The unintentionally hilarious finished product reads as though it was written by somebody who did no more than spend a few hours Googling about the cities we know so well. For instance, the tone for the rest of the piece was set by Meadows's very first observation upon landing at MSP.
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"Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which even has tornado shelters in the restrooms, is to the south of both cities." Good to know, because we'd hate to travel to an airport that doesn't feature those all-important bathroom tornado shelters!
[jump] Here's some other head-scratching passages from Meadow's travel guide (emphasis ours):
FRIDAYSo, yeah. Meadows really should've planned his Twin Cities sojourn with the help of someone who has spent a moment or two in the Twin Cities. Then maybe he would've avoided chain restaurants and ordered something besides a corn dog, for God's sake, at Target Field.
11.p.m. - A couple of usually packed Irish bars are located nearby to end the evening. Minnesota is also famous for music with Prince and Bob Dylan among those born here.
10 a.m. - Eat breakfast at the Potbelly Sandwich Shop at the IDS Center on Eighth Street in Minneapolis, which many see as the center of town given the indoor foyer acts as a perfect shelter from the winter cold. Potbelly has a remarkable selection of bacon, sausage and egg combos, hence the name. (www.potbelly.com).
11.a.m. - A short walk away is the Mississippi River, which defines much of the Twin Cities as it snakes between the two. Riverside attractions are few and far between so take a summer picnic trip to one of the many picturesque lakes which surround Minneapolis such as Hiawatha Lake or Lake Cornelia Park.
6 p.m. - After your shopping bonanza head to the other end of the tram line and catch a game of baseball at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins Major League team (minnesota.twins.mlb.com/). Check on ticket availability and fixtures before going.
This modern baseball park, host of the All-Star game in 2014, has a family atmosphere and superb sightlines and a vast range of fast food and drink outlets for dinner. Try a delicious corn dog. If you want a beer, make sure you have ID as even 30-somethings are challenged.
5 p.m - If you have time for an early dinner before departing then Red's Savoy Pizza house on Seventh Street (here) is a an experience. There are no windows and the decor fails to brighten up the place but that is half the charm.
As the internet mocked and ridiculed Meadows's travel guide attempt, he took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to defend himself.
To anyone who didn't like my Twin Cities review all I can say is that I was only there for a a few days and obviously I only got a glimpse.
I was also writing for a mainly non-US audience hence some of the phrasing. Everywhere I went I was taken by Minnesotans.-- Mark Meadows (@mark_meadows) July 9, 2013
But while his piece went over about as well as the Hindenburg, Meadows told one Twitter critic he won't be apologizing for the shabby effort.
Of course I can only scratch the surface, as a business traveller or tourist could in a little over two days. Thanks for your comments-- Mark Meadows (@mark_meadows) July 9, 2013
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@bagofmoons well I had a lovely rather than a terrible time going to all those places which is why I wrote the piece. Thanks— Mark Meadows (@mark_meadows) July 9, 2013