Photo Inspirations

Photo Location – Chicago skyline at dusk.

Home is where the heart is. I grew up in Chicago and though I have been away now for over 25 years, it still feels like home every time I go back. At the same time, our current house, where we have lived for the past 25 years, is just as much my home. For the first time in many years, we are not traveling over Thanksgiving. We are staying at home and staying safe and that is something I am quite thankful for at this time. What are you thankful for today?

Stay safe and thanks for visiting.

Rose

Oh My! There is So Much To Do On a Chicago 4 Day Itinerary

Frank Sinatra said it best when he sang “My Kind of town Chicago is”. If you are planning a first trip to Chicago, there are a wide range of sights and activities to choose from. Here is a list of my 25 top things to do on a Chicago 4 day itinerary (though I suggest spending more time in my favorite city if you can).

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The Best Chicago Street Art – Finding Murals, Sculptures and Other Public Art in the Windy City

Growing up in Chicago I used to spend my teenage summers hanging out along the lakeshore, biking swimming and sunning. Sometimes I would spend my day at one of the many sandy beaches, but more often than not, I would just bike the length of the rocks along the lakefront. Those large limestone blocks were put in place in the early part of the 20th century to prevent erosion but they eventually became a canvas for local want-to-be artists who covered them with cans of spray paint and multi colored paint brushes. This was the Chicago street art of my youth.

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Chicago on a Budget – A Winter Weekend Break in My Favorite City

Chicago winters get a bad rap. Yes, Chicago is called the “Windy City” for a reason, and winters there do still get snowy and cold. But like everywhere else in the world, global warming has had its impact here as well, and Chicago winters are nowhere near as frigid as they were when I grew up there in the 70’s and 80’s. If you are looking to visit Chicago on a budget, then consider a winter weekend break in my favorite city as your best option.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Reflecting on My Favorite City

This is my favorite view of Chicago. This is the view I grew up with. As a teenager I used to bike from my house to the lake and along the lakeshore all summer long. Today the parkland along the lake is as popular as ever – even more so as millions of annual tourists also take advantage of the 19 mile Lakefront Trail. Don’t have a bike? Not a problem. Bike rental kiosks are located troughout the city and are popular with locals and visitors alike.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

Reflections from 2019 – An Epic Year of Travel

This was an epic year of travel for me – the best ever. I was very fortunate to be able to go somewhere special each month. I visited National Parks in the US  as well as a few new places in my home country. I had a completely unique experience as a volunteer citizen scientist in Kenya. And my feet touched the soil of South America for the first time. To top it all off, I was totally spoiled on a one of a kind barge cruise on the Burgundy Canal in France. I don’t think any year in travel can get much better.

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There’s a Little Bit of Paradise in the Garden of the Gods Illinois

Despite having lived in Chicago for many years, it is only as a recent visitor back to the state that I discovered the wooded beauty of the Shawnee National Forest and the Garden of the Gods Illinois. Who knew there was so much scenic wilderness in a state known for growing corn?

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