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Detroit Murals in the Market Walking Tour in Eastern Market

Some of the best experiences I’ve had in Detroit up until now have involved murals. The stories they tell, the design and creativity of, and the simple fact that you can touch and interact with them has made for eye-opening experiences when in the city. Recently I was invited by Feet on the Street Tours to go on an Eastern Market mural tour. Of course I jumped at the chance!

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

During a two-week period every year at the market is the world-renowned Murals in the Market, an international mural and public arts festival. Artists of all ages and skill sets from all over the world converge on Eastern Market to create dozens of new murals. They decorate the streets of this historic market and neighborhood.

The Feet on the Street’s “Murals in the Market Walking Tour” I did took place right after this festival.

Tip: Head down to Eastern Market during the festival to catch the artists in action, watching new murals come to life.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Becky, the Business Manager for Feet on the Street, was our tour guide for the two-hour walk. She was very informative throughout, telling us not just about some of the pieces and their backstories, but also gave a lot of good information about the festival and Eastern Market. You could definitely tell the passion she has for this neighborhood and Detroit. Things were kept light, as there was lots of laughter throughout.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

As we were walking we passed by random coffee spots, meat, produce and international markets, breweries, and a lot more. Add In fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, plants, etc. if you are touring here on a farmers market day. The hustle-and-bustle and all the people just walking around experiencing this part of Detroit is refreshing to see.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

The tour began and ended along Russell Street in the heart of the market. In between a few pieces, amongst the dozens we took in, caught my eye.

The most Instagrammed mural currently in the area is this 2017 festival edition from Brandan “BMike” Odums from New Orleans and Detroit-based Rick Williams. You can find it at the corner of Adelaide and Orleans.

Murals in the Market, Eastern Market, Detroit, Brandan BMike Odums mural

One that has been around a few years right along Russell Street is “Flyboys” by Hebru Brantley. I check it out every time I am down here.

Flyboys mural, Hebru Brantley in Eastern Market, Detroit

I had no idea murals could go 3-D?! Detroit-based artist Ellen Rutt brings various shapes and colors to life in an alley off Orleans between Adelaide and Winder Streets.

Murals in the Market, 3-D mural by Ellen Rutt, Eastern Market, Detroit

I will let the rest of the murals and Eastern Market scenes tell the story.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Todays tour just added to the memorable Detroit mural walk experiences I’ve enjoyed. I highly recommend checking out the Detroit Eastern Market murals, even if on your own.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Feet on the Street gives other Eastern Market tours, like their “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” food tour, which I have experienced. Private, customized Detroit tours for various size groups are also offered. You can find Feet on the Street on Facebook and Twitter.

Checkout The First Detroit Mural Photo Walk I did many years ago.

Have you ever gone on a city mural walk? Any that you would recommend?

Back to My Detroit Area Winter Sunset Spot.

A few years back in the winter months I stopped at Kensington Metropark in the Detroit area to experience a Pure Michigan winter sunset. Since then it has become my go to spot around the Motor City to capture a winter sun going down below the horizon.

As usual I drove into the park at the Kent Lake Road entrance and then down to the docks at the East Boat Launch. I was immediately reunited with Kent Lake in the Milford, Michigan park. Being bitterly cold, with snow and ice on the ground once again made for a beautiful winter sunset experience. I will let the photos do the rest of the talking.

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Where else in the Detroit area and in Michigan would you recommend going to capture a winter sunset?

Overlooking Two Skylines, Cities and Countries in Autumn.

Back to Belle Isle Park in Detroit I go! I’ve posted photos and written about this spot before during the heart of the summer and in the dead of winter. It’s a place I get to once a season, so below is how it looked on a recent trip in Autumm. Beautiful every time.

The Detroit River is right in front of you with Detroit’s skyline, the state of Michigan and the United States on the right. Turn to the left side of the river and you have the city of Windsor and it’s skyline, the province of Ontario and Canada.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Time to relax and enjoy the view amongst the fallen leaves.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

It looks like I have lots of company. 🙂

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

One spot, two skylines, two cities and two countries. See you again in winter my friend!

Have you visited a spot overlooking multiple skylines, cities, states/provinces and/or countries at the same time?

A Lavender Latte Here, There and Everywhere in Detroit.

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in the heart of Midtown Detroit has become my-go coffice (a coffee shop turned office) when in the city. Over the course of time I’ve gravitated towards always ordering their Lavender Latte. During my time there the Lavender Latte has…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…hung out at various desks and tables throughout the coffee shop…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and been alongside for the ride while working…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and hung out with its beer friends…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and rested on a stool…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and checked out the wintery Midtown and Woodward Avenue…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and been visited by pastry treats like the chocolate chai bread…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and hung out on ledges…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and spent a lot of time hanging out at the bar…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and basically parked itself where ever a scenic coffee shop view presented itself.

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

To the Lavender Latte, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company and Midtown Detroit! Well got to go. Have to go find out where the latte will be hanging out next! 🙂

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Watching a Detroit Neighborhood Coffee Shop Fill Up.

On this early Saturday morning I started hanging out in Astro Coffee in Detroit right after it opened its doors. Quite empty.

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Barely a few minutes later all the seats were taken and there was a line out the door at this Corktown neighborhood hot spot. So great to see’

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

The latte was enjoying the morning at the counter…

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan, latte

…and on a stool waiting for what’s about to happen.

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan, latte

What’s about to happen is lots of people enjoying the neighborhood,  conversation, atmosphere, treats and service that Astro Coffee provides. Oh yeah and delicious, hand-crafted lattes and other coffee drinks.

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan, latte

Checkout #ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Choose Your Clothes Wisely for more of the great times I’ve had at Astro Coffee. Back to the latte drinking and people watching!