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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 7th 2015

Literally Chicago is one of the best cities I've been to. I cannot say that's the best USA city I've been to but I really love Chicago a lot because it's comparable to New York City. I seriously don't like New York just because it's too crowded (though I did love the attractions) and it's just that I just don't think like it's so relaxed. It's almost like New York City you can go there all year long. However, in Chicago, you cannot beat the weather. Chicago is known as the "Windy City," which means that it's like the coldest cities in America. It's seriously like the opposite of hottest good city like Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Back into discussion about Chicago. Chicago is very famous almost like New York but beats the city in ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago November 5th 2015

The best road trips are spontaneous. Well, as spontaneous as they can be. You still need to pack clothes, food and supplies, and travel goods, especially if you plan to camp out, but I digress. What better trip to take suddenly than a cruise on the good ol’ American highway, Route 66? A route well known for its eccentric attractions like the World’s Biggest Bottle of Ketchup, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and plenty of outrageous museums. Personally, I was rooting for a trip down the Oregon Trail, because I’ve always wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park. Did you know there are more than 10,000 hot springs and geysers in the park, including the famous Old Faithful? But alas, my friends and I settled for the age-old trip down Route 66, to get our kicks. We ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago October 27th 2015

I'd been listening to the audiobook of The Martian for the last two days whilst wondering around and was desperate to see it. So after arriving in Chicago on a seven hour bus ride from Detroit (which included being held up a couple of times by marching bands taking part in the Columbus day parade), I dumped my stuff in the hostel and wandered up through the city in search of a movie theatre. I was expecting the uncomfortable cinema seats you get in UK cinemas but was presently surprised to see the whole place was filled with big, comfy Lazyboy style chairs. I have to admit that I nearly fell asleep, not because the movie was bad, just that I'd spent the whole day squashed on a sweaty bus. Afterwards I tried (but didn't succeed) ... read more
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The lakeside trail
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 12th 2015

Before bestie T et moi take on the road trip proper, we decided to fly into Chicago for a spell. Our occasional third travel musketeer, Auntie A, joined us for the Chicago bit. (And is it still "musketeer" when we is all refined ladies? Should it not be Musketrixes? Musketrettes? Or are we just going gender neutral with this? I digress.) We arrived on September 10 and left obscenely early on the 13th. Here's what we did: 1) Architectural river tour (everyone's favourite, even though it rained the whole time) 2) Hop-on, hop-off (Big Bus) a few times - we got the 48hr pass with the intention of using it often to get around to the main sites, but in the end it was more efficient to walk so that's what we did. Still worth it ... read more
The Bean
This is where our hotel was.
The "L" track...

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago September 6th 2015

Well, well, well, I talked Bob into going to the "Roller Coaster Capital of the World" in Sandusky, OH. We rode 2 roller coasters, the old, wooden one (classic, called the Gemini) and the modern one -- The Magnum XL200. I must say that the more modern ones don't shake you around so much -- ha. Our necks and backs were whipped about, so we resorted to riding the ferris wheel to recover and we really enjoyed the Gondolas, which all the oldest and youngest ride, no teenagers or 20-somsethings in sight for that one. Bob was happy because it ended up being $1 hot dog day. Anyway, we survived the day and we are in Chicago. I must say, you should have heard Bob on the roller coasters, it was worth the trip for that. ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 23rd 2015

The journey has begun. Midnight to 6am flight SFO to O'Hare. Grateful for frequent flier miles and Admiral's club. Had a nice visit and dinner with Madalyn's sister and brother in law. Now on to Heathrow and overnight. Feeling the sleep deficit, jet lag not necessary.... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 16th 2015

This is a trial entry to re-learn how this works again. Then I will add the details of weeks of planning for a trip first thought of over 30 years ago. 28 May 2015 continued entry. So we have been trying to reduce our lifetime accumulation of paper and stuff. One item was a NYTimes travel article from 1987 on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. So we have had this on our list for about 30 years. As a prelude we have walked the Milford Track in New Zealand; the Great Ocean Walk in Australia; The Coast to Coast (Wainwright Trail)(C2C) in England; The Lycian Way in Turkey; and I have also walked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as well as hiking with our Sun City Anthem Nevada (SCA) hiking club. After the Coast ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 1st 2015

We were lucky to spend time in Chicago this summer. We went to some tourist spots and parks as well as the congress hotel. The most haunted hotel in Chicago. We also ate at Lou Malnati's. Great Deep Dish.... read more
L train
Polish gift
Congress

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 29th 2015

Introduction As a recent transplant to Chicago, I thought it was time for me to start exploring the surrounding Chicagoland areas. I am constrained by my lack of a car, so any places I want to visit on the weekends would have to be accessible via public transportation. Maybe in a future post, I can talk about an experience with Relay Rides or other car-sharing services, but for now, I'm happy to take the train. I started the planning for this weekend about a month in advance as I searched online through review websites and blogs for suitable destinations along the Metra. Ultimately, I decided to do a 9 mile walk from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois to Waukegan, Illinois along the shore of the Illinois Beach State Park on Saturday, and a trip to the Chicago Botanic ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 2nd 2015

Not exactly Jake and Elwood but we are having our adventures. We are a quarter way through our journey in time and mileage. Just over 1000 miles logged and Tracey has driven 995 of them. Since we left MA we have visited NY, ON, Canada, PA, OH, IN, MI, and IL. 43 US and 3 Canadian license plates seen. Our last tourist stop in Chicago was Cloud Gate sculpture, aka the Bean in Millenium Park, . Off to visits friends in MN...... read more
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