It's long and big airport. I made the mistake of walking to my gate. As I arrived from my flight from Singapore/Tokyo, I have the impression that my gate for my next flight would be near. I was wondering why people took the sky train to get to their gates. I should have followed them. After about 5 minutes of walking did I realize that my gate was still very far. I reached that about 5 minutes before the gate opened. So on the return leg, i took note of where I was (luckily my arrival gate was just near my departure gate).
Lesson Learned: know the airport you are transitting, specially if you have little transit time. Althoug it was cold on the outside, the airport was quite warm. The shops are along the way to your gate. I thoroughly enjoyed shopping for souvenirs as the staff were quite helpful.
Check a small Italian...
Check a small Italian Restaurant in downtown - I can't really remember the name but it's rated among the 10 best restaurants in America. It's near by DMC. Check a great view by the Renassaince center watching Windsor - Canada - on the otehr side of the river....it's great...one can even see the cars passing through.
SO...THIS IS DETROIT?
Detroit is made up of many different neighborhoods like any other city. Here are some highlights in the downtown area
Downtown business: includes GM headquarters and shops, Hart Plaza park for riverfront views and concerts, COBO Hall (auto show), Compuware building, Campus Martius etc.
Greektown: really part of downtown. Includes the Greektown casino, restaurants and pubs.
Bricktown: small area next to greektown - pubs such as the Detroiter
Theater/sports district: North of Downtown on Woodward Ford Field, Comerica Park, Fox Theater, Gem Theater, Detroit Opera House, Second City, State Theater, Hockeytown.
Harmonie Park: Cute area wedged between Greektown and Stadiums. Music Hall, Restaurants and a few shops. Historic German center but no German food here.
Midtown area/Museum center: Wayne State, Detroit Institute of Arts, Science Center, Historical Museum, Wright Museum (African American History), C-Pop art, Max Fisher (symphony). Some great restaurants/pubs and lots of trendy loft-dwellers.
New Center Area: Fisher Theater, some restaurants, residential, new tech center.
Indian Village: Upscale, historic residential. Belle Isle, Harlequin Cafe champagne bar (do NOT eat there - just enjoy the music and champagne).
Eastern Market: HUGE market area w/shops and restaurants. E. of downtown off Gratiot. Artists lofts.
Mexicantown: Vernor rd Near Ambassador Bridge. Great mexican food. Visitors shouldn't wander into the surrounds.
Corktown: Oldest neighborhood in Detroit. Artsy types. Michigan ave/ Trumbull/Rosa Parks area. Residential, a couple art galleries, pubs. Home of the St. Patty's Day Parade. Worst of Detroit:
Brightmoor. Don't worry, you won't make it there. It never ever was a nice part of town although it has an interesting history. this is a good place to if you want to see a street with 4 houses standing and the rest is overgrown with weed trees. My grandpa lived here. I went to look at a house down the road from his to see what $10,000.00 would buy and it wasn't pretty. But some people stay and maintain their houses nicely in the midst of ruins. Seriously...this is where film makers go to film destitution.
One nice thing though is The Redford Theater nearby in "Old Redford" . It is a restored art deco theater with the original Organ. They show old flicks and host body building events.
go to this website for great info on detroit and a map:
A Boat Trip on the River
The boat tour down by the Ren Cen (Reanaissance Center). Me & my friend were the only ones, besides a family of five, on the boat. The captain took a shine to us & invited us on the bridge where we proceeded to drink lots of beer . Captain Brian let us steer the boat & let me read the tourist scripts over the microphone, much to the liking of the crew. One of the crew members gave my friend his phone#. I dropped my camera and the back opened up, exposing some of my film! The scenery was nice too!
Detroit Science Center
The Detroit Science Center consists of the following exhibits and laboratories:
Matter and Energy Laboratory
Waves and Vibrations Laboratory
Dow Foundation Life Sciences Laboratory
GM Motion Laboratory
SBC Ameritech Children's Gallery
The section of the museum known as the Ford Learning Resource Center includes:
Earth Sciences The museum is located at 5020 John R Street at the corner of Warren Avenue. For information phone: