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  • Day4

    Ambassador Bridge

    September 7, 2016 in the United States

    What a confusing day... Detroit has shown me two extremes of glamorous upscale downtown and the boarded, abandoned structures that were once homes.

    We spent the evening yesterday with good friends, who welcomed us to their Toronto living room for the night, to break down the drive to Detroit. I must say, I've always found to drive to Toronto long, but it seemed short yesterday, and getting to Detroit was short too... Maybe my mind is already getting used to the long road ahead...

    The border guy was a big enough d*** to make us (wrongfully) think Detroit was not so friendly to it's visitors. Apparently, two girls, nurses, one who works in Saskatchewan, one in Ottawa, who both live in Ottawa, who plan to drive to California and back, was difficult to grasp. I was in the passenger seat and I decided to start answering the border guy's questions for Jack because she was getting short tempered. We all know how great I am with border agents... What's too much information? What's too little?

    That part done with, on we go! We went straight for the Detroit Institute of Arts, mostly because it was the only address I had for my GPS... Which was beautiful! We arrived almost directly at the museum, so hadn't seen much else at this point. The museum is ridiculously beautiful, and huge, and screams money. Oh the irony. A building that screams money in a city we all know isn't doing too well... The Public Library across the street was an old, what was once I'm sure a beautiful, building, under construction. It's a weekday and no one was there, I have a feeling there isn't much rebuilding going on...

    Art museums, more Jack's thing then mine, but honestly really well done! Their special exhibition for the month - photography of The American RoadTrip. How perfect! Their descriptions of certain paintings even made me happy I read them, and I hate reading.

    We then headed out more into suburbia. Suburbia to me means pretty row houses and greens lawns like Orléans. This was a different suburbia, a community where the Heidelberg Project colored houses with all kinds of hilarious and happy things, with "art" lining the sidewalks. I would say 75% of this community was abandoned and boarded houses. Quirky, odd, perfect. Off course there was a lady there to welcome you and explain what you're currently starring at, who just HAPPENED to have an uncle AND a cousin who died recently, and she had to go to the hospital today for dehydration, and she lost her house, all in the last few months! So she asked for money. She also spoke super fast with a think Detroit (said with swager) accent, so I only understood every few words. That aside, this was a surreal experience.

    Honestly though, at first I was thrown off by the "hey, how you doin'" from everyone we passed, but eventually you get used to it. They all ask, and they all wait for an answer. They seem really genuine when attempting to check in. The unfortunate part, and Jack actually agrees with this, is it's still difficult to find a sense of security around here. I want to. I want to trust the people of Detroit, to think they just have a bad reputation, and that's it. But when you see first hand the amount of abandoned houses, of people clearly struggling, of businesses closed down, of empty streets, you understand why some people can resort to violence or crime.

    Blocks away from downtown Detroit, you have empty or abandoned buildings. It doesn't wait to hit the "bad" neighborhoods, it starts right smack downtown. Of course there's your usual fancier suburb, some with "neighborhood watch" signs (we won't be parking there for the night!), some with beautiful green lawns. But they are vastly outnumbered by the falling apart, sometimes still lived-in-can't-understand-how-its-still-standing houses.

    Detroit has been interesting for sure. A quick walk through the downtown core that showcased the incredibly rich architecture, topped off with a quick drive around Belle-Isle to admire the water front ended the day. We found our parking for the night through a pretty clever little app - RV Parky, and we're settled-in in front of the Michigan Welcome Center, where the view of the Ambassador Bridge is absolutely amazing.
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  • Day113

    Loooong Road Trip

    July 12, 2015 in the United States

    Kieran picks us up in the morning and we are off on a road trip to Toronto!!! This all sounded like a great idea at the time but its a massive 17 HOUR drive. Kieran and Trav do an excellent job driving and Suki does an excellent job chatting and sleeping in the back seat. Its not too bad though and we even manage to stop off in Detroit for dinner and check out the old abandoned train station and drive by many homeless people on the street.Read more

  • Day36

    Detroit, Michigan

    May 15, 2015 in the United States

    Heute hat uns die ganze Verwandtschaft hier nach Detroit entführt und uns Downtown city gezeigt. Danach gings noch (wohin sonst) in eine Sportsbar zur Stärkung....wie zu erwarten sehr kahlorienarm ;-)

  • Day9

    Der westliche Erie

    September 27, 2017 in the United States

    Heute noch in Ohio und auch gleich wieder in Michigan. Es ging um den westlichen Erie von Cleveland nach Ohio. In Cleveland erwartete uns die Rock&Roll Hall of Fame und die USS Cod. Da man in den USA immer recht viel für Parkplätze bezahlen muss, parkt auf dem Parkplatz der USS Cod der ist kostenlos. Kommt man dann von der Hall of Fame zurück, werden sie zwar meckern und es not fine finden aber mehr nicht. Beide sind sehr zu empfehlen. Vor allem aber die Hall of Fame . Richtig geil. Ca. 240 km nordwestlich haben wir Detroit erreicht, die Motorcity USA und so wurden wir auch empfangen. Auf dem Weg dorthin kamen wir durch Milan. Nee nicht Italien, Milan, die Geburtsstadt von Thomas Edison. Kurios, wir haben keine Strassenlaternen gesehen das in der Stadt des Erfinders der Glühbirne. Naja. Unser Motel in Detroit , das Rivertown Suites&Inn lebt von seiner Substanz aber es ist preisgünstig und liegt fussläuflich gegenüber dem GM Renaissance Center. Mal sehen was Detroit zu bieten haben. Auf jedenfalls schon mal kühlere Temperaturen. Bisher hatten wir um die 30 Grad und jetzt sind wir bei 24.Read more

