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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Boise Curbside, Idaho Natural Beauty and Chicago Cityscapes

Boise's Linen Building

I tried to find out the history of the Linen District in Boise but all I've come up with so far is that this area of Boise is a recent success story in the city.  Storefronts, restaurants and hotel businesses have gotten a facelift and a renewed life.  We stayed across from the Linen Building in an updated travel lodge called the Modern.  Very cool newly refurbished rooms, restaurant/bar and office.  I highly recommend it if you find yourself in Boise, Idaho.

One of the mosaics attached to the Linen Building under windows facing the street.  Beautiful in the east facing light.

Local artists work hangs on the fence walking from the Linen Building to the

Big City Coffee Shop.  Boise, in my humble opinion, has the best coffee shops and this one is tops in my book.  Besides coffee they serve the yummiest, buttery-est muffins.

Boise Botanical Gardens, love the colors - especially the lavender posts!

Snake River Canyon

An Idaho mountain stream, we sat a spell in the hot springs found along this river.

From the canyons of Idaho to the canyons of downtown Chicago.  We took an architectural tour on the Chicago River.  There is beauty and wonderment in both the natural and man-made - 
how can buildings be this tall?  The natural grandeur of the Idaho mountains is breathtakingly beautiful and you want it to stay that way.  The Chicago skyline has a splendor that is stunning and awesome, a tribute to what humans can do.  Both have value, serve humanity and we need both - in their places.