecher Brewery Tour
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Slideshow Report as Spam
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