September flew by this year and I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is officially autumn. Where did the summer go? In these moments, I’m thankful of all the photos and videos Ian and I take throughout the month. After putting together our September video, I was reminded of all the adventures we had.
The month began with a trip downtown to wander around the Third Ward. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city since it’s lined with cute boutique shops, cozy cafés, and stunning riverfront views.
Then we found ourselves beachside with our toes in the sand over Labor Day weekend. While the water was chilly, Ian and I were brave and dipped our feet in the lake. The rest of the afternoon was spent grilling out lunch and listening to the waves crash upon the shore.
Visiting Villa Terrace, a Mediterranean estate turned art museum, was at the top of my bucket list this month. Sadly, I was turned away on my first attempt to visit the villa due to a wedding. Mind you, this was on a Thursday and the website didn’t list any ongoing events. So this news came as quite a shock! Since we were already downtown we decided to grab sushi and walk around the East side. That’s when we stumbled across Black Cat Alley! This street art alleyway had been on my bucket list for quite some time, so it was a pleasant surprise to turn a corner and discover it nestled between two buildings.
The following weekend my Villa Terrace dreams came true. After calling the main office and confirming there weren’t any weddings that afternoon, Ian and I made our way to the estate. Quaint courtyards and perfectly manicured gardens will always have a soft spot in my heart, so I was in awe as we wandered around the property. This museum has to be on your list if you ever visit Milwaukee!
Our next big event in September was Doors Open, a weekend dedicated to hosting open houses for buildings that are usually closed to the public. This event is right up my alley, so I scoured over the list of 170 participating building to settle on a two-day itinerary! Out of the eleven properties we visited, our favorites were the St. Josaphat Basilica, Oriental Theater, and Tripoli Shrine.
Want to take a peek into one second from every day in September? Check out the video below!