In Minneapolis

The capital of Minnesota isn’t much appealing but has one of the largest sculpture garden in the country and an historic mill district. Minneapolis was the flour milling capital of the world until the 30s. The many Mills by the Mississippi were using the mighty river to power their turbines. With the rise of the coal power other cities took a share in the industry. Most of the remaining buildings have been successfully converted as housing.

Downtown surprised us with the many pedestrian bridges linking buildings, surely a great aid to walk the city during the harsh winters.

Twin City St Paul is smaller. Up on Cathedral hill, the massive church offers a break from the heat before walking the mansion-lined Summit avenue.

South of the twin cities is a typical American place: Mall of America. My jaw dropped when I saw the Nickelodeon theme park in the middle of it. MoA is the largest mall in the country.