Tips - Tips are customary in...
Tips - Tips are customary in Indianapolis as well as the whole state. Unlike some foreign countries our waitresses rely on the tips to survive. In Indianapolis the common tip is 10-20%. Sit down hamburger restaurants tend to be around the 10-15% range. However, if you are eating at a nicer restaurant, 20% of the bill should be added on.
The Lovely Irwin Home and Gardens
Jill & I were "stopped dead in our tracks" when we saw the Irwin home & gardens.
The Irwin-Sweeney-Miller home was enlarged & remodeled in 1910. At that time, architect Henry Phillips, designed the remodeling & the gardens. The garden is a copy of one in Pompeii, Italy. Miss Elsie Sweeney was the one who found the original garden in the ruins "of the historic city reduced to rubble by Mount Vesuvius." The garden was named Casa degli Innamorati and had belonged to friends of Tiberius' mother, Livia. The garden in Pompeii was much smaller.
There is an elevated summer house that copied a design from a lakeside structure at theVilla of Hadrian at Tivoli, Italy. There is a long, lowered section between the terrace & summer house with a long pool as its focal point. It was added to extend the local gardens all the way to Pearl Street.
There's a statue under the center arch that is copied from a fountain in the Vatican gardens in Rome, & across from the Italian wishing well is a metal elephant that is a copy of one which was at the St. Louis World's Fair pavilion.
Near the house, there are four Greek busts of Diogenes, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle (copied from Hadrian's villa).
Both the house & gardens have copied murals of pompeiian murals. There's a tall brick wall that is rounded in imitation of 16th-century gardens in Mantua, Italy.
The house has seven windows (for views of the garden), and the stained glass transom windows above the large windows symbolize a day of the week (a symbol of the god for whom the days were named.
The gardens open on weekends in May and continue to be open until the first hard frost.
I've been to all those spots in Italy, and I love gardens and mythology, so I was so upset that we were there in April, when I could only look through the wrought iron fencing. These are truly elaborate designs for this marvelous Italian garden
The food here is great, over all the place is modern and beautiful. The wait-staff isn't very good, we waited a long time and she auctioned off our food when she brought it. And our sushi was mixed up on each others plates. I assume that they are trying to create a more up-scale environment, especially with the prices; so maybe they should fix those few problems.
UPDATE: 7-28-08 The food is still good, I had a great lunch there. Bento Box: steak teriaki, shrimp tempura and a few other tempura veggies, miso soup, house salad, a spring roll, a potato cake, and an orange. Price was $10
This time the service was good, i sat for awhile because the hostess didn't tell any server i was there and the hostess acted bothered to seat me. After my encounter with the hostess the experience was good! I really enjoyed the eel and the seaweed salad.
Duck Pin Bowling : Fountain Square
This place is so cute! In the basement and on the 3rd floor they have duck Pin Bowling. The alleys are shorter than normal and the balls are half the size of normal. The balls don't have holes in them, you just throw the ball down to the end. In my opinion it is best to go to the third floor bowling alley, it has a nice view there. If you go there around 2-3pm when they are slowed down you can ask for a tour of the building. You can go behind the bowling machines on the 3rd floor and if you look on the ceiling you can see signiture of kids that use to have the job to set up the pins. It is really cool! While you are there you should check out all of the bowling antiques, sort of a funny thing see. But it is really interesting all the stuff they have!
A Marvelous Place To Become A Part of History
Conner Prairie is a living-history museum located just 15 miles northeast of Indianapolis. (See travelogue on Conner Prairie for more photos.)
The site was developed around the original home of William Conner, an influential fur trader who moved to this spot on the banks of the White River in 1802. He married a Delaware Indian woman, McKinges; they had 6 children. Conner was an interpreter for the negotiators of the 1818 Treaty of Saint Mary's, Ohio, which effected the removal of the Delaware and other tribes from central Indiana to Missouri. Mekinges, the daughter of a chief, elected to move with the other Indians, taking her children with her. Conner chose to stay. 8 months later, he married Elizabeth Chapman, a white woman 20 years his junior, with whom he had 10 children. It was in 1823 that he built this Federal-style brick house on a bluff overlooking his property.
The Conner House has been restored & furnished with period pieces, some original to the Conner family. This 1836 Village includes a number of residences & buildings arranged to portray a typical settlement of that period. Each place is occupied by a costumed guide who will does normal daily work activities & will have conversations with you as though you, too, were living at that time period. There are log cabins, several vernacular residences, a Greek Revival house, schoolhouses, a general store, & a blacksmith shop.
When you cross over the Cedar Chapel Covered Bridge, it is 1886 in Liberty Corner, a rural Indiana community. The Zimmerman's Farm & Home are wonderful plus there is a log barn, a Pennsylvania Bank Barn, a Friends Meeting House, & District #2 School with a perfect teacher as seen in photo.
Walk the trail by the White River to go to the 1816 Lenape Indian Camp. You'll see the McKinnen's Trading Post, wigwams, & interact with an Indian. (See travelogue).
Don't miss the fine Museum Shop, The Creamery, & Persimmon Restaurant.