Friday, December 14, 2012

Madison, WI (Plus Videos!)

If we had been told that we couldn't ever leave Madison, we would have been okay with that.  Wisconsin's capital city also happens to be a college town, which means great food (most any cuisine you want, and usually for cheap), fun boutiques, and a serious bike culture. On top of all that, the city has a good dose of older architecture, which always wins me over.

After a quick lunch at the wonderfully quirky Ella's Deli (if you have kids, bring them there), we set out on our bikes to explore the town. The capitol building is beautiful and definitely worth a peak inside. Monona Terrace, a design proposed by Frank Lloyd Wright but not realized until after his death, provides a good vantage point for watching the boats pass by on the Monona Lake. State Street is packed with eclectic shops and restaurants and is the perfect spot for people watching.

What really sealed the deal for us was the college student center, Memorial Union Terrace. The terrace sits on Lake Mendota and is open to the public - grab a pitcher of beer and enjoy the view from the superbly bright chairs, chill on the dock, or go for a swim.  We were both in a bit of a mood when we got there but after a couple sips of beer in the blazing sun, all was better again. And, I mean, the college mascot is the Badgers - perhaps the most popular mascot to have after the fame of this video?

After a Latin American dinner at Inka Heritage (the food was delicious) we went to a local park to watch the sun set over the lake. We were pleased to join the locals who were already at the park, playing basketball and frisbee, and feeding the ducks.


Here's a peak inside Ella's Deli:
When we were biking after dinner we passed a ski team practicing tricks:

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