Phoenix – Day 3

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Downtown Phoenix on a Monday morning.

M and I thought we’d see more people on Monday since we figured someone had to work in the buildings around our hotel. Can you see the one guy crossing the street? It was crazy busy. Light rail was pretty much the same too.

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M walking to the Irish Cultural Center before we knew it was closed Mondays.

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Stone work for the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix.

Our first ideas were to visit the Trolley Museum and Irish Cultural Center but both were closed. So we walked back towards the light rail station to see if we could get drinks and find something else.

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Going through pamphlets were some ideas in Phoenix.

We couldn’t find anything so we decided to hit the information center near our hotel and see what their suggestions were. Most of their pamphlets were for restaurants, museums we already seen or things that were closed on Mondays or for the summer so we finally asked how to get to a shopping mall or district and were directed to Scottsdale via light rail and bus.

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Camelback Mountain from the bus.

Not including waiting in the wrong area for the bus, it took about 40 minutes total travel time via public transport. We were pleasantly surprised to have found where everyone was hiding – the mall.

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We got off at the wrong stop so had to walk about three blocks.

We walked around a bit at the mall and then decided to talk to the information people at the mall to see if they had any suggestions for things nearby. The nice little old lady told us about the free shuttle that runs from the shopping area through the gallery/art district to Old Town and back. Great! Something to do for free after lunch, at least until 6 when the last shuttle ran.

We ended up eating at a sit down Mexican restaurant in the mall since we were really thirsty and getting hungry but the Food Court was packed. I don’t remember the name of the place but the food was decent and service was good.

Before heading out for our free ride to Old Town Scottsdale, we hit Macy’s because M wanted to try on a shirt she saw prior to leaving home but they hadn’t gotten it in her size yet.

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Sugar Bowl, Old Towns Scottsdale, AZ

First thing we did was get ourselves some delicious sherbet at the Sugar Bowl. Yum.

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The cartoonist Bil Keane (who lives nearby) featured the Sugar Bowl in his Family Circus comics.

We spent the next couple of hours looking for cheap little gifts for everyone back home. We had a good time, but finally headed back to the mall around 5 to catch the bus back to the light rail.

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My Big Fat Greek Restaurant for dinner again.

It was going on 7 when we got back towards our hotel so we decided to hit My Big Fat Greek Restaurant again for dinner since we really liked it the night before and I had a coupon for 15% to use within five days. 

The place was much busier but we still loved the Garlic Hummus starter and our entrees. The host ended up serving us since we were seated right near his stand. He was quick and friendly.

I wish we had this place near us. It was that good.

Day 4 tomorrow.

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