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July 20th, 2013              

    Tara and the kids met me after work on Saturday, July 20th, for a quick trip to downtown Detroit to show Carlos some of the sights. We made our way down the famed Woodward Avenue all the way from Pontiac to the heart of Detroit. We ended up parking in a garage near the Renaissance Center before making our way towards the Detroit River. We explored a brief stretch of the Detroit RiverWalk before heading into the "Ren Cen". We entered through the GM Wintergarden before taking some time to view the new cars on display in the lobby. From there we headed upstairs to catch the People Mover for a ride to Greektown, pointing out some of the landmarks to Carlos as we made our way around the circuit (such as Joe Louis Arena, Comerica Park, and Ford Field, among other buildings which we are unaware of the names). We even got to see a movie set being built, which as far as I can find on the never-wrong internet, was a set for the movie Transformers 4, which is supposed to replicate Hong Kong. Nice!   

Tour of Downtown Detroit

Looking south across the Detroit River at the Canadian side of the river and the city of Windsor from the Detroit RiverWalk in front of the Renaissance Center.

Looking east down the river, you can see the Ambassador Bridge in the background, with the Detroit Princess riverboat in the foreground, on the near right.

A look west at the Detroit River.

The Renaissance Center, world headquarters of General Motors.

The Caesars Windsor casino on the Canadian side of the river.

Jayden, Andrew, Samantha, Tyler, and Carlos standing on the Detroit RiverWalk with the Detroit River in the foreground and Canada in the background.

Looking up at the center tower of the Renaissance Center through the roof of GM's Wintergarden.

Drew standing in front of a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette in the GM Showcase. He was pretty bummed that the new Stingray version of the Corvette was not on display.

Another 2013 Chevrolet, this time the ZL1 Camaro.

Jay and Drew standing with the title character from the movie "Turbo", which is in front of a highly modified Camaro ZL1, which is also from the movie.

Another look at the movie ZL1.

Drew and Jay standing with Shaquille O'Neal (or at least a cardboard cutout of him).

A look west from the Renaissance Center People Mover station.

Drew, Tara, and Sam sitting on the people mover. Does this photo ring a bell? If not, check out these pictures from our visits to the NAIAS: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 editions.

Tyler, Jay, and Carlos enjoying the ride.

A look back at the Renaissance Center from the People Mover.

One of the entrances to Joe Louis Arena from the People Mover.

Jayden on her tippie-toes looking out the rear window of the People Mover train.

Tara and Jay conversing in their seats.

The construction of a movie set is taking place in the middle of downtown...

...and it appears to be for the movie Transformers 4.

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