The nice thing about living in a border city is that you can make any day into an adventure! Not even 15 minutes from where I live I can head over to Detroit and spend the day exploring, getting that big-city feel for 1/3 of the price.
One random morning K and I decided to head over the border for breakfast and a short excursion out in the city. We ate at Parks and Rec diner which is a tiny little breakfast/brunch nook just off of Woodward. It’s a throwback kinda place, with chrome detailing and checkered board tables, park benches and seats. I had my standard eggs benny with pork sausage and avocado which was good. (I’ll be back for my Turkish eggs next!)
From there we wandered around downtown. We walked down to the waterfront by The Renaissance Center which was something new for me because I could see my hometown from the other side and that’s not a view I often get. They have little benches and parks on their waterfront and it’s very charming, but we definitely have the better view that’s for sure! The sun was hot and it reflected off the water as we sat on little orange chairs facing the water.
After we decided to head over to Belle Isle and spent some time around the James Scott Memorial Fountain. It’s beautiful and reminds me of fountains in Paris, although the origins of this fountain are interesting:
Long story short- James Scott donated money to Detroit to create this fountain in his honour (and the bronze statue you’ll find not too far away) and this was a pretty big deal for Detroit because, though they would get money and extra land, they would also be idolizing a man who was a “womanizing scoundrel” all for some more Detroit property. Quite the story! I never knew this piece of history about the fountain before.
If you get the chance to check out Belle Isle, I suggest it. Bring a picnic blanket, find some shade and enjoy the day!