after our visit with the dominican sisters, we went for a side trip to galena, just 12 miles from the sinsinawa mound. this charming little town of rolling hills and scenic roads overlooking the galena river is a popular midwest destination.  inspired by nature, galena has a lot to offer all year round including outdoor recreations and activities set in its natural landscape and scenic valleys.  galena is a host to many special events and festivities, entertainment and nightlife making it one of the best weekend getaways in illinois.

galena is just a three-hour drive from home.  we have been here several times in the past.  this time, we just walked its historic main street, enjoyed little boutiques and novelty stores and ended our sweet and short visit with a refreshing gelato treat.


coca-cola memorabilia adorn the walls of an ice cream parlor…



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14 Responses to galena

  1. beetleypete says:

    I had never heard of Galena, so I looked it up.
    “Galena is a small town in northwest Illinois known for its well-preserved 19th-century buildings like the 1826 Dowling House. The Italianate Ulysses S. Grant Home was a gift from local citizens to the Civil War general who later became a U.S. president. Horseshoe Mound, on the outskirts of Galena, offers views of three states. Other mounds, thought to be ancient ceremonial sites, can be seen at Casper Bluff.” (Wikipedia)
    Looks like a lovely place to visit, Lola.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • lolaWi says:

      as you’ve probably read galena is surely a fun place to visit. so many things to see and do for such a small place. we stayed at the eagle ridge resort in one of our extended visits and we had such a great time. glad you liked it, Pete.
      cheers 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    That is a charming town. Thank you for the tour, Lola!

  3. hungrydai says:

    Galena doesn’t look like America. I am amazed, Wilma. Looks interesting to me.

  4. Sue Slaght says:

    It looks as though it could be a European town! What fun to explore and I loved seeing all the Coca Cola memorabilia.

  5. Jet Eliot says:

    Enjoyed this visit to Galena, Lola. Your photos are telling of this small town, with the old, brick buildings, the flowerpots, the American flags, and the big, fluffy clouds.

  6. arlene says:

    Coke is it? That’s a lot.

  7. restlessjo says:

    Looks like a great place to spend a few days, LolaWi. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 🙂

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