I like Diagonal Street. Not sure why it's here, but it's the only street out of line with the nearly perfect grid of streets around town. I mean, this place has a very steep hills (as a matter of fact Hill Street (see tip)), yet the streets are nearly squared off. Diagonal goes with the slope, not right up it.
It also let me use my panoramic feature to good effect.
Overview of a Wonderful Weekend in Galena
1. Beautiful Church Steeple in Galena.
2. Delicious Food in Galena [this was breakfast at the Courtyard Restaurant at the DeSoto House Hotel.
3. Belvedere Mansion in Galena.
4. Four Friends during Ladies Getaway Weekend: Dee, Mickey, Marcia, & Jill.
5. Statue of General Grant in the Grant Park in Galena.
My three friends, Mickey, Marcia, and Jill, are all English teachers. Marcia is the only one who is not retired. We decided that we needed a Ladies Getaway Weekend. We used Jill's Ford, and Mickey and I did all the driving.
We arrived in Galena about 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2007. [It's a 3 1/2 hour drive from our homes]. We had beautiful rooms in the DeSoto House Hotel. That night we ate pizza, talked, and went to bed about midnight.
Saturday we had breakfast in the hotel , shopped, had a wine tasting/buying, took a walk to the park, ate lunch and dinner. After dinner, we had ice cream at our favorite ice cream parlor. Early Sunday morning, Mickey and I took a nice walk around town and to the park. We ate Sunday Brunch at the hotel.
After we check out of our hotel, we then drove to Dubuque, Iowa and shopped at what I call the "Bluff Shops". We then drove back over the Mississippi River and took a guided tour of the elegant Belvedere Mansion. Once the tour was over, it was time to say goodbye to lovely Galena.
We really hated to leave because we had so much fun, because we all love
to shop in the great shops, because we all love architecture and history, because we love good food and ice cream, and because we cherish our long-time friendship.
Don't miss the 'Tri-State...
Don't miss the 'Tri-State View' tower a few miles east of town along US-20. On a clear day one can see all the way into Wisconsin and Iowa, but the beautiful, rolling countryside of the immediate Driftless Region takes the prize. Note, it is not handicapped accessible.
I took a troubled high school kid to Galena for a relaxing weekend. She challenged me, and I gave her back. And in the end, we exchanged a bear hug. I guess you just have to try. She will be graduating this year. Congrats, girl.
We got on a boat and sailed down the Mississippi river.
We saw a bald eagle.