|Minneapolis from the sky|
|Lake Calhoun from the sky|
We had a good laugh - particularly she with me as I read articles about Prince, watched Prince videos and wrote about Prince during the journey. She also taught me how to play Bejewled - which I may never recover from!
On arrival at the airport I picked up car - not quite a Little Red Corvette - more medium sized, red Volkswagen. I found out where the nearest AT&T store was so that I could go and get a SIM card to stay connected to friends and family at home and to the new friends that I had been in touch with in MPLS. The nearest store was in St Paul and I took a drive that was lined with the incredible colours of autumn trees, lining the banks of the Mississippi river.
As soon as I got connected, I had messages from some really wonderful local Prince fans, welcoming me to Minneapolis and plans to meet in the evening. There was a band playing in a local bar that would be doing Prince covers and ex-NPG members Sonny T and Michael B would also be there. I had just done a 9 hour flight and arrived at 5:30 in the afternoon - but this news was exciting and I was ready for a funky night!!
After a little while catching up with things at home I was going to head back to my hotel. I chose to stay 1/2 way between the Downtown area of Minneapolis and Paisley Park - so it was just a 15 minute drive from my hotel to The Park. I looked it up on my satnav and it was about a 20 minute drive from where I was in St Paul. After flying across the atlantic - I though why not do the extra 20 minutes - just to see Paisley Park before doing anything else. The sun was already setting when I headed out, so I thought that Paisley Park would probably be lit up. As you drive up to it on the freeway - you can see it right there. I was surprised to be able to see it from the freeway like that. It looked quite something all lit up.
It felt quite surreal to finally be outside Paisley Park. It's funny isn't it how many Prince fans would like to come here or even entertain the thought. How many bands or artists have a place where their fans feel like they want to go and visit to see where the "magic happens".
I think it's down to those lyrics that Prince put out into the universe in the song Paisley Park. "Admission is easy just say you believe and come to this place in your heart, Paisley Park is in your heart".
This was just the start of what was going to be a very funky night and exciting adventure in Minneapolis. The best was yet to come...
These pictures were taken from *outside* Paisley Park - in case you were wondering!!