Nom de Plumage

January 17, 2012

The City of Detroit

Filed under: Travel Journal — nomdeplumage @ 7:37 pm
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My aunt is blessed with some wonderful friends, who not only take help her when needed, but are there to support and encourage her. One such friend is a woman named Maggie and although she appears to be controlling and very persuasive, she means well. Maggie knew of my arrival and the second day of my visit she was already ringing and enquiring about me. On the third day, she was adamant that I need to see the city of Detroit and that her son and George will take us for a tour. So we did. They arrived and collected us around 3pm and the drive was very eventful to say the least. I was sitting in the back seat of George’s blue pick-up truck, listening to my aunt’s descriptive conversation of her new found love to us all. The two woman where totally oblivious to George and I. Sex and the lack of, where forerunners in the conversation and us two children could only blush and look out the car window.
Detroit is a city of contradictions and one that really impressed me. I know that there are areas where you do not go and that the cities violent reputation in grounded on many negative incidences, but the part that I did see was amazing. There is a wonderful mix of cultures and I loved the musicians playing wonderful soul music on the streets and people dancing to the rhythm. Yes, there were people asking for money, but you get that in all major cities. Great bars, cafes and restaurants lined the streets and there was a real buzz about the place. Our first stop was the main casino near Greek Town. George gave me some money to play on the poker machines, which was a wonderful surprise. I did not win, but his mother did and with the winnings we got onto the people mover to do a tour of the city. I got to see the different districts of the city and it’s diversities and the impressive Ford Stadium. We stopped at the Renaissance Hotel with the hope of going up to the very top to get a overview of the city. NO such luck. It was closed for a private corporate function. Instead we opted for a beer at the bar with the winnings.
We returned back to Greek Town to have dinner at a restaurant called Pegasus. The interior of the restaurant was very Greek, dark and full of Mediterranean style decor. Our waiter was brilliant and loved he professionalism and friendliness. First course was a tradition where the waiter flambe’s saganaki cheese at the table and yells out OOPAH! George ordered that course especially for me and I loved it. The cheese was salty yet soft and eaten with crispy bread. For my main, I ordered a fillet mignon. It was lovely and unlike one that you would get in Australia. The only complaint that I could make was the meat was over cooked and therefore tough. Dessert was the ever delicious baklava with a shot of cointreau. A beautiful meal, great service and wonderful company. Detroit is a city of surprises and although I may have never chosen to visit the city willingly, if not for my aunt living there, I am glad that I did.

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