Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chicago!


I seem to be living out of a suitcase these days, as I hop from one place to another, but I really wouldn't have it any other way as I love to travel. Any opportunity that comes my way to go somewhere I am seizing the moment with full abandon. I am a person who has lived her entire life in the same place, even down the same block in Brooklyn, New York, so I find it invigorating to live vicariously somewhere else for a few days.  My husband and I took a quick trip to Chicago, Illinois, this past weekend.  It was my first trip to the windy city, but it certainly won't be my last, as I absolutely loved it! Even though the temperature went from a hot and humid 80's on Thursday to cold and rainy 50's on Saturday, it didn't ruin our fun. Today's photo mosaic is just a quick overview of some of the special sights my husband and I saw while we were there.  More to follow soon! (The mosaic will enlarge in size for easier view if double clicked on)

Linking to Mosaic Monday on Mary's blog The Little Red House



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47 comments:

Annesphamily said...

What delightful photos! Glad to see you here. You are very blessed. Being able to travel so freely. Enjoy the week and keep us posted! Hugs Anne

Pondside said...

I've always wanted to visit The Windy City. I look forward to seeing more from your quick trip.

pam said...

That looks like our favorite pizza....Giordanos. We've even had them shipped in for special occasions. I LOVE Chicago. So exciting that you get to travel so much now.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I don't blame you, Pat. I would be traveling also if and when the opportunity arose... Do it while you are young and CAN.... Some people wait too long and then aren't able to travel.

I've been to Chicago --and love their pizza with a passion..... When I was there, I got to go to a Cubs game... That was when Harry Caray was there. "Take me out to the Ballgame"....... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Vee said...

So that's where you've been! Crazy weather swings. It looks like a beautiful, happening city.

The Gathering Place said...

Every week you make me want to travel some place new! Looks like another fun trip!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I heard about part of your trip from a fellow blogger and I am envious but happy that you two friends got to meet. I look forward to reading about it and seeing your photos soon. Take all these opportunities that come your way Pat.

Sheila said...

Pat you really are living a dream by being able to experience so many interesting places these days. I have heard that Chicago is a great city to visit. It's fun tagging along on your adventures!

Ola said...

Great that you have now such an opportunity to travel a lot! Waiting for your further posts from this place!

Old Kitty said...

The Windy City is mighty pretty! I have the Calamity Jane song in my head now! LOL!

Awww yay for your wonderful travels and adventures!!! I only know Chicago from all the TV shows (esp ER!!!!) so I can't wait to see and read all about this fab City on your fab blog!! Take care
x

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

When I think "Chicago", I first think of pizza. For real. And I had to chuckle when you featured it among your mosaic shots.

GrandmaK said...

Chicago is indeed a grand city! I always enjoyed our visits there! I love to travel too and that's what keeps me coming back to your blog. you do such a grand job of sharing your adventures! Cathy

From the Kitchen said...

I'm back and catching up on your travels. Can't wait to see your photos of the "Windy City" which was sort of windy over the weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Yea! You are updating again!!

See you found some of that wonderful deep dish pizza! Can't wait to see more!

blessings ~ tanna

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

How wonderful to have the opportunity to see all these lovely places. V

Tracy said...

WONDERFUL! I've always wanted to see Chicago too... it looks/sounds like an amazing city. Can't wait to hear/see more, Pat! So happy you're going off and seeing so many great places. And luck us you sharing it all! That pizza is making me hungry...mmm... LOL! Happy Days, basking in the glow of your trip... ((HUGS))

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It sounds like fun! I have been to Chicago, but it was years ago and I was working at a convention and never got to go downtown.
Hugs,
Penny

Carol said...

Great shots! You certainly fo get around! And what a nice bite to eat, real Chicago Deep Dish Pizza! As good as a slice from Brooklyn? No comparison :) BROOKLYN!!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I've always wanted to go to Chicago! Thanks for the pics.

Claudia said...

I love seeng a glimpse of what is to come (loving the tulips). I will be going Saturday. With many recommendations from from friends and one special blogger. What should I not miss?

La Petite Gallery said...

I have never been there, can't wait to see it. Do you have jet lag yet??

Be safe,have fun.
yvonne

Barbara F. said...

Pat, it is wonderful that you are able to pick up and go when opportunities present themselves. I have always wanted to visit Chicago-never made it to Oprah:(. Were you able to visit a blogging buddy?? :-) xo,

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Great photos. I have very fond memories of a trip to Chicago for a college event . . . needless to say, you can imagine what fun 4 girls from Boston got into and out of! It's the old "what happens in Chicago, stays in Chicago!" I'd love to go back with my husband!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Excited to see more Pat...I have never been to Chicago!
♥, Susan

Mila said...

Love your photos Pat!
I would like visit Chicago...thanks for sharing!
Sending Smiles,
Mila :)

Margaret said...

