QUAD CITIES

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The “Quad Cities” region, at the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi rivers, was next up on the journey aboard the American Queen Steamboat paddle wheeler.  Located in northwest Illinois and southeast Iowa, the focus of the hop on-hop off bus route encompassed Davenport and Bettendorf, the two Iowa Quad Cities  We hopped aboard for a look around.

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The Isabel Bloom sculpture studio, in Bettendorf, was our first stop where we saw a demonstration of how they make their sculptures.

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In Davenport we chose to spend some of our time at the River Music Experience, which included a very cool performance by two local musicians, and a stroll through the Bix Beiderbecke Museum.  Davenport was home to the great jazz cornetist in his younger days, so the private not-for-profit museum was established for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and exhibiting material related to his life and career.

We also enjoyed the exhibits at the Figge Art Museum, where the highlight for us was seeing this Tiffany stained glass window:

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Downtown Davenport

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A bank building in Davenport

Back on board, the sail-away was eventful, between the bridges we sailed under, the calliope concert (always fun!), and the locks we went through.  It’s a tradition for the steamboat crew and passengers to throw beads to spectators at the locks, so one of the officers handed out strands of beads to toss to these onlookers, who made a sport of catching them!

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Next up:  BUMMING AROUND BURLINGTON

 

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ROAD TRIP DAY 16: CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS- WOW!

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There is no other word I can use to better describe the Corning Glass Museum. WOW! Just, “WOW!” That is the word I uttered time and time again as we made our way through the museum. Between the brand new 100,000 square foot, 64 million dollar extraordinary contemporary art wing of the museum to the ongoing glass blowing demostrations in their new state of the art amphitheater, it was all fantastic!

We we were so enthralled with everything we saw that we spent 7-1/2 hours there soaking it all in. We even returned to one of the glass blowing demonstrations again at the end of the day.

From Dale Chihualy to Louis Tiffany, and all of the best glass artists in between, the museum houses the most extensive and incredible collection of art glass glass in the world. The glass pieces on display span almost 2,000 years.

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Dale Chihualy

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Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Louis Comfort Tiffany

The 500-seat glass blowing amphitheater and more intimate glass blowing studio each house the most modern and top-quality furnaces in existence.

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This was a narrated glass blowing demonstration in the smaller studio.  There were large screen TV’s overhead.

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It just doesn’t get any better than this!

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This huge bowl of fruit measured approximately four feet in diameter.