Thursday, September 30, 2010

First visit - Villa Kathrine

The Napkin Dreams journey has begun. Like the pioneers of history, our family loaded up our modern day Prairie Schooner and headed west! We can't believe this dream is really happening!! We are excited, nervous, and even a bit fearful, but we have adventure and daring in our souls.

The first day went off without too much of a hitch. We had a tight squeeze in a gas station and a problem with a tire strap, but everything worked out alright. Our first stop was the Villa Kathrine in Quincy, Illinois. This free little tour (we made a donation to the restoration) was nice because we were the only ones there! the Villa is a Moroccan/ Spanish style Mansion built in 1900 by a man named George Metz. It sits on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and a big suspension bridge connecting Quincy to Missouri. We also were invited to pick some apples from a tree on the grounds - score on the free apples!!

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