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Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is the capital of Wisconsin, and is also home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Politicians and students crowd the Madison isthmus between Lake Monona and Lake Mendotta and this makes for a very interesting town. Situated only 120 miles northwest of Chicago, it makes for a great weekend getaway from the Windy City.

We left around 10am from our home and after 2 plus hours on I-90 West we caught our first glimpse of the majestic Capitol building. Being located right in the middle of the isthmus and having laws prohibiting building heights within one-mile of the building, ensures that its grandeur is visible from most locations in Madison. We were just in time for the "Food for Thought" festival and got a glimpse of famed Madison art and culture scene. Our tour of the Capitol building started at 1 pm (there are several during the day) and in the next hour we learnt about the different rooms and their functions all infused with a little Wisconsin history. The Capitol is 284 feet, 5 inches tall, making the building 3 feet shorter than the nation's capitol in Washington D.C but the
dome's volume is the largest in the country.

Around the Capitol on Dayton Ave. was our hotel, The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club. Since it was the one weekend that the Badgers were taking a break, we got accommodation and we chose a room with a beautiful view of the Capitol in the very private Governor's Club. We checked in and immediately headed to State Street for lunch. State Street is a diagonal road that connects the Capitol to the University of Wisconsin and is pedestrian and bicycles only. The street is lined with the most diverse set of restaurants and shops though we saw an unusual number for Asian cuisine. We found later that almost 6% of the Madison population is Asian. We decided to make this weekend an Asian Weekend Getaway in Madison, and ate at Himal Chuli a Nepali restaurant. The Katahar Kebabs (Cooked Green Jackfruit), with momochas (vegetable dumplings) and Chiya (Masala tea) brought back fond memories of cold winter days in Himachal, India.

We headed back to the hotel to rest and enjoy our romantic package - champagne and strawberries and chocolate with soothing body lotions and scents. Two hours later, we left for the Monona Terrace overlooking Lake Monona. The smaller of the two lakes crushing Madison it is a great spot to view the lake and the Capitol. As dusk set in the views got more colorful and the purple and pink sky mixed perfectly with the white of the Capitol. After lounging in the terrace we walked to Williamson street to Bandung, an Indonesian restaurant. Extremely popular and reservations certainly recommended, it was our first attempt at Sambhal Goreng Papaya and Vegetable Curry. The spices and candlenut paste are very different from the Southeast Asian cooking we are used to. We ended day 1 with a brisk walk back through Capitol Square to our hotel and a round of free cocktails and desserts in the Governor's Club lounge.

Our plan was to begin Day 2 early but being Sunday it became quite late. Nevertheless we squeezed in a late morning walk on the shores of Lake Monona. We checked out at 11am and walked back down State Street to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We headed to the Memorial Terrace overlooking Lake Mendotta and the student population eating slices of pizza brought back so many memories and a sudden urge for greasy delivered Papa Johns pizza. The colorful chairs on the terrace is almost a university trademark. We also visited the Chazen Museum of Art and saw an excellent exhibition of pencil portraits by Robert Schultz and heard part of the Sunday afternoon free classical concert. The university campus is well spread out and seamlessly integrated with the city.

We walked back through State Street and keeping with our Asian cuisine theme we ate at Kabul, an Afghani restaurant. Afghani bread is soft, and the fusiliya (Green beans and yellow dal with rice and yoghurt) and the couscous were again different but very tasty. Around 3:30pm we decided to head back, and we drove one last time through the university and by 6pm we were back home. Madison is our new State College and we are looking forward to many more trips to the city.

