I'm home now, but on my last evening in Kansas City, we swung through the Country Club Plaza to see their famous Christmas lights. I always considered the Plaza to be an oasis in the Midwest. Growing up, my aunt and uncle lived in a large home on the hill directly above the Plaza, 5115 Sunset Drive to be exact, and we ate our Thanksgiving dinner there watching the Christmas lights switch on Thanksgiving Eve. (I'm actually amazed that address is still on file in my brain.)
Lots of fun childhood memories revolved around shopping with my aunt on the Country Club Plaza. Designed in 1922 by developer J.C. Nichols and based on the architecture of Seville, Spain, the Plaza was the first shopping center in the world built for customers arriving by automobile.
I apologize for once again taking photos from inside a moving car, but after all, I"m from Arizona and there's no way I was walking around out in that frigid Midwest cold snap! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!