Last Friday night, my boyfriend and I drove to Circle City for the Above and Beyond concert. They were also playing at Navy Pier the next day, but we seized the excuse to travel to a new place and saw them at the stunning Old National Centre. We're so glad we went, because Indianapolis blew us away!
Chicagoans love Milwaukee, Geneva, and Galena, but rarely talk about Indianapolis as a hot spot. We felt welcomed everywhere we went. The word Scott kept using was "unpretentious."
The first place we went on the Saturday morning after the concert, was the Sailors and Soldiers Monument. It was right in front of the Sheraton, where we stayed the first night. We climbed up all tight, steep 331 steps to get to the gorgeous 360 view downtown. Two people couldn't walk side by side, though there was also an elevator.
After the work out, we went to the Artsgarden for a free performance by a talented and adorable group of little girls from Iibada Dance Company. They twirled through dances from Japan, Congo, Liberia, India, and Trinidad and Tobago. I loved their costumes best of all, and the bright colors inspired me when I went to the Mass Ave Knit Shop next.
Finally, we did some dancing of our own at Riolo Dance. It was our first time trying ballroom, and the instructor, Natasha, was so patient in showing us the steps of a meringue. We did eventually get some twirls down after a lot of practice, but we could not keep up with the beat when they turned on Shakira. A couple other instructors showed us the waltz, rhumba, and foxtrot. We'll definitely come back to the studio next time we're in town!
If you get a chance to visit this friendly, historic city, let me know what you find. I know we haven't seen the smallest part of all Indianapolis has to offer.