A Travellerspoint blog

Chi ca go

~Andrea

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We rolled into Chicago on Monday afternoon stayed at our pal Adam's place in Wrigleyville. Yep, walking distance from the Cubs Wrigley Field, a nice and very walk-able neighborhood. I found "Candyality" a local candy store that carries a surprising selection of black licorice. I was able to pick up a nice assortment for my dad - the biggest fan of black licorice I've ever known.

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I got to spend a day with my friend Gosia, and her friend Ola, at her vitamin store Herbovit. It was fun to catch up, learn about different supplements, and go out for a nice lunch. I appreciated the opportunity to spend a day with the girls.

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A mural in action:
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We went to Millennium Park which did not exist on my last visit to Chicago 20 years ago!
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Buckingham Fountain
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We attended a free concert in the park, along with the local Chicagoans on the lawn with blankets, chairs, picnics, wine, etc. on a beautiful summer night.
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There are other interesting areas in the park, including a cool water area/feature with lights and video.
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We had such a nice time catching up with friends and experiencing Chicago from a local's perspective. Thanks for the hospitality Adam.
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Pittsburgh

~Andrea

overcast
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Hello... just posting a quick update. We spent a couple of days in Pittsburgh exploring the city a little , looking at properties, and went to the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden.

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Then we drove to Toledo Ohio where there is nothing interesting to report. Then on to Chicago where we are now enjoying time with friends and beautiful weather.

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Back in the U.S.A.

~Andrea

semi-overcast 80 °F
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We picked up our car in Boston, and have resumed our road-trip . We decided to drive cross-country back to California, stopping to see friends and family along the way before heading back to Mexico in early Fall. We are stopping in some cities we haven't been to before, and doing a little sight-seeing along the way, as well as, scout out potential new residence locations.

We drove through Albany and Buffalo, NY... and stopped to see Niagara Falls.
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Then we drove to Jamestown, NY, where Lucille Ball was born, and get this, on August 6, 1911. Here we are on August 6, 2015! What are the chances? It sounded fun to visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Center for Comedy dedicated to the lives and careers of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
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The studio portion has recreated sets of the NY apartment kitchen and living room, and the living room suite in Hollywood, from the I Love Lucy show. There are clothes and various items on display.
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Note the belt warn by Lucy in the "Martian episode," which was previously warn by Buster Crabbe in the Flash Gordon series!
Lucy and Desi were both talented , smart, beautiful/handsome people, and I will never tire of watching "I Love Lucy."

We also managed to catch the last episode of the Daily Show, and see the gratitude and send-off for the brilliant Jon Stewart. #jonvoyage

Friday we made our way to Pittsburgh. It was a beautiful drive through the Allegheny National Forrest.
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We stopped at a park in New Bethlehem for a lunch break where there happened to be a Farmer's Market stand and baked goods sale. Of course I had to check it out since I love produce and baked goodies! I bought the peanut blossom cookies from an Amish girl. But the peaches were a perfect blend of flavor, juiciness, and sweetness!

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Iceland Part 2

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We had a short flight from Dublin to Keflavik Iceland today. The weather is much warmer now than it was back in April.

We walked from the airport to our accommodation. The ground was soft and felt like a spongy-memory-foam! We are staying in a cute cabin,
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Here are a few views of some nature-walk-exploration:

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Sunny Spells/Bin the Poo

~Andrea

sunny 64 °F
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Scenes from our last full day in Dublin.
I took a nice yoga class at The Yoga Room this morning, and later we had a little lunch at Herbert Park on this first day of August with 'sunny spells' as they say on weather reports here.
Tomorrow we begin our journey back to the states, with a stop in Iceland again, for one day.

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We saw these signs all around Dublin:
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