For New Year’s weekend this year, my husband Jeff and I went to visit his parents in Detroit, Michigan. It was my first time visiting Detroit in the winter. It was snowing, not surprising for December. What was surprising was that their neighborhood had six inches of snow, slush and ice on the streets, alongside nicely shoveled driveways and sidewalks. You could walk around the neighborhood much more easily than drive! Apparently, the cities in that area of Michigan are saving money by not plowing neighborhood streets. More interesting is that it seems to be a source of “neighborhood pride” to keep your driveway and sidewalk by your house neat and snow free. Even Jeff’s dad, who is over 80 years old, went out several times a day to scrap snow with a snow shovel off of their driveway and sidewalk during the snowstorm.
I learned something else about Detroit during this visit; it has a wonderful art museum, The Detroit Institute of Art. They had a special exhibit on Faberge that we went to see while we were there. (When it is snowy and cold outside, you need to discover indoor places to visit!) It was the most informative art museum that I have ever visited! There were clear signs in each room explaining the art on display; the artist, the date, why it was important, and how it was related to all the other art on display in that room. They had an interesting art collection, with so many things that I did not get to see them all. I will go back again the next time I am in Detroit, even if the weather outside is nice! And I learned a lot about Faberge from the special exhibit. And I got to see FIVE Faberge eggs! Unfortunately, no photography was allowed in the exhibit, so I don’t have any pictures to post of the eggs.
We also went to one of the Detroit area malls during our snowy, cold visit here. I always picture Detroit as a real working class and middle class city that has fallen on hard times. So this mall was also a surprise. It was filled with lots of expensive stores; Nordstrom, Coach, etc., and also many people. I would never have expected a upper class mall in Detroit! It was a great place to walk around because it had such beautiful holiday decorations. They were much fancier than the ones in our malls at home. We walked around and took lots of photos of the decorations, but didn’t buy anything.