Re: [Czechlist] US tourist sites - THANKS
- Thanks to all who responded (sorry I won't go for the whole list:-)). As the situation took another U-turn, it looks I will have to go through Atlanta anyway, but as the client who arranges the flight is changing conditions every day, it might be the other way round soon....
And I' ll try to get Detroit in my travel list next time - looks it's worth seeing too, the ghetto in particular :-).
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Trittipo
To: Martin Janda
Sent: Saturday, May 04, 2002 8:43 PM
Subject: Re: [Czechlist] US tourist sites
MJ> via Cleveland and Detroit, or Atlanta. In all these cities, I
MJ> would have some 22 hours to look around. Would you tell me
MJ> which option to choose, i.e. what is more worth seeing?
If it were me, I'd choose Detroit for a 22-hour layover. I've
been to Atlanta, and a sister lives there, and there was a decent
arboretum/greenhouse, but it's a little too much highway and a
little too little center for my taste.
I have a soft spot for Detroit because of the Greenfield Village
and the Henry Ford Museum that Jamie mentioned. We used to drive
there every summer for two days from Indianapolis. You could get
a flavor from their website:
http://www.hfmgv.org/village/default.asp. The village, as Jamie
wrote, assembled original buildings of historical significance
from around the world, plus buildings housing various
technologies. For translators or lexicographers, the Webster
house (yes, the dictionary Webster: Noah, not Daniel) is a plus.
But in one building there's often someone turning cocoons into
silk thread, in another there's glass blowing, etc. The Ford
museum is largely about the history of technology and applied
arts: imagine the Munich science museum, ten times as big. Again,
the website should give you a flavor:
Detroit has areas (between the museum and downtown) that are
among the worst in the U.S. In the 70s, Czech newspapers loved
showing photos of it or similar areas (D.C. and Watts come to
mind) to show that the American Dream was lies. I've never felt
afraid driving through it in the day, and when I had an Albanian
exchange student one spring, I drove her through and we walked
around one residential block.
Some areas around Detroit show what I think is an oddity among
American cities: the main entrance is often from what I would
call the rear of the building, where the parking lot is, not from
the door that's on the sidewalk which I'd call the front.
You could (depending on Canadian visa requirements) cross the
river into Windsor, and tour a whisky distillery.
I don't know Cleveland; been through it many times on my way from
New York to Indiana or here or back, but never stopped.
Hope this helps.
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- In a message dated 5/6/02 4:31:41 AM, martinjanda@... writes:
>And I' ll try to get Detroit in my travel list next time - looks it's worthThere are fascinating ghettos to see in every large and middle-sized American
>seeing too, the ghetto in particular :-).
city, including Atlanta. So you won't be deprived of that sight even there.