My husband and I had a date night last Thursday. It was perfect weather for a night out. We enjoyed a nice casual dinner followed by a showing of The Book of Mormon at the Detroit Opera House. Thanks to my dear parents, the girls got to do a sleepover at their house, which was really nice because, for once, we didn’t feel like we had to rush back. These pictures were taken right after our dinner at Ottava Via, a nice little Italian restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere located in the Corktown district of Detroit. They have great sangrias and a delicious Funghi Pizza. I don’t like to get dressed up for shows unless it’s a special occasion. But I didn’t want to go completely casual either. I opted for simple and chic and ended up with a black and white outfit, as I often do.
After taking these pictures we decided to drive around the area to see some of the old historic buildings. The old Michigan Central Station (below) ran its last train 26 years ago and it’s still standing, once in its majestic glory and now a monumental ruin. It made me a little sad to think that Detroit was once a hustling and bustling city and now it’s practically a ghost town, at least some parts.
The Book of Mormon was hilarious and very entertaining, though I found some parts offensive. The lively chatter of the post show crowd made the night seem young so we decided to go for a walk. It had been so long since we had a chance to enjoy a quiet night alone without the kids, it was the perfect opportunity. After a couple of blocks of mostly closed stores and restaurants, we decided to make our way back. We noticed that the theater crowd had completely dissipated leaving us with the distant sound of chatter from the only open restaurant in the area. Despite the contradictory evidence, I can’t help but feel that this city has so much potential, that it will one day, hopefully soon, go back to the vibrant city of its heyday. We just have to wait and see.
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