Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Random Tuesday....It's traveling time!!

Coming to you live from the birth place of Abraham Lincoln...Springfield, Illinois!!  It is beautiful and so hot!!
95 degrees and with humidity....105 degrees!  But this has not prevented us from enjoying the sights and partaking of the food!!  Ha!

Starting with Charlie Parkers' diner...cute, small and off the beaten path!  Known for it's breakfasts and 16 inch pancakes!!  Wowzers!  Food was so good!!

niece Jennifer and Dr. John

Our tour guide, our niece, Jennifer...was excellent!    The next stop was the Springfield Botanical Garden known as Washington Park!

I could go on and on with the beauty of the park!  Gorgeous!! 

Then we were off to Abraham Lincoln's Museum!  Oh my!  What a fabulous presidential museum.  With holographic theaters and many fabulous artifacts.  The letters were amazing.  We had a terrific time. 

Lincoln family with Dr. John

Lincoln as a boy

All the life size sculptures were silicone vinyl and so life like!  Amazing workmanship!  This was a fantastic museum...I highly recommend you all going there.  Worth the visit for sure!!

Outside the museum was a beautiful square right in the heart of downtown!!  Complete with a refurbished train depot!

Me and Abe

Dr. John and Abe

train depot

train depot

gazebo in square

Jennifer, myself and Abe

Today we had lunch at Steak and Shake...oh my!  Yummy!!!

Dr. John

It was your classic diner with really tasty hamburgers (old-fashioned) and creamy thick milk shakes!! 

We are staying at the Crown Plaza.  Fabulous hotel off of US 72 in Springfield!!  It has 14 floors and we are on the 7th.  View from the top (which is also where the pool is)!

I know I have Randomed the heck out of you today!!  Ha!!  Don't forget to visit Stacy and Stacy Uncorked and see the other Randomizers are up too!!  We are still carrying on the Random Tuesday banner since Keely of The UnMom is still on hiatus!!  Come back Keely...we are missing you!!!!!!

Have a magical and blessed day!
Hugging you


Queenie Jeannie said...

Wow!! You guys are havin' a blast!!! I love those kinds of museums and parks - so awesome! Glad you are enjoying yourselves!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Do tell me you got me an order of cheese fries from Steak and Shake and some of those beautiful daisies from the botanical garden!

Such pretty pics...

Brian Miller said...

nice...looks like you are having a lot of fun...look at those pancakes!!!i love finding places like that diner...

Anonymous said...

Those pancakes were huge! And Steak and Shake was a staple of my high school/college diet. LOL. Happy Tuesday.

Kristine said...

I am still stunned by the size of those pancakes. ROFL!

Joanie said...

Love that you did a photographic random!

Wowser on those pancakes is right! I could never eat that much!

ellen abbott said...

Those are some mighty small pancakes. Hee hee. Love all the pictures.

ethelmaepotter! said...

What a great trip! The museum alone would have been enough for me, but I'm so happy you took us along to these other spots.

That diner is one of a dying breed.. there was a story just last night on our local news about one of these classic places in danger of closing...rising costs of supplies and rent are forcing the owners to either raise their own prices or shut down. We lost our little diner earlier this was called Stratton's, and Mr. Stratton himself still came around to greet everyone personally at every meal. Lots of memorabilia on the walls, a real jukebox...sigh. Stratton's opened in the 50's and never changed...until Walgreen's came around with an offer too good to refuse. What a shame.

Okay, those pancakes...! Are they meant to be shared by everyone at the table?

Stacy Uncorked said...

Those pancakes are ginormous!! Looks like you're having so much fun!! And all your amazing shots make me feel like I'm vacationing right along with you! :)

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Mark said...

That was a cool post, never been there, but would love to visit Abe's museum, and those pancakes are huge!

SandyCarlson said...

Your photos are wonderful. Those pancakes have me hungry for morning. Your family is awesome.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Nice to see you and Dr John having such a good time! I hope this heat lets up....

Indrani said...

What a place to visit! Lucky you! I like those posed photographs, what fun! :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Oooh, I'll have to look at the map and see how far we are from Springfield! (still learning my way around in Illinois) Looks like you had such fun! We have a Steak and Shake near us and I love it!! (too much!) I'd love to try to eat one of those 16" pancakes...yummy! The museum sounds really cool! I love to garden so the botanical garden is right up my alley too! Thanks for the great tour!

Hilary said...

What a fun set of photos. It looks like you're having a great time.. and I'm craving pancakes!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I stayed at the Crown Plaza when I took my kids through Springfield a few years ago. I don't recall all the statues outside. I do recall that going down the hallway to his tomb kind of creeped me out. The long walk - Lions, tigers and bears, oh my.

Back in the corner where the tombs ewar made me think I want to be in sunshine.

I thoroughly enjoyed his house while a statesman.

Great tribute to a great president, though. Glad you are showing this, so other will attend. Well worth it.

Friko said...

I can see you enjoyed yourselves.
Lovely pictures.

The town sure knows how to create opportunities for taking pictures with the great man.

Betsy said...

Wow...that looks like a fun trip! I've been there before but not since I was young. Looks like they have so much more to see now!

16" pancakes? I just can't believe the size of those!

SandyCarlson said...

I wish you a beautiful weekend!

Carole said...

opps something happened to my first comment. If something comes thru you can delete.
WOnderful botanical garden and with all the heat they've had everything looks healthy and not withering.