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Detroit

You might also see the official Website for the City of Detroit:
http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/default.htm

As a second home, I must admit I like it, particularly its architecture, museums and performance halls. Although I am told Detroit itself has some problems.

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Aug. 18, 2005: “Paris of the Midwest, City of Churches, City of Trees, Motor City, Motown – all of these names have been synonymous with Detroit, once pronounced “day-twah” (from the French le détroit, meaning “the strait”). Now Detroit city is gritty, hardworking, and, yes, elegant, a city of heart and soul, never easy to capture in a single snapshot. As Detroit rolled into second half of the twentieth century it had, and still has, its share of big city problems. But today Detroit, “City of Champions,” is ready for a comeback and the chance to recreate the city that it once was.” (These sentences are taken from: Detroit THEN AND NOW by Cheri Y. Gay). I do like this description because it exactly introduces both sides of Detroit….

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Aug. 18, 2005: Belle Isle. It is located close to downtown, in the middle of the Detroit River. Belle Isle is actually a Detroit city park and it is open to the public for enjoyment.

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Aug. 2, 2005: Belle Isle

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Aug. 2, 2005: Belle Isle

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Dec. 10, 2005: Belle Isle in Winter

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Dec. 10, 2005: Belle Isle in winter, Canada on the horizon

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Dec. 10, 2005: Comerica Park – Home of the Detroit Tigers (baseball)

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Aug. 18, 2005: Just in front of Comerica Park

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Aug. 18, 2005: Hello, hello!!

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Aug. 18, 2005: It is me, first time in Detroit, driving my Ford Escort for a couple of days, still scared to death)

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Aug. 18, 2005: One of the first Ford’s car factory buildings

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Aug. 18, 2005: Just Detroit!

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Aug. 18, 2005: It probably used to be a famous shoe shop…

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Aug. 18, 2005: While driving my car, this road sign always drives me mad)

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Aug. 18, 2005: I could not omit this picture. It simply belongs to Detroit’ s identity, and, of course, to Eminem

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Dec. 10, 2005: Joe Louis Hockey Arena (I have been there!)

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Dec. 10, 2005: Football Arena – Detroit Lions, nowadays it is the final countdown for the city’ s big moment – SUPER BOWL starts on February 5th!!)

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Dec. 10, 2005: The Renaissance Center (GM Center)

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Aug. 18, 2005: The main building of GM

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Dec. 10, 2005: Detroit Science Center

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Dec. 10, 2005: The building of Wayne State University

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Dec. 10, 2005: The Detroit Institute of Arts

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Oct. 12, 2005: The sunset of Detroit

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Aug. 17, 2005: Henry Ford Museum, for more info click on http://www.hfmgv.org/

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Jan. 21, 2006: COBO - the building that housed 2006 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

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Jan. 21, 2006: Detroit rolls out the glitz at gala ...

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Jan. 21, 2006: Auto show

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Feb. 10, 2006: Japanese violinist Midori meets audience.

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March. 18, 2006: Me and Barb went into city to search for other interesting places of Detroit. And Detroit showed its beauty ...

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March. 18, 2006: A photo taken from the parking lot in Greektown

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March. 18, 2006: Greektown

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March. 18, 2006: People Mover

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March. 18, 2006: Greek Orthodox Church

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March. 18, 2006: The Renaissance Center directly ahead of us.The name was chosen to symbolize hopes that new complex would revitalize the city.

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March. 18, 2006: Fisher building ahead of us. Today the building, which houses the Fisher Theater and Detroit Radio Station along with shops, restaurants and offices, and a parking garage, is as beautiful as ever.

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March. 18, 2006: Henry Ford Hospital

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March. 18, 2006: One of the "low-income" houses ...

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March. 18, 2006: Motown Historical Museum is one of the Detroit' s most popular tourist destinations. Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the museum exists to preserve the legacy of Motown and to educate and inspire people from around the world.

