|Stone Arch Bridge|
Don't count me as an expert since I've only spent one day in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul, but in the last two days, I've come away with the knowledge that the "twin cities" are, in fact, very different.
We first viewed the historic Stone Arch Bridge from the modern Guthrie Theater. The ancient river is bordered by a first-class byway for biking and walking. The city is alive with its diversity of citizens and visitors.
The second day we visited St. Paul. My first impression of the cityscape was the total difference from Minneapolis. The skyscrapers are fewer and more traditional. Two stunning buildings dominate the skyline and define St Paul as an historical city with classic beauty.
|The cathedral's main altar|
|Cathedral of St Paul|
I didn't go inside the state capitol, but the classic beauty of the design and white stone demands attention. According to Wikipedia, the unsupported marble dome is the second largest in the world, second on to St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The building opened in 1905.
|Minnesota State Capitol|
I'm sure I will learn more about the similarities and differences, and Minnesotans may correct me, but I liked the differences I found in the two cities. The twin cities cannot be described as one big metropolitan area. Each has its own style and culture. I love the differences!
We are staying at the Residence Inn in Roseville which borders both Minneapolis and St Paul. It's surprisingly easy to navigate within the metro area, even with the preparations for the 2018 Super Bowl.