Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Snapshot - Chicago

'But when I go to Chicago, I know I'm home.'

~ Hank Sauer

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(The Chicago Theater, historic Michigan Ave. walking north and inside Macy's on State, formerly Marshall Fields and Co.)

'I miss everything about Chicago, except January and February.'

~ Gary Cole

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(The Cloud Gate - Millennium Park, Chicago)

The Cloud Gate also has a nickname of The Bean because of it's bean like shape (it's curved underneath like a bean).
I guess the sculpture was inspired by liquid mercury.
It's very cool how it reflects and distorts Chicago's skyline and as you can imagine it's a
popular place to take pictures.

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My two favorite cities in the U.S. are Chicago and San Francisco.
So when my friend Grace wanted to make a little trip to Chicago,
I jumped at the chance for a weekend away to show her some of my favorite places
in this beautiful city.

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(At the Art Institute of Chicago, one of it's iconic lions is in the top pic, 
a Degas ballerina and one of many Buddhas in the Chinese collections).

Grace and I spent almost 5 hours in the Art Institute, something I haven't done in years.
It's hard to find words to describe this treasure trove of priceless collections
from around the world.

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(Grace standing on the main staircase in the Art Institute).

My personal favorites were the collections of art by Monet, the Degas ballerinas,
anything by Toulouse- Lautrec, and pretty much everything
in the Chinese collections.
It was a thrill for me to see a few antique pottery bowls from my daughter's
birth city in China.

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Last weekend Chicago showed us it's friendly people and it's beautiful Fall weather.
We did a lot of walking, a bit of shopping, some people watching,
took many pics (these are only  a fraction of them), there was lots of laughing
 and mostly catching up
with what was going on in our busy lives.
This little visit and time away were truly a treat for me...thank you so much Grace!
Please, let's do this again soon my friend.

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(Michigan Ave. looking South)

Sunday Snapshot

17 kind words:

Laura L. said...

Beautiful pictures of a lovely time.I think the only thing missing was a picture of you. :) Thanks for sharing. I hope to go back there one of these days.

Nancy said...

You know it all looks like a travel brochure, right? It looks A.M.Zing!
Living vicariously through your travels,
Nancy-of the crazy 9

Love Letters To China said...

Oh my word Gail! Was I there with you? You made our trip look truly spectacular (even though it really was spectacular). I'm embarrassed to post my pictures after see these amazing treasures.

I so wish we were back there strolling through the museums and enjoying our long winded discussions. ;-) It enjoyed every single moment. Yes...I agree. We will need to do it once again. Maybe San Fran next time? Are you game?


likeschocolate said...

So glad you had the opportunity for a mommy-daughter trip. How fun!

Terri said...

What a fabulous trip you all had!

dawn said...

beautiful photos that compliment your beautiful friendship

Sharon Ankerich said...

What a beautiful city! Hope to visit someday as well! Blessings and love! XO

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

Love the awesome pics and descriptions. I wish the circumstances would have been a bit better for me to have come as well but I know there will be more times like this in the future. Love both of you ladies! xoxo

Jboo said...

Wow! Beautiful images and sounds like a wonderful get-together for you two!


the meaklims said...

Love girly get togethers! Doesn;t seem that long since you met Lea here!

And that shot of the bean is the best... ever!! I also love the closeup fisheye look too.


Torunn said...

What a great city and a lovely glass ball. Very Fine images.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

looks like a great getaway!


Kim said...

BEAUTIFUL photos.. just like you...missed all these amazing pictures and you..
Have a great Halloween..

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

OH I LOVE THESE PHOTOS!!! Especially the one of Grace! Have always wanted to visit Chicago.... and have seen so many people post photos of "the Bean".... yours are spectacular!!

I know you and Grace had a blast. You could probably be anywhere together and have the time of your lives... but add a location like Chicago and I am sure it was over the top.



Football and Fried Rice said...

OH MY!!! take me with you next time, please! Be my tour guide :)

Kayce said...

Beautiful pictures Gail...Chicago is a place I've always wanted to explore...someday!

Ellie said...

These are just gorgeous Gail! I love the ones of "the bean" and I cannot believe I have never seen it. consider it added to my to-do list!

The last one is a stunner as well. What a blessing to have a girl's weekend - I'm so glad you were able to get away!

xo ellie

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