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March. 18, 2006: Motown Music. "Remember that city called Motown? It' s Detroit, the Motor City. But Detroit is famous for more than cars. It' s where Motown music was born! Motown music began in the 1960s. It' s an African American music style. It combines gospel, soul, and rhythm and blues. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were big Motown stars. So were Supremes and the Temptations. People all over the country loved Motown music. Black musicians had never been this popular before. Motown opened the door for many other black musicians. Stevie Wonder was a Motown star even as a child. He recorded hist 1st song at age 12." (taken from: Welcome to the U.S.A. Michigan)

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March. 18, 2006: At the museum

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March. 18, 2006: Our guide

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March. 18, 2006: Imagine sitting at the piano where legendary artists composed their greatest Motown hits ...

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March. 18, 2006: Motown Studio A. The place where it all began!

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March. 18, 2006: The studio schedule ...

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March. 18, 2006: The drum set

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March. 18, 2006: Museum visitors having a fun ...

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April 7, 2006: "My Detroiters":-)) Sandy and Charles Novacek (it is obvious Charlie was born in Czechoslovakia). It was Karen Twomey who got us somehow together in spring. Since then we have been very good friends, sharing our Detroit cultural moments, and with Charles - Czech language! We were strolling the town and looking for remarkable places, in February we went to Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Midori Plays Tchaikovsky) and in April to Detroit Opera House to see performance of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. To our great surprise, the major choreographer was Jiri Kylian (Prague, 1947), well known Prague National Theater dancer!! Sandy works in Detroit library and also volunteers as a member of Preservation Wayne Board of Directors - the organization that helps to save and restore the unique buildings of Detroit. Charles is also an outstanding person, gifted in painting, writing and world languages.

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April 7, 2006: Their gorgeous apartment is located just in the heart of Detroit.

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April 7, 2006: Detroit Opera House. The main designer: C. Howard Crane. Crane designed many of the finest theaters in Detroit and more than 250 across the country. Here, the interior was rendered in a "Eropean Opera House Style," mixing elements of Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo.

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April 7, 2006: Baseball Fever - Hey, Hey, baseball came again!! Tigers home opener is today! Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox.

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April 19, 2006: Deeetroit Baaasketbaal!! Detroit Pistons vs. Washington Wizards, Game #41 Weds.

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April 19, 2006: The Palace-Auburn Hills - Ivo, I and Ivo:-)) I knew how happy they would be to take them to some Detroit games...

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April 19, 2006: Have a fun!! (unfortunately we lost)

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April 23, 2006: Irene and John showed us around the the town and then they let Ivo&Ivo know what a typical American JUNK FOOD is:-)) Dining at HOCKEYTOWN cafe. Here, you can catch you favorite teams on the new 63' HD flat screen Tv's, get your Sunday ticket and NHL Center Ice, and choose from 50 beers from around the world and see custom motorcycle displays. "... The best place in town to catch the face-off, kickoff or tip-off." - The Detroit Free Press.

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April 23, 2006: ... and just across the street - there' s Comerica park.

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April 23, 2006: After having been fully satisfied with food, we hit the road and got to Renaissance Center to test some fancy cars.

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April 29, 2006: On Saturday, April 29, me and my family set off to Detroit to baseball game. And knowing my son as a big hockey supporter, just day before I arranged to get last-minute play-off hockey tickets. So, in one day, that Saturday, we were great fans of two Detroit teams - Tigers and Red Wings.

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April 29, 2006: Comerica park. Let' s go Tigers!!

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April 29, 2006: It' s an amazing arena - Home of the Detroit Tigers.

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April 29, 2006: We had a good view at the Tiger Baseball Game and John desperetaly tried to explain to us the rules and all those baseball terms like "fielding," "hitting," "pitching," "throwing," "batting" etc. Best of us was "little" Ivo though.

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April 29, 2006: Game is on! Tigers vs Twins

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April 29, 2006: The view of Detroit

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April 29, 2006: We had a great time!

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April 29, 2006: And fun ...

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April 29, 2006: And we WON!!!!!!!

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April 29, 2006: Then we headed for Joe Louis Arena to support my favorite team - Detroit Red Wings.

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April 29, 2006: The drummers welcoming hockey fans and creating a wonderful atmosphere.

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April 29, 2006: Let' s go Red Wings....

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April 29, 2006: Conference Quarterfinal Stanley Cup Playoffs. Round 1 Home game 3 Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton. Ivo having fixed his attention on the game...

