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Sep 4, 2017 - Pullman National Monument

As we look ahead to visiting national parks in the western US, we thought we'd visit a new national monument close to home - Pullman. In 1859 George Pullman made a fortune raising buildings in Chicago 8 - 10 feet off the ground so plumbing could be installed beneath them. As he traveled to Chicago from the east by train, he was appalled at the lack of creature comforts on this trip. He resolved to build a model manufacturing community to producer lavish sleeper and dining cars. One of his earliest cars carried the Abraham Lincoln funeral...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Windy City Memories

After we left Sac City, Iowa we chose Galena, Illinois as an overnight stop on our way to Chicago……what a find!! Galena is in northwestern Illinois just across the Mississippi River. It is known for its well-preserved 19th century buildings to include the Italianate Ulysses S. Grant Home, which was a gift from the local citizens to the Civil War general and who later became our 18th President. The home is almost 100% authentic to the time he and his family lived there. Historic downtown Galena was named “Best Main Street in the Midwest”...

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Aug 6, 2017 - Day 2 in Chicago

Hi guys! We had another fun day in the big city! We woke up, ate breakfast, took a little snooze with mom and then we were up for the day and ready to go! Mom & Dad took us for a walk down to the parking lot where our car was and paid for parking so we could leave early tomorrow morning (like 5am! ). They were really happy when we left there because the man only charged them for one night instead of two!! We took a little stroll around Chicago Ave, Michigan Ave and State St then came back to get Natalia. We met her at the Starbucks on the...

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Aug 5, 2017 - The Windy City "aka Chicago"

Wow! We had a busy busy day! We woke up at 5:00qm and ate breakfast, and we were back in our car seats and I the car by 5:30 and on our way to Chicago! We slept almost the entire hour and a half to Natalia's house and watched Finding Nemo when we were awake. We got to Natalia's condo around 7:15, parked outside, and walked to the market. Every weekend in the summer they have a farmers market with fresh fruit, veggies, bread, flowers, jam, and spices. We bought a few things for the weekend, then walked over to see Natalia's new condo she...

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Jun 14, 2017 - Chicago- June 11 - 18

Sunday: flew in with Irene and her mom, met Joanne, had dinner at Sun Wah Monday: picked up Aaron, Janet & Charlie from airport, had lunch with Jenn Zlotow at Latinicity, tea with Hanna and Andrew at Peninsula, dinner at Belly Q Tuesday: drive to Millennium Park, lunch at Gage, saw free Orchestra rehearsal at Millennium Park, went to Maggie Daley Park with charlie and Aaron, played in fountain Wednesday: went to Art Institute tea with Sarah at Argo (wallet stolen) dinner at Trattoria 10 Hamilton! Thursday: 11:30am Architectural Tour lunch...

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May 7, 2017 - Headed Home

Big rainstorm Friday so we stayed home and planned our next stop with the minestrone soup and a glass of zinfandel. As we researched the weather up the East Coast to Canada we learned that it would be raining for the next week, temperatures would be in the 40s, and many campgrounds would not be even opening until mid-May. Does this sound like fun? So we decided to head west, back home. Our new itinerary has us in Youngstown, OH tonight, then Joliet (Hollywood Casino), Des Moines, national monuments in Nebraska and South Dakota, then...

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Mar 29, 2017 - Time With Colin

Arrived in Chicago yesterday afternoon. Picked Colin up from work and went for a late lunch. He went back to work and I settled in at the new apartment. There are boxes everywhere ( to be expected) and furniture rearranging needs to be done ( not by me) but it will all be done by the next time I visit Chicago . Today I went to Macy's ( the old Marshall Field's on State Street) to see the flower show. The theme was the circus and the displays were absolutely gorgeous. ` Had lunch at the Walnut Room - always a favorite. One thing is for sure...

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Mar 16, 2017 - Preparing for the Unknown

We took the plunge and bought our first RV, The Mauler, a (new to us) 2016 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 25B. Camping season is fast approaching and we are busy getting The Mauler ready and making it homey. We are complete RV newbies and are excited (and a bit frightened) to jump right in. Ride shot gun as we attempt our first RV season.

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Jan 27, 2017 - Chicago Stopover

Tenth Leg – Chicago to Washington Once we had booked in at the hotel & got to our room on the sixteenth floor I decided to give Amtrak a call as they have a 24 hour phone service. I eventually got through to one lady who initially wanted to send us via New York to Washington as the roomette cabins on the train matching the one we would have been on today was full. We certainly did not fancy going via New York which would mean changing trains further waiting around so I did plead with her nicely & she did a bit of checking & finally found us...

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Jan 26, 2017 - On To Chicago

Ninth Leg – Denver to Chicago Well the train eventually arrived at 3.45am. We had spent over five hours in the Union Station where we watched security guards trying to stop people who were not passengers hanging about & trying to get some sleep. In fact up until after 2pm they would not let anyone sleep at all. Viv did notice on a visit to the Ladies washroom that a number of women appeared to have camped out in the cubicles & as there were no lady security officers they did manage to get some rest. We boarded the train & went straight to...

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Jan 11, 2017 - On To Chicago

Third Leg – Buffalo to Chicago The train was 45 minutes late arriving, it was the Lake Shore Ltd which runs all the way from Boston to Chicago. All the mainline trains have their special names. The first one we were on from Orlando to New York was the Silver Meteor & The one from New York to Niagara Falls was the Maple Leaf They do seem to suffer the same problems with delays that we have in the UK. We finally got away about 1am & settled into our seats. Unfortunately we didn’t a roomette on this train so Hadoop make do with the reclining...

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Nov 21, 2016 - Waiting for curtain

My first order of business is always breakfast. Disappointed by offerings in my area, I walked to the Amtrak station, logically thinking there would be dining options. Inside the station were limited options, but Lou's was right across the street. It claims to have the world's best coffee. It's one opinion. Breakfast was fair, service indifferent from older, work-weary servers, but the price was OK and the coffee good. Yesterday, I had breakfast at the Corner Bakery. A local chain almost as common as Starbucks or Walgreen's, it features...

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