State Capitol, Madison
State Capitol, Madison
Madison State Capitol
Madison State Capitol
Driving to the Capitol at Madison
Driving to the Capitol at Madison
Protests at the Capitol, Madison
Protests at the Capitol, Madison
Horses and Police at the State Capitol, Madison
Horses and Police at the State Capitol, Madison
Capitol building, Madison
Capitol building, Madison
Capitol Building in Madison from the Governor's Club Hotel
Capitol Building in Madison from the Governor's Club Hotel
Wisconsin's 3rd Capitol - built 1917
Wisconsin's 3rd Capitol - built 1917
Madison Capitol designed by George B.Post & Sons
Madison Capitol designed by George B.Post & Sons
Madison Capitol - cost $7.25 million
Madison Capitol - cost $7.25 million
Capitol building from the Monona Terrace
Capitol building from the Monona Terrace
The Capitol shines even brighter at night, Madison
The Capitol shines even brighter at night, Madison
The Capitol at dusk, Madison
The Capitol at dusk, Madison
Purple skies fit the Capitol like a glove, Madison, WI
Purple skies fit the Capitol like a glove, Madison, WI
Columns, Madison State Capitol
Columns, Madison State Capitol
Flags, Madison Capitol
Flags, Madison Capitol
Wisconsin on top of the Capitol in Madison
Wisconsin on top of the Capitol in Madison
Wisconsin - Daniel Chester French's sculpture
"Wisconsin" - Daniel Chester French's sculpture
Faith by Karl Bitter, statues on the outside of the Capitol building
Faith by Karl Bitter, statues on the outside of the Capitol building
Knowledge, Karl Theodore Francis Bitter, Madison
Knowledge, Karl Theodore Francis Bitter, Madison
Faith, Karl Theodore Francis Bitter, Madison
Faith, Karl Theodore Francis Bitter, Madison
Prosperity and Abundance, Karl Theodore Francis Bitter, Madison
Prosperity and Abundance, Karl Theodore Francis Bitter, Madison
Inside arches
Inside arches
The Captiol Dome  - largest by volume in the US
The Captiol Dome - largest by volume in the US
Resources of Wisconsin by Edwin Blashfield
"Resources of Wisconsin" by Edwin Blashfield
Circular dome of the Assembly
Circular dome of the Assembly
State Motto - Forward, The Badger marches on
State Motto - Forward, The Badger marches on
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Liberty
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Liberty
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Government
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Government
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Legislation
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Legislation
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Justice
Glass mosaic by Kenyan Cox - Justice
Governor's room, Madison State Capitol
Governor's room, Madison State Capitol
Governor's room, Madison State Capitol
Governor's room, Madison State Capitol
Governor's room, Madison State Capitol
Governor's room, Madison State Capitol
Liberty bell, Madison State Capitol
Liberty bell, Madison State Capitol
The Assembly Room - 99 members
The Assembly Room - 99 members
Senate, State Capitol, Madison
Senate, State Capitol, Madison
Supreme Court, State Capitol, Madison
Supreme Court, State Capitol, Madison
Supreme Court, State Capitol, Madison
Supreme Court, State Capitol, Madison
Steps, State Capitol, Madison
Steps, State Capitol, Madison
Eagle, State Capitol, Madison
Eagle, State Capitol, Madison
State Capitol, Madison
State Capitol, Madison
Fall, State Capitol, Madison
Fall, State Capitol, Madison
Can you spot the Ghost of Wisconsin?
Can you spot the Ghost of Wisconsin?
George Washington, State Capitol, Madison
George Washington, State Capitol, Madison
Paintings in the Governor's room
Paintings in the Governor's room
Wisconsin - the Badger state
Wisconsin - the Badger state
Reflections are beautiful even in Madison
Reflections are beautiful even in Madison
Martin Luther King Jr road from Monona to the State Capitol
Martin Luther King Jr road from Monona to the State Capitol
Rooftop lounging, Madison
Rooftop lounging, Madison
Around the Capitol, Madison
Around the Capitol, Madison
Road to the the Capitol, Madison
Road to the the Capitol, Madison
Fall over Lake Monona, Madison
Fall over Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Sunset, Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Sunset, Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Brittingham Park, Lake Monona, Madison
Sunset, Madison
Sunset, Madison
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Monona Terrace, Madison
Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Monona Terrace, Madison
Lake Monona, Madison
Lake Monona, Madison
Skiing on Lake Monona, Madison
Skiing on Lake Monona, Madison
Government buildings in Madison
Government buildings in Madison
Lake Mendotta from Memorial Union in the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lake Mendotta from Memorial Union in the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lake Mendotta, Madison
Lake Mendotta, Madison
Peaceful sails in Lake Mendotta, Madison
Peaceful sails in Lake Mendotta, Madison
Kayaking on Lake Mendotta, Madison
Kayaking on Lake Mendotta, Madison
State Street, Madison
State Street, Madison
Himal Chuli - excellent Nepali food, Madison
Himal Chuli - excellent Nepali food, Madison
Roti and tarkari, Himal chuli, Madison
Roti and tarkari, Himal chuli, Madison
Church, Madison
Church, Madison
State St, Madison
State St, Madison
Museum, State St, Madison
Museum, State St, Madison
Museum of Contempory Art on State Street, Madison
Museum of Contempory Art on State Street, Madison
Street musicians, Madison
Street musicians, Madison
Beautiful buildings in State Street, Madison
Beautiful buildings in State Street, Madison
Here come the Badgers
Here come the Badgers
Wisconsin Union
Wisconsin Union
Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
Science Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Science Hall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bascom Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bascom Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Camp Randall Stadium, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Camp Randall Stadium, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Chairs at the Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Chairs at the Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Robert Schultz exhibition in the Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Robert Schultz exhibition in the Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin, Madison