Hello Pat, I so loved visiting Ireland with You and am looking forward to more Chicago... Traveling with You is almost ;) as fun as being there myself! Your warmth, kindness, enthusiasm, stunning photos and interesting info is so appreciated (((Pat)))I'm happy for You being able to visit so many wonderful places. I feel the same way about exploring and discovering new places. I've been fortunate to travel some with my husband with his work in Canada, mostly B.C. and the Yukon. Our daughter, 22yrs, is graduating from Ottawa U this June, I'm so looking forward to being there. Even tho my husband can only get away for a few days, I'm able to stay on longer for 1 1/2weeks. :) Margaret from B.C.

Beverly said...

It must have been fun!

My husband was just yearning for some deep dish pizza the other day. I was kind of surprised because he usually doesn't prefer it.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Everyone I know that has been to Chicago, has rave reviews of the Windy City! My son and SIL were just there a few weeks ago...just to watch a Canucks hockey game. They had a great time...enjoyed both the city and the people!

Glad you were able go make the trip!

EliFla said...

I love Chicago too....the same pics!!! Oh...did you go to eat deep dish pizza at Gino's???? And did you go to listen Buddy Guys blues??? I also know that one day I'll be back to Chicago...I know it!!

Well next Summer hubby and me are going to spend some (few) days in LA.... have you advice on LA to suggest me??? Hugs and baci, Flavia

H said...

Is it true that they dye the Chicago river green every year for St Patrick's Day?

Snap said...

I absolutely adore Chicago. I could stay in the Art Institute for weeks. When I was last there, one of the Universities downtown had just opened an exhibit on Caravaggio ... digital photos of all of C's work ... bits and pieces all over downtown Chicago. Amazing!

Theanne and Baron said...

The closest I came to Chicago was flying into O'Hare and then in a couple of hours flying out again! That was in 1982 and I was with Don on the way to San Francisco! The tulips in the mosaic are incredibly beautiful! Enjoy the travel, it sounds delightful!

Annie said...

Now I want pizza!
Never had the Chicago style.
I think it's great you are getting to travel around. For those of us home bound, its a treat to "tag" along

nanny said...

You are just having too much fun....lol
Love to visit all of your destinations!!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Margaret I always appreciate your comments! I wish I could reply to you in e-mail -- someday you will have to write to me directly from your real e-mail address. Congratulations to your daughter!

podso said...

Love this! The land of my birth! And my children. Thanks for the great pics, including the pizza.

Gracie said...

I can truly understand you, I like to travel more than anything else! I'll wait for more photos to come.

Jenny said...

You are my hero. I love that you just go, go, go!

Someday, I tell myself. Someday I will be just like Pat.

Lisa@GrandmasBriefs said...

I look forward to more photos and your surely interesting stories about Chicago! It's been on my "must-see" list for quite sometime. Last time we came close to visiting there, we chose to buy a house instead. When the coffers fill up again, we'll be Chicago bound (and NYC bound ... and DC bound ... and ...).

Lovella ♥ said...

OH Yummy looking Chicago Pizza Pat. It is an interesting time in our life to be able to hop on a plane and visit places we've never been. A few of us might be venturing further east this summer for a quick visit to VA. I am learning to never say never.

Yvette said...

I ABSOLUTELY love this mosaic. One of these days I'm going to have to learn how to do these. Yours are especially beautiful, Pat.

Chicago, Chicago, a tottling town...! I've only ever been there on a stop at the airport once upon a time. Sounds like you have a GREAT time!

Linda said...

I love traveling along with you through your wonderful photos...I feel as though I am right there! I haven't been to Chicago in years...it is so different from here...I loved it!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

oh pat...now i see it....my most favorite food on earth...gosh that looks good.....would make a great breakfast over here this morning, my friend

happy to stop by and always happy to see you at farmhouse kitchen

sending love,
kary and teddy

Oliag said...

You are so fortunate to be traveling so much! I would love to do more than I do even if it is nice to get back home to my own comfortable bed:)

RNSANE said...

I am thrilled for you, Pat, with your whirlwind trips all over the globe since I have come to know you. I am really jealous, too, for that used to be my life until my job dramatically ended two years ago. I am ever so grateful that I traveled like a crazy person when I had the opportunity to do so. One never knows when the situation can change and I advise people to seize every opportunity to see this wonderful world in which we live.

Thank you so much for sharing it all with us. Can you believe, except for constant plane changes at ORD, I've never been to Chicago!!

RNSANE said...

I am thrilled for you, Pat, with your whirlwind trips all over the globe since I have come to know you. I am really jealous, too, for that used to be my life until my job dramatically ended two years ago. I am ever so grateful that I traveled like a crazy person when I had the opportunity to do so. One never knows when the situation can change and I advise people to seize every opportunity to see this wonderful world in which we live.

Thank you so much for sharing it all with us. Can you believe, except for constant plane changes at ORD, I've never been to Chicago!!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Just wonderful! Reminds me of my trip there a number of years ago. Great city!
Barb