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Nov 21, 2016 - The Trojans

I arrived at the Lyric early and was surprised that I was allowed to enter with my cup of coffee. I sat through the introductory talk as a reminder of the opera's background, story, and so on, then looked around. Most patrons were older, some very much older, and predominantly on the white end of the spectrum. There were a few young people (under 40) as well as a few non-whites, gay couples, and maybe one kid under 15. Dress varied from suits to jeans for men, and fancy dresses to workout-style pants and t-shirts for women. I fit right in...

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A Few Good Operas

Nov 20, 2016 - Tourist in Chicago

My hotel choice was based on price and walking distance to the opera. I think $99 plus tax per night is pretty good for a clean, modern place downtown. The Central Loop is only 1-1/2 blocks from the CTA blue line Monroe stop, but I managed to make it three times that by turning left instead of right out of the gate. Of course I had to see the Chicago Institute of Art. It claims to have been voted the world's best art museum. I suspect it won some vote that fans of the Hermitage and Louvre didn't know about. Still, it's impressive. I...

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A Few Good Operas

Nov 19, 2016 - What to wear, what to wear?

For most, going to the opera or ballet raises serious fashion issues. Two years ago, I attended a Wagner singing contest in Seatte. Top vocalists were allowed to choose an aria or passage from any Wagner opera. The winner got money and the potential to sign with any number of opera houses that had sent a representative. The crowd was wearing all manner of attire from tuxedo and formal gowns to (expensive) designer jeans. I was especially taken by a gentleman in a tuxedo with cape. I texted a friend I should have worn my cape! Back then, I...

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A Few Good Operas

Sep 22, 2016 - Day 19, Thursday Sept 22

We started our day with a walk to the park that allows dogs to do their business, legally. Then back to the hotel for showers and to get ready for another cruise, this time on the Chicago River. I only wish I could remember 1/10th of what the guide told us about the buildings and the history. We learned that Chicago got it's name from the wild onions that grow along it's banks. We learned about the Chicago fire and it's devastating toll on the city and the opportunity it created for the architects around the world. Chicago has some of the...

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Sep 21, 2016 - Day 18, Wednesday, Sept 21

We made it to the "Windy City!" We are staying at a marvelously old hotel right in downtown. We are on the 6th floor and our view is much better than it was in Bozeman, but the neighbors are much noisier. Rosalea, Sasha and I took a walk to the Navy Pier about an hour's walk to and from. We have quite a walk for Sasha to do her business. So we are preparing to walk to Millennium Park, now; then we should be in for the night. I'll finish this up when we get back from our walk. Well we just got back, never made it to Millennium Park. We did...

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Aug 28, 2016 - 9:44 am: Final preparations

Besides a brief panic over whether an international driving permit was merely advised or required to drive in France (Answer: advised) packing and final prep has gone well. I've double checked our hotel bookings and uploaded duplicate copies of our reservations onto google drive so I can access from my phone as well as via the thumb drive we'll have along. We both have room in our bags, which is great. I had space for a fourth pair of shoes (ankle boots) which I decided to toss in since the weather in burgurdy will be rainy and high...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Friday: Two Days before Departure

Today was our last working day for 15 days. I don't think I've ever not worked for 15 days, so the prospect is both thrilling (freedom!) and frightening (what WILL my email inbox look like). But to be basically done with work at 6 pm on a friday before I leave on vacation for two weeks feels like an indulgence in itself. [Note: before prior vacations, i.e. our trip to Quebec I was working til 11 pm the night before we left, then frantically packing and then getting three hours of sleep. With the boot. Remember that? Let's not]. I'm not sure...

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Jul 21, 2016 - Day 17- Cubs game

Today we went to the Chicago Cubs vs NY Mets and for those that follow baseball we saw Jake Arrietta vs Noah Syndergard on the mound, it was a pitchers game. Our friends in Chicago told the boys to check the flag that fly above the score clock as that can indicate the likelihood of home runs.If they are flying in, the wind is blowing in and not likely to see a HR. Guess what they were flying inward and no there were not any HR during the game. Wrigley field is very interesting as they still manually change the score each inning on the...

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Jul 21, 2016 - Day 18/ Day 19- Chicago

Day 18 Today was a take it easy day, but that is all you really could do in the heat, it reached over 90 degrees. We took the Metra to downtown Chicago to take in a little more of the city. Metra was very interesting, the stations do not have ticket dispensers so you either need to have the app or cash to buy the ticket on the train, I could not use the app as it did not like Canadian Credit cards or addresses( bloody Postal code), and did not have enough cash for all 3 of us. However during the process of trying to get tickets online, we...

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Jul 19, 2016 - Day 16

Day 16 Today we drove over to Chicago, with a brief stop in Dubuque to take the small cable trolley to the top of the hill. We arrived in Chicago mid afternoon and for supper was treated to some traditional Chicago Deep Dish pizza, it was truly amazing. Following supper our hosts, Dennis and Marge Frazen, took us on a tour of Chicago. We started with the United Centre where the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks play, then past Soldier field ( where the Bears play), then it was to the lake shore. We arrived as teh sun was setting and saw...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Carol's Family Reunion in Chicago

Great to have breakfast with about 120 relatives. With so much talking an hugging I don't know how anyone was able to eat. We all moved off to the park to carry on. Some took the hotel Suttle. Each family had their own color what a sea of color it was very fun! I think the pics show for themselves. Lots of catching up was happening. We had two families that came from Sweden. Sweden is where my Grandfather came moved from. My dad has 22 second cousins there. My grandmother was born in Minnesota, but both of her parents moved here from...

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Jul 8, 2016 - 700 miles to Chicago

I left Gettysburg on hi way 30, but to get there my GPS brought me on a beautiful road cll Bullfrog. I t was a lovely 15 mile road with trees on both sides and at times making a tunnel, could not ask for much more at 6:30am :) Eventually I got on the PA Turnpike and made it across the state. Went through a few PA/ Allegheny ranges and valley's but eventually farm land won out. It is fun to see the different stages the farm land is in. July is always the time to bring in the grain crops. This crops are golden in color and leaves behind...

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