Since we are staying in the Quad City area for 10 days or so, it gave us the opportunity to make a road trip to Dubuque, Iowa. We traveled north along the Mississippi River on the Illinois side and south along the Iowa side after spending a night in Dubuque.
On the northbound journey, Anneke wanted to stop in the town of Fulton. They a have a new Dutch windmill that was constructed for them by a Dutch company. It is built in the traditional fashion and the guided tour was excellent. The huge wood beams came from Africa and the workmanship was very impressive. They also have built a visitor center that contains a history of windmills from around the world including dozens of models built by a local artist who was born in the Netherlands.
We left Fulton with the intention of pushing on to Dubuque direct. One of the great things about travel is that unexpected opportunities just pop up. As we approached Galena, IL, we saw the sign for visiting U.S. Grants home. We pulled off and took the tour of this home and learned a bit more about this famous Civil War general and President. While he did not spend a great deal of time here, it does provide insight into another side of his personality.
The stop also allowed us to find out more about Galena and we stopped downtown and walked the charming streets and found that this town is quite the tourist town. Who knew?