In August of 2016 we hosted a family friend’s daughter from my hometown Larissa in Greece. This is a post with some of the places we took her to show off Michigan!
You can support TBB by applying for CREDIT CARDS, shopping with our AMAZON AFFILIATE LINK & clicking our REFERRAL LINKS. Thank you!
I got her the plane tickets. I burned a total of 87,500 United miles for her round trip:
Thessaloniki SKG – Munich MUC on Aegean, onwards to Chicago ORD and Detroit DTW on United. All in Business Class
Detroit DTW to Chicago ORD to Frankfurt FRA on United, onwards to Thessaloniki SKG on Aegean. In Economy Class.
She was just sixteen and never flown before. So she got to experience flying Business Class for her first flights. Maybe I ruined her?
What follows are a bunch of pictures of some places we took her. We enjoyed hosting her and we hope this trip was a fun experience of her. Certainly eye opening, talk about culture shock. So, enjoy the ride, here we go!
We took her all around Detroit downtown and to the beautiful Riverfront. Canada is on the other side of the river. Windsor to be more exact.
We went for a drive around Belle Isle:The world famous Detroit Tigers Comerica Park stadium:
Walking around the city…Of course a visit to Detroit would not be complete without a visit to the world famous Lafayette Coney Island!You are in Detroit, the Motor City, so you just can not escape its car history. Here is a mural outside the Renaissance Center which just happens to be the world headquarters of General Motors Co. I used to work in one of the three skyscrapers here when I used to work for the man. I really missed working downtown sometimes, Greek Town is only a few blocks away.
Other cities have tour buses, we have the…Detroit People Mover. The train that is above you. It just does a small circle around the downtown area. 75 cents per ride. I always enjoyed taking pictures from the last car looking behind us…like this one!One night I took the girls to the Frita Batidos Cuban inspired street food restaurant in Ann Arbor. My kids love this place, I like it and certainly do not love it!When you are in Ann Arbor and like ice cream, the place everyone goes to is Blank Slate Creamery. Yummy!We also took her to Lake Michigan for a swim. We like the beaches in the Grand Haven area. This comes the closest to the beauty of the Larissa area beaches… A fun visit to the US would not be complete without experiencing a visit to an amusement park. Especially when the one we visited is the roller coaster king of the world, Cedar Point. I remember visiting this place for the first time when I was an exchange student in high school. I thought it was heaven on earth. I still do! This is my favorite ride in the world. Top Thrill Dragster. I LOVE IT! I took the kids to Chicago so our guest can finally see some real skyscrapers and get the feel of a real American big city. We stayed at the Chicago Fairmont for two nights. It did not cost us much, believe me 🙂 I even “splurged” for the Gold Floor, which would be a real disappointment if I had to pay for it lol. View from the Gold Floor:
Across from the Fairmont, you see the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel. I tried to burn some points here for a night but I just could not pull the trigger. Remember the days when you can get two nights for the price of one in Club Carlson points? #goodolddays
We were joking then. No joke anymore…
I love this picture, the light is just perfect!
We just can not escape this dude… Chicago Style pizza at Giordano’s.
Finally, a selfie when I don’t kill the picture, high five!
Killing some Platinum Presidents Club food certs in the Fairmont 😉Of course we had to take her up North, one of the most beautiful areas of the country we think. We stayed for a weekend in Traverse City. I burned two expiring Club Carlson e-certs and stayed at the very adequate Country Inn & Suites inside Traverse City. Rates are usually pretty high in this area in the summer and the e-certs worked just perfectly! They were the compensation given by US Bank for killing the “buy one, get one free” night benefit for the Club Carlson Visa. I am glad I persisted asking for them!Of course one of my favorite places in Michigan is the Sleeping Area Dunes!
Epic photo! Do not attempt this, going down is easy, coming up is a major BITCH! You have been warned!
So you are coming to Michigan next year?
Traverse City is a beautiful small town. I love this shot, small town America at all its glory:
The culinary scene in Traverse City is hot!A visit to Ann Arbor will not be complete without a visit to one if its institutions, Zingerman’s Deli.
And yes of course we had to visit another American institution 🙂
Why stop there? Off to another institution, Chipotle lol.
We had to come by the Greek church in Ann Arbor to at least say we visited it.Last meal at our favorite Ann Arbor Indian restaurant, Cardamom.
TSA’s turn 🙂Check out my updated blog lists: Blogs I Love, Blogs I Like, Blogs To Ignore
Follow TBB on Twitter @FlyerTalkerinA2
You can subscribe to TBB below, winners only!
Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.
Good memories! Beautiful kids.
Slow days here in Cali. Ate too much at Gen BBQ in San Jose last night. Laundry day today. Maybe I find the gym…
Jerry Mandel says
Did you really skip the Detroit and (2) Chicago zoos? And the Henry Ford museum and village?
Detroit Art Institute and Chicago aquarium and Field Museum?
Hey, need to leave some for next time!
VFTW felt the urge to pump the misleading 100k BA Visa.
I expressed my discrepancies over there. This card has become so bad thanks to AA killing the availability and the nerfing of the the 4500k awards (how not to miss those awards….)
No worries, Doctor of Credit and Tagging for Miles will link to him again like they do every day. Cant wait for the next farting passenger mega hit #barf
Why are you such an awkward person? Do you not feel weird about telling a 16 year old girl who isn’t related to you to pose for multiple pictures alone? Most adults would. They wouldn’t post those pictures on the internet. You’re so awkward.
Ignoring that ^^^^
What do you know about the A330 flights between MSP and CUN on delta? I’m taking my sister on a trip to Cancun in January and saw a fairly low priced ticket up front. It’s only her second time flying, so it may be the only chance she ever has for something like this.
So it’s ticketed as first class on an international flight, which means access to the Delta lounge for both of us? Will it get us anything else? I’m not very familiar with delta (I normally only fly them when United screws up and I get rebooked)
If ticketed in F u should get in the MSP sky lounge.
No idea about that actual flight…but I would nor expect much.
Now I will go back to my corner and continue being awkward…
The CUN-MSP flight is ticketed in Z, and the MSP-OMA flight is ticketed in A.
I believe Delta considers mexico international but not the carribbean. So you should be ok in the lounge
TBB history is made:
The first blog comment from aliens on Mars.