Thursday May 9th
I won't try and be all fancy and travel-writer witty, not because I can't but because I am jet lagged and time restricted. Besides, there is opera playing on the radio here at the B&B and I dislike opera so need to get this done before my head bursts.
We arrived at the B&B last night around 8pm. The flights were all without incident or crying babies. I even managed some "sleep". We had hot chocolate at Ghiradelli's last night. It was very nice to do that, get out and see something and warm up a bit. It's a bit chilly.
The B&B is in an affluent area of Chicago called Gold Coast, so it's absolutely top notch. After breakfast we set off walking down the Magnificent Mile. If you don't know this place, it's chockablock with all those big name boutiques (that I am not interested in): Prada, Sak's, Armani, Bloomingdales, ra ra ra).
We enjoyed a visit to the Cultural Centre to see the Tiffany glass dome and wonderful ceilings. There was a curious exhibition called "Morbid Curiosities" which was a private collection of some most bizarre and grotesque death-related art.... mmmm
We met up with our friend Brooke (from last year's Balkan's Adventure) at the canal where we then took the 90min architectural tour on a boat. The commentary was very good. None of those terrible cringy things. It's run by the architectural foundation, people who know their stuff. We learnt about 6 different styles of architecture and shown examples. All the buildings are fascinating and seem to change depending on the angle you view them from.... Trump Tower is not as bad as I thought it would be. How can a gothic skyscraper exist? It does. Just like the Tiffany glass done, there are elements of grandeur and awe usually only seen in European cathedrals. It's like a homage to money and power?
After this tour, lunch. The ubiquitous unctuous waitress.... Hi my name is Angelique and I'll be looking after you today. <sigh>
A walk through Millennium Park and we found that amazing Bean