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April 29, 2006: It' s over...and you can read from the facial expressions we lost ... That' s life, that' s game, next time!!

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April 29, 2006: Leaving J. L. Arena - a view of Canada.

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May 19, 2006: Deborah, a friend of mine, has come to Michigan recently for a four-day visitation. During her visit we toured Detroit, Dearborn (Greenfield Village) and many other small towns around Michigan. Francis, the president of preservation Wayne has guided a 4-hour downtown walking tour around Detroit with Deborah and I. He literally knows each stone of this city. This tour included geographic, architecture, and other the most important features of Detroit. Enjoy the beautiful nature, buildings and art-deco of the city on the Straits on a rainy Friday morning.

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May 19, 2006: Downtown Detroit

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May 19, 2006: The Michigan Soldier' s and Sailor' s Monument dedicated to the Civil War (1860s)

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May 19, 2006: The interior of Dime Building

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May 19, 2006: This used to be one of the Eminem's close friend's house.

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May 19, 2006: And Eminem's favorite bar.

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May 19, 2006: PENOBSCOT BUILDING. In the short span of a decade (Detroit's architecturally roaring twenties), the city saw an impressive array of skyscraper design. One of the dominant of Detrot. Dramatic exterior lighting accentuates the tower's upper reaches at night.

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May 19, 2006: GUARDIAN BUILDING (originally the Union Trust Building)

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May 19, 2006: The Guardian building interior. Italian travertine and black marble floors, and gaily colored patterns of mosaic and Pewabic tile recall the ebullient twenties.

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May 19, 2006: The Guardian Porter and I.

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May 19, 2006: The pure Detroit - Pewabic tile. Pewabic Pottery is a studio for the design and production of custom architectural tile and vessels and a center for of the ceramic arts.

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May 20, 2006: This is one of the finest parts of Detroit. My favorite is the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit.

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May 20, 2006: This is a phenomenal building that I appreciated most. On the river front, this five tower complex is a modern city within a city. Its facade is made of reflective glass. The Renaissance Center dramatically dominates the Detroit skyline.

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May 20, 2006: At GM Renaissance Center you may dine, shop or play. Whatever your shopping desire, the RenCen Shops have it all! From practical to fanciful.

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May 20, 2006: In today's society General Motors Headquarters has grown a great deal with technology advances every day.

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May 20, 2006: War Memorial. A powerful simplified eagle in the shape of a "V" clutches an olive branch. The work is a relief, playing an integral role in the expansive marble wall.

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May 20, 2006: At the Detroit river.

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May 20, 2006: Detroit Princess Boat.

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May 20, 2006: Canada across the river!!

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May 20, 2006: One of the ways how to get there:-))

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May 20, 2006: "Gateway to Freedom" memorial on Hart Plaza.

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May 20, 2006: Francis pointing a finger at the city map.

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May 20, 2006: Detroit skyline at day.

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May 20, 2006: This building was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed World Trade Center in New York. Hes still has an office in Detroit.

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May 20, 2006: ONE WOODWARD - the beginning of the famous avenue of Detroit area. Also designed by Yamasaki.

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May 20, 2006: The fountain on Hart Plaza.

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May 20, 2006: Old Mariner's Church. The oldest stone church surviving in detroit, Old Mariner's was erected to solace seamen visiting the busy port of Detroit.

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May 20, 2006: The final structure is reminiscent of a rural English parish church. (1849; relocated 1955)

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June 14, 2006: On June 14, 2006 me and Ivo joined Preservation Wayne event on Belle Isle at Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Named "Reflections from a sewer to the Straits" was to reflect on the vision that started Detrot's oldest and largest preservation organization. Nobody else but Sandra Novacek - a member of Preservation Wayne Board - invited us.

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June 14, 2006: There was: Hors d' oeuvres, cash bar and silent auction.

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June 14, 2006: Great Lakes map...Can you see Michigan? (a mitten?) :-))

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June 14, 2006: Ivo as a sea captain!

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June 14, 2006: Let us not say "good-bye" Detroit and Belle Isle but "until we meet again." We love you. Jari and Ivo

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