Yes, we had to visit the Mall of America. John had never seen it, and I had some shopping to do. Also, I thought that it is one piece of America which I should cover in this blog. For those of you who may never, or will never, visit this place, I will simply say that it is our nation's largest combined retail and entertainment center. Anchor stores include Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom and Sears. There are also around 500 specialty stores, and a wide variety of chocolate, cookie, popcorn and ice cream shops. I at first had a wild idea of eating only junk food for the day! However, reason did take over when I saw the list of over 20 dining options which are available at the mall. The mall also includes Nickelodeon Universe, which features seven acres of numerous rides and attractions.