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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Artego's Pizza in Westport

Taco pizza


I know that the Westport (KC) area is home to many awesome restaurants. Artego's was one of those unintentional finds that quickly became a favorite place.

The day after Thanksgiving our family - and many, many others - planned to have lunch at Q39 at 1000 W 39th St in Kansas City. When we discovered a minimum two-hour wait, we looked around for other alternatives. The Plaza had our name written all over it for an afternoon of shopping, the art museum, and Christmas lights.

Artego's at 900 W 39th Street
in Kansas City
Almost next door to Q39, we found Artego's Pizza. No one in our group had ever eaten there, but since we were already parked, we decided to give it a try.

What a find! We all agreed it was definitely one of the top pizzas we had ever tried. What pizza are we talking about? The 39th Street! Wonderful sausage and other toppings - all fresh and tasty. We also ordered the taco pizza, which we all liked, but not with the same level of love we had for the 39th Street.

Several in our group ordered sandwiches or calzones and all raved about their choices. As we waited I watched the busy waitstaff carry out many delicious-looking menu items to other customers. The decor is delightful and I love the artwork.

I plan to try some other pizzas when I visit again - which I definitely intend to do.

They say location is everything. Artego's has a great location to get recognition in Kansas City.


Monday, November 28, 2016

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

North Entrance


I lived much of my adult life in Kansas City and visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has always been a highlight. However, I had not visited since we moved out of the area and I was eager to renew my acquaintance with this beautiful facility.

The majestic neoclassical structure opened in the 1930s. I had never seen the new Bloch Building Addition, which opened in 2007. It is an architectural marvel with its five glass pavilions over an underground building.

Christmas tree
with Nativity set


Luckily for me, I visited over the Thanksgiving weekend, and a Christmas tree already lit up the lobby. Over twenty feet tall, the tree is stunning at first sight. Several people in front of me covered up a Nativity set at the base of the tree. When they moved, I was thrilled to see the beautiful figurines created a couple hundred years ago.

Virgin & Child, around
1450s
A few of the collections of the museum include ancient, European, Asian, American, Native American and modern art. Renaissance and religious art are always among my favorites. I spent some time admiring several works before heading to the Bloch Building and the photography exhibits.

I could spend days in these exhibits, lost in the creativity of the photographers and the emotions they capture. Since I only had a couple of hours, I saw only a fraction of the offerings. I certainly intend to visit again while I'm close to Kansas City.
European knight in armor

1864 photo of Andersonville prison
by Andrew Jackson Riddle
If you plan to spend the day, visit the Rozzelle Court Restaurant. The menu looks great. Also, if you're looking for a special gift, you may find it in the Museum Store.

Where should you begin? I suggest you check out their website (www.nelson-atkins.org) before your visit. There is so much to see and you don't want to miss the collections or exhibits that are of special interest to you. If you have the opportunity, plan a visit before Christmas! I love that tree!

Visiting museums always evokes a sense of timelessness in me - an understanding that people in different ages and different cultures experienced the same hopes and dreams that we do today. I particularly sense this in ancient and medieval art. Each visit lives with me for days as I mentally wander through human history.
Bull set atop a column
at Persepolis in
the Persian Empire

The museum is free, but there is a charge to view the special exhibits.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Little Round House



Every town has its photo ops. This photogenic little round house in Louisburg, Kansas, was once a addition to the porch of a Victorian home in Paola, Kansas (just a few miles to the west).

In the 1930s, increased traffic in Louisburg necessitated an inspection station and the little house was moved to Louisburg to serve as a checkpoint office.

Over the ensuing years, it held several small businesses and during World War II, it served as temporary housing.

In 2005, the little round house was moved to the Louisburg City Lake, south of town on Metcalf. It has since been restored and is a part of Ron Weers Park, which features walking trails, a playground and a scenic view of the lake.

Even in winter, it is worth the drive to take a picture. Louisburg is about 20 minutes south of the Kansas City area. Metcalf runs through Overland Park. It is also accessible by taking Hwy 69 to the Louisburg exit and going east through town to Metcalf, then turning south.