Milwaukee…It’s More Than Beer

And that’s a good thing because I’m not a beer drinker, other than a social craft beer or two at dinner. But for enquiring minds…

Milwaukee became home to four breweries because in it’s early history Germans were a large part of the population. In 1880, about 27 percent of the city was native German. And Germans like beer, so…. Pabst, Miller, Schlitz and Blatz breweries emerged.

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But Milwaukee has some nice architecture too.

I appreciated that the downtown does not have towering skyscrapers as in Chicago. It’s 600,000 population is about twice the size of my county and so retains small city atmosphere.

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Coming into downtown Milwaukee

The city’s art museum has a spectacular Brise Soleil designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California, which I visited in 2011. Each morning, the museum’s opening is heralded by the opening of the wings.    Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGQJPkQL0fU

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City library

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Shriners’ Building

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Residences

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Residences

There are many beautiful residences in the area of Lake Park and along North Lake Drive.

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Milwaukee’s German heritage has of course resulted in German cuisine. MAder’s has been serving up German food for over 100 years and that was lunch.

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Sampler platter of saurbraten, schnitzel, goulash with local craft beer Potosi Pilsner

I’ll definitely go back to Milwaukee!