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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 18th 2014

With just over 100 days to go Geoff and I are madly finalising our itinerary for our winter holiday in North America. I hope you will enjoy following our blog as we tour North America and the Caribbean. Can't wait to arrive in the Windy City of Chicago where we will begin our Chicago so much and can't wait to see the city in the winter! Exciting days ahead :)... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 12th 2014

We didn’t have to get up too early this morning so eventually got up walked down to California Pizza Kitchen for some food. Marnee got a pizza and I got some dumplings. While eating breakfast we heard from Nick and organised by text to meet him at Eataly after we’d finished. He and I ordered a Nutella Crepe each and he filled Marnee and I in on his whereabouts for the last couple of days. After that Marnee and I walked to the Chicago Red Line Station to catch the train out to Wrigley Field. It only cost us $2.25 to get out there and about 20mins on the train. We took some photos around the stadium then Marnee had messaged home to get her parents to log onto the internet as there is a live ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 11th 2014

We got up at a reasonable time today and made our way down to an establishment called Eataly. I’d read about this place because they have a Nutella bar there but it was so much more then that when we arrived. There was not only the amazing Nutella bar, there was a panini bar, a pasta bar, an icecream bar, a pastries bar and a shop as well with fresh fruit and vegies etc. Marnee got herself a Nutella crepe which looked fantastic but I was feeling in more of a savoury mood so went for the most delicious salami panini. It was huge so only made it through half; put the other half in my bag for later. From there, we headed in the direction of Navy Pier. On the way we came across some ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 10th 2014

We started slow and very seedy today. Last night was huge and it hit us hard. We eventually dragged our butts out of bed and headed to California Pizza Kitchen for a late breakfast/lunch. We each got a pizza ad some recovery Coca-Cola before making our way on foot to Grant Park. We walked via the Magnificent Mile on the way and stopped in at a couple of shops but we weren’t really in the mood for shopping so we continued on. We came across a protest on the way to ‘Free Palestine”, we took some photos but didn’t get involved like the hundreds of others that did. Once at Grant Park we first checked out the Millennium Monument, then the funny head statue then to the Crown Fountain. The Crown Fountain was quite a new ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 9th 2014

We got up at 4:00am after not even 2hours sleep to get changed, throw (and by throw I mean literally) the rest of our stuff in our cases and be out the front of the hotel by 4:30am for our shuttle to La Guardia Airport. We checked in for our 8:35am flight with Spirit Airways to Chicago then got some food before boarding. I fell asleep very quickly due to the serious lack of sleep and woke up just before landing in Chicago just under 2 hours later. After collecting our bags we jumped in a cab to the hotel but sat in bumper to bumper traffic for quite a while. We finally arrived at Howard Johnson’s Inn Downtown on N Laselle St, checked-in and then walked to meet up with my friend Joey. I met ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 27th 2014

On July 23, 2014, I walked out of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago with a bag of money. The Federal Reserve doesn't make loans or take deposits from individuals, but they gave me money anyhow. I smiled at the guard as I walked out; stay with me and I’ll tell you how you can do the same thing. The Federal Reserve is responsible for the monetary system of the United States. They design and print our money, they set interest rates, they regulate financial institutions, and they function as a bank for the nation’s banks. The integrity of the country’s financial system depends on the Federal Reserve System. There are twelve branches of the Federal Reserve around the US. One of those branches is in Chicago, and just off the lobby is the Money Museum. ... read more
Federal Reserve Building
The Grand Watermelon
fed sign

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 15th 2014

In my first year as cabin crew I think I ventured to Chicago almost every month. One month I actually went four times in a row. Was just such a nice trip. I normally prefer heading east to the likes of japan and Singapore but when it comes to America there is just something about Chicago. Such a great city. So I was so excited to be heading back on a trip after almost two years having not been there. We only get about 24hours there, so it is just a nightstop. One of my good friends from work, James, was on it and I knew couple other people which was good. We got to hotel about 8pm. We stay right on Michigan Avenue which is just so amazing and right in the heart of it ... read more
Driving into the city
The first ever McDonald's
View from room window

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 14th 2014

My travels may have come to an end a week ago, but my blog is just wrapping up now. Between recovering from jetlag, spending my only week at home with my family, and moving my life down to Chicago to start work tomorrow, the blog just got a bit delayed. My apologies to my avid readers, but pretend that the quality of this post is that much greater because I’ve had a week to distill my experiences (see, I can even convince myself). Since posting last, I closed out my trip by visiting Istanbul, the Greek island of Chios, and Athens. For those who are geographically inclined, my route for the latter half of my trip was basically a clockwise semicircle from the UK to Athens. The plane tickets for this leg weren’t the cheapest, but ... read more
Haggia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Interior
Hagia Sophia Mosaics

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 11th 2014

St-Joseph, Michigan, 11 juillet Ces trois jours passés dans la grande cité du Mid-West furent fantastiques! Avec ses 8 millions d'habitants, l'agglomération urbaine de Chicago est la troisième en importance aux États-Unis (derrière New-York et Los Angeles) mais l'éternelle rivale de la Grosse Pomme, d'où son surnom. On l'appelle aussi «the windy city» en raison des conditions climatiques que favorisent la proximité du lac Michigan. Pour ma part, c'est surtout son impressionnante architecture et ses gratte-ciels à vous tordre le cou qui m'impressionnent ici. Depuis plus d'un siècle, les bâtisseurs de ces cathédrales modernes ont rivalisé d'imagination pour édifier ces tours qui défient la gravité! Ma préférée, et de loin, la Chicago Tribune tower et sa cathédrale gothique juchée à son sommet! La vue depuis la tour du Hancock Center est ahurissante, vous verrez,... read more
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 4th 2014

FINAL PAGE Friday 4th July HAPPY 4TH JULY EVERYONE :) a public holiday here of course and 150,000 people including ourselves travel to the Navy Pier in Chicago. We take the shuttle from our hotel and then catch the train, not entirely sure where to get off we alight a couple of stops too early but eventually find a trolley bus going straight to the Navy Pier. We meet up with my brother Andrew and meet his girlfriend Cheryl for the first time, they both live in Indiana and have come in on the train for the weekend. We all stroll along the 3,300 foot pier which is at the edge of Lake Michigan and on to Millenium Park. The architecture is impressive, including the Trump Tower and the gardens are spectacular, there are lots of ... read more
Millenium Park
 Chicago at night

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