A Day in St. Paul
Jul 30, 2011
|It’s Friday! We have the day off, it is sunny, hot, a little humid… what to do?
Let’s go sightseeing!
First stop: Macalester College in St. Paul. This liberal arts college was founded in 1874 and has an excellent academic reputation. Willis and I often tour and enjoy the beauty of college campuses, such as Macalester College, as we travel the country (especially in the summer when they are not so crowded) because we can learn a lot about the history of the area, appreciate the artwork and architecture, all while enjoying a healthy walk for both us and Blayde in the process. Our walk around Macalester College was an enjoyable way to spend the morning.
Second stop of the day: Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul. We made this stop upon the recommendation of our kids who had been here on a visit. The cathedral sits on Summit Hill so we had a nice view of the city of St. Paul and the Minnesota State Capital, too. The cathedral itself is very large and impressive. There is a lot of interesting history and facts to this building (such as it seats 3000), but I found this particular passage fascinating:
Archbishop William O. Brady consecrated the Cathedral in 1958 in a five-hour rite. The Rite of Consecration is not often performed and a church must meet strict canonical requirements: it must be durably constructed, monumental in character, substantially complete and there must be absolute certainty that the building will never fall out of the hands of the Church. When this solemn ceremony was performed, it raised the Cathedral to a higher level of prestige. The Cathedral of Saint Paul is now formally recognized as an "edifice of merit," worthy of assuming its place among the premier houses of worship in America.
After touring the cathedral we headed off for a late lunch at the Green Mill in Blaine. From there we did our weekly grocery shopping, bought new sheets for our bed, took Blayde shopping at a pet store where Blayde got a new leash and then he picked out some special fancy cookies for him and his girlfriend (Sadie) to share. After some other shopping we headed back towards home stopping for a light dinner on the way.
What a full and fun day. Now for Saturday… hmmm, I think we will make it a “home” day and simply relax before we head back to work on Sunday.