  • Day10

    Motorcity USA

    September 28, 2017 in the United States

    Der erste ruhige Tag stand an. Wäsche waschen, was im Laundromat wunderbar funktioniert, Stadtbummel und entlang des Riverwalk liessen unsere Füsse etwas qualmen. Übrigens, wer Quarter sammelt sollte sich die im Laundromat holen. Detroit an sich ist eine Stadt die mir wahrlich nicht gefällt. Wie immer und Überfall sind die Menschen aufgeschlossen und freundlich aber die Stadt an sich ist für meinen Geschmack hässlich und ohne jeden Charme. Es gibt schöne Gebäude aus verschiedenen Jahren aber sie ergeben nicht wirklich eine Homogenität. Mittlerweile denke ich zu wissen welche Motels man meiden sollte. Gewisse Menschgruppen schaffen es einfach nicht oder wollen es auch nicht. Die Pizzeria Giordanos an der La Fayette kann ich wiederum sehr empfehlen. Jedenfalls wird Detroit nicht noch einmal ein Reiseziel von mir sein.Read more

  • Day11

    Ruhetag

    September 29, 2017 in the United States

    Ruhetag? Naja so ein wenig. Jedenfalls war nichts großartig geplant. Kurzerhand haben wir uns entschlossen in das größte Indoor Outlet Michigans, die Great Lakes Michigan Outlets, zu fahren. Eine gute Idee. Insgesamt 6 Stunden shoppen hat dann auch mir Spass gemacht. Sicherlich viele Geschäfte mit recht hohen Preisen für ausgefallene Sachen aber wenn man sich ein wenig auskennt und nicht sucht sondern findet, macht man schon das eine oder andere Schnäppchen. So auch wir und alle waren happy. Nun aber mal zum Fazit über Detroit. Für mich war es sicher das Letzte Mal. Nicht noch einmal dorthin. Detroit ist nicht wirklich eine schöne Stadt. Sie hat einfach keinen Charme und ausser das dort der Hauptsitz vieler Autohersteller ist kann man es vergessen. Unser Inn war eben auch nicht das Beste. Aber das kam noch dazu. Also ich kann nur empfehlen in Detroit das Rivertown Inn & Suites zu meiden und Detroit nur als Zwischenstation zum übernachten zu nehmen.Read more

  • Day13

    Detroit

    September 1, 2015 in the United States

    Tak a sme venku z USA. Prislo nam jako dobry napad se jet podivat na Niagarske vodopady. Jedeme z Kanadske strany. Prechod hranice OK. Jen je strasne zajimaji moje dve razitka z Egypta hned za sebou:)

  • Day81

    Rockin' Detroit

    July 30, 2016 in the United States

    * Birthday Celebrations 🎂 (Who the hell is Bob?)
    * GO Tigers ⚾

    Hello from Detroit!
    I am having a total fun time over here. Carolyn and her daughter Brooke are hilarious.
    Togehther with Laura and Pragya we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and I had a raspberry-lemon-cheesecake-birthday-dream 💚 so yummie!

    Yesterday we went to Eastern Market, a semi-open air market with local veggies, awesome Capuccino and Pizza 🍕did a River walk (with a nice view on Canada, which was only at the other shore), entered the Roofbar of the GM building (72. Floor) and joined a Tigers Baseball Game afterwards. I was so excited and it was awesome. There were not only the game going on, but also lotteries, races of people who were dressed as foam-cars (siriously), dance-battles, Group karaoke (Bon Jovi 👍) and so on and so on. It felt like the biggest children birthday party ever!

    Beside that we visited the Henry Ford museum where I found my 4-wheeler-dream 🚃, the Detroit Institut of Arts which was really cool. Drawings, furniture and sculptures from almost every century and culture.

    In between I am planning the Canada Roadtrip Adventure, which will start in a week 😁
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  • Day13

    Detroit, United States

    May 20, 2016 in the United States

    Little touch down here for a few minutes, but we're getting ready for take off to BOSTON!!!! I've applied my M-grain & stress away and I'm ready to go!

    We'll see all of you awesome members soon!!

  • Day65

    Riverwalk

    October 7, 2015 in the United States

    My host let me know a free place to park to check out the riverwalk. I started walking around, but didn't do a lot of it. It was pretty and apparently Canada is literally right across the way. I started walking to another point of interest and to get some exercise.

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