My old friend Jean and I (we go back almost 70 years!) went first to the new Norway House in Minneapolis. It is in the same block as Mindekirken. It is a Norwegian educational and event center.
Rachel Peterson, the Program Director, gave us a personal tour that was very interesting. Here Rachel is explaining something to Jean.
Norway House has a small Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Cafe. I opted for a delicious bolle and Jean had a kringle.
There is also a bookstore in Norway House. This book on waffles is one of the most popular books.
Next Jean and I went to the big Ingebretsen's on Lake Street to take a look. I made a few purchases. Then we went to the Swedish Institute for a delicious lunch in the courtyard on a gorgeous day.
Jean's extraordinary lunch, a work of art!
My lunch - tofu, watercress, and pickled onions
My old friend Roger invited me to dinner at a fabulous restaurant in Minneapolis, Saffron. To get there we took the light rail. (It was an adventure, believe me!)
Roger buys the tickets
Roger had a hearty meal of lamb chops
I had a delicious meal of cheese curds on a bed of rhubarb with pickled strawberries.
I had a very nice dinner at my cousin Melissa's home with her father Jim, her husband Sri, and their four children. Unfortunately, no photos.
Then I went out to dinner at Cafe Maud's with my cousin Deb and her husband John. We lucked out. We arrived before 6 while Happy Hour was still in progress and were able to order small plates for half price. We shared six small plates.
Deb, Chris, and John
Fried ravoli with ricotta
Five different kinds of olives
Our special group of friends found time to spend an hour together during the busy week. As usual we exchanged interesting gifts!
A trip down Memory Lane. We went over to Lake Harriet and rode on the old streetcar from our childhood. Such fun!
Kirky, Kay, Kathy, the Conductor, Dave (Kath's brother), and Chris
I was very lucky to be able to see my GW/Italy/Minnesota friend Ann several times. One afternoon we went to Lake Harriet and saw many people relaxing in their hammocks, an interesting new trend!
I also got a peek at the Rose Garden.
I noticed that Minneapolis has Little Free Libraries all over the place!
Five Free Little Libraries in a row
Our Group of Five (with Nancy missing) had a breakfast picnic in a park that had one of the few remaining Beehive Fireplaces. Kathy's brother Dave, sister Fran, and niece Teri joined us.