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College Town USA October 1, 2012

Posted by Stella☆LunaC in Historic Wisconsin.
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Last Friday Linda and I rode the bus to Madison, WI, for a long overdue day trip. We picked up the bus in Janesville, and enjoyed letting someone else do the driving for a change.
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The sights and smells are amazing, the hustle bustle of students traversing to and from classes, on bikes, scooters, skateboards, and on foot.

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We pulled into town about 9:00am and set out on our quest for yarn, books, anything that spoke to us. Linda was a great tour guide, having grown up in the college town, and took me through Union hall to see Rathskellers and their many painted murals.
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We strolled up Bascom Hill, paid homage to Abraham Lincoln, and wandered the hallways of Bascom Hall.

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The library was a work of art! Tiled ceilings, ornate fixtures, and a view from the second level that stops you in your tracks.

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We worked our way up the busy sidewalks, taking in the sights and smells. One area was set aside for the many street vendors who were busy setting up their carts for lunch. Everything from African to Asian to German was available, and it wasn’t long before mouth-watering smells began wafting up the streets.

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I scored an awesome knitting book, thanks to Linda’s keen eye; I missed it before she picked it out and instantly knew I had to have it! How apropo, she the Beast Writer, finding this! 😉

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We enjoyed a yummy lunch at Takara Japanese Restaurant, the sushi and tempura, to die for!
Finally, after many shops and photo shoots, we headed back to our bus stop. We stopped to take in the lake and view the shoreline from behind the scenes.
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Looking back, we both mused at why we don’t do this more often…but it was definitely worth the wait! See ya next year!

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