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Last week-end, we got our first real taste of spring. My hubby and I decided to take a little getaway to one of our favorite towns, Galena, Ill. Galena is about a 2.5 hour drive for us and is located in the North West corner of Illinois, just a short jaunt from the Wisconsin and Iowa borders. 90% of Galena is on the historic register and President and Mrs. Grants home is also here. Galena is full of historic, beautifully restored brick buildings, some beautiful mansions, fabulous shopping and of course Grant's home. All this packed into a charming little town of about 4000. We had our first real taste of spring last week-end with temps in the upper fifties and today it's nearly 70 degrees.
Even the bagpiper wore his kilt.
We took in a lot of window shopping.
And checked out a lot of fun stores.
The trolley was up and running.
We took a tour of President Grant's home.
The town's people built this home for Grant and his wife after the war for 2,500 dollars. The state of Illinois was deeded this from the Grant family and the city of Galena.
The beautiful Belvediere Mansion. We toured this on a previous visit.
The downtown was a hopping. This is a favorite jaunt for many Chicagoans.
A view from downtown. The town is quite hilly.