Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rockin the Road: The Quad Cities

  Hi guys! I just got back from an awesome trip through some of the Midwest, to visit family. My aunt I had vague memories of from when I was around three, but I had no memory of my great-grandmother, and I met my Uncle Brent for the first time, with his two youngest kids. New cousins! And they were so adorable. But getting to see people after such a long time of separation, through things that had happened in life, it was certainly a precious blessing.

  We saw plenty of beautiful landscapes while on the road, and doing odd and end things while traveling through the Quad Cities. For those of you who don't know, it's a collection of five cities, including Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island. They straddle the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinios, and what was so interesting was that it took a moment for me to realize we were suddenly in another state. I recognized Davenport as being in Iowa, and realized only then that we had literally passed a bridge and left Illinois. Yes, certainly interesting. And I must say, passing it in the early morning as the sun was coming up was one of the most beautiful things I've seen during our road trips. It was interesting also to be able to see things where so much of my family's history happened.
  And of course, having the road where my mom's dog was run over pointed out like it was very very interesting...was interesting.

  Here are the best of the photos. Hope you enjoy. This trip has given me a taste for the Midwest.

mississippi river, centennial bridge
I had thought this turned out clearer, but still--interesting picture.

old davenport houses

river boat, davenport

centennial bridge, davenport

mississippi river davenport

mississippi river davenport

mississippi river davenport

mississippi river davenport

mississippi river davenport

mississippi river davenport

  I loved these views of the Mississippi river, and the Centennial Bridge in the distance. 

The best food discoveries by far were: Bierstade (in LeClaire, near the Quad Cities) and Whitey's, an icecream store. The first is a German food joint, and BOY WAS IT A SURPRISE. They had incredible food. Sausages, reuben rolls (those are to die for!) cheese sticks made in zesty heaven--gosh. I hadn't expected such a treat, and I would always suggest going with someone else--otherwise you'll end up eating absolutely everything yourself. I got a philly cheese steak and coleslaw. It was so good. I can't wait to go there again someday. Especially for those reuben rolls!!! If you stay in LeClaire, you absolutely must go to Bierstade. I just might get the reuben rolls as my dinner.

  I'll be posting more pictures of our trip to the zoo, the river, and the trip home.

Oh, and I meant to post this a lot earlier, but it kept slipping my mind. You'd think I'd remember, considering how fun it was, but this year Tara over at Penniless Socialite featured one of my African charm bracelets in one of her outfits! And I must say, it looked awesome, and I was so proud! Here's the link to Tara's post!

elephant bohemian braclet

  Catch you later!

  ~Miss Cocoa Latte


  1. This is so cool! I grew up in a teny tiny Iowa town close to the Quad Cities. My dad actually works for the City of Bettendorf. These photos are lovely.

    1. Oh, that's so cool! I love hearing of cool coincidences like this. Awesome. Glad you liked the pics!


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