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Independence and the Czech Village

A day full of adventure, whimsy and great beauty--we visited Independence, Iowa--home of a historic mill and a beautiful public library with many imaginative touches (plus being the land of inflatable Christmas characters). We also ventured south to the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids, to the newly restored National Czech and Slovak museum (damaged in the flood of 2008) to see a gallery of full size color lithographs by Alphonse Mucha--wonderful!
Looks like they are posing
Looks like they are posing
M and M's down
M and M's down
They are quite adorable-this was right across the street from the Independence PL
They are quite adorable-this was right across the street from the Independence PL
Independence Public Library
Independence Public Library
Entry mural
Entry mural
Coffee corner quilt
Coffee corner quilt
Gigs and MJ in the coffee corner
Gigs and MJ in the coffee corner
We got a great tour
We got a great tour
Whimsical children's area
Whimsical children's area
Hobbits read here
Hobbits read here
2 doors, guess which one is for kids
2 doors, guess which one is for kids
Old mill in Independence
Old mill in Independence
Old mill looking up
Old mill looking up
Lovely bowl
Lovely bowl
National Czech and Slovak museum
National Czech and Slovak museum
Czech village
Czech village
Colorful shop window
Colorful shop window