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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Springfield Illinois Capitol -our last stop before winter storage.

Map picture

We settled down in Springfield fairgrounds campground that is located close to the downtown and not far from all the historical museums& sites mostly connected to President Lincoln.

The C.G has  around 200 sites and  is a part of a huge fairground with full hookups (a long sewer line is needed ) and WiFi,the place is very active year round holding many events like horse show,dog show ,flea market or life stock auctions,we were lucky to see a horse show and a dog show during our 5 day stay in the c.g.

Yesterday on Monday the 15th we drove downtown to the Tourist  Information center as we always do when we come to a new location –but found the the office closed and the downtown looking as a ghost town,so we looked around and found a traffic polis lady that said “The Government is shut down,it is Monday and it is Columbus day,so everything is closed,you can even park next to a meter without putting coins in it ,sorry for that”.

So in these circumstances the only thing the four of us could do  is walk the downtown ,see how deserted it is:

Springfield IL   Springfield IL   Springfield IL


Visit the New Capitol,an impressive huge beautiful building that for some reason was deserted but open for visitors:

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Walk in the village where President Lincoln lived not been able to enter any of the buildings:

Springfield IL   Lincolns House                   Springfield IL  and street


Visit Lincolns Tomb:

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So all in all we did not do to bad concerning the special circumstances.

But in the following day we managed to close the gap and go into the Lincoln Museum ( A MUST SEE) and go through the Old Capitol which I personally liked more than the new one because of its simplicity and accessible with a personal touch to the people rather than an expensive “cold” building with many doors.

Springfield IL     Springfield IL

As this might be my last post regarding our 12th RV summer trip and just before we store the rig and fly home for the winter  I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who took the time to visit my website and to apologies for not leaving remarks on some blogs,  see you all down the road in summer 2014.


R&R Chapter III said...

It was a supper adventure. Thanks for letting us share it with you.

Have a safe journey home. Enjoy the winter & happy planing of the 2014 season.
Via Con Dio dear friends.
Ruth & Roddy

Jim and Sandie said...

I'm going to miss you guys. Have a wonderful trip home and hopefully you'll take a few hikes that you'll can post about. Looking forward to next summer's adventures.

Karen and Tony said...

We crossed paths just days apart! We were at the state history museum on Sunday and the Lincoln Museum on Monday. Too bad - we would have enjoyed meeting you two.

Have a good trip home! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures next year.

Danny &Shula Oren said...

Karen& Tony,woow to bad,but if you are in the area please drop by to Springfield Fair Grounds today afternoon or tomorrow morning,we are in site number 4.

John and Carol said...

We weren't able to visit Springfield as we crossed Illinois this time, but your post makes it clear we must do that next time.
Have a safe journey home. We pray you and your country are safe over the winter.