Saturday, April 12, 2008

Canadians Abroad

The lobby of the Durant Hotel

What happens when an earnest Canadian visits Flint?
"After taking some landscape photos from the roof [of the Durant Hotel] I headed down and walked across the street to get some lunch. While waiting for my order I asked the cashier which areas I should avoid to keep out of trouble. Her response was almost comical had she not been serious. Her reply to my answer was simply to stay out of Flint altogether. With my lunch in hand I thanked her for the advice and headed back to my car."


  1. Her comment could be taken a few different ways. Perhaps if you have to ask what areas to stay out of, then her feelings were, you shouldn't be there anyways. People who ask that question aren't generally in town to research the good that the city has to offer.

  2. I would love to have seen the Durant back in its heyday, it must have been gorgeous - just look at the detail! My grandparents used to attend balls and various functions there. There is a blog with a few more pictures of inside the Durant here:


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