sunday brought us to sinsinawa mound, the motherhouse of the dominican sisters in wisconsin. the mound located in a lush woodlands, fields, orchards and vineyards is a center for spiritual renewal, retreats, education, and gathering. the sisters are famous for their bakery selling homemade bread, fruitcake and rolls. they also have a museum displaying quite a collection of relics and art gallery of beautiful artwork by the sisters including “journey of hope” paintings by janet mckenzie which viv and i thoroughly enjoyed.
after we celebrated mass in the mound’s queen of rosary chapel we drove to galena, a historic town that sits along the galena river, one of the many arms of the mississippi river. located in the northwestern tip of illinois bordering iowa and wisconsin, galena is a popular tourist destination boasting many attractions for all seasons. the main street in the town center has a large number of specialty shops, restaurant and a winery.
this quaint and charming town was a nice getaway on a labor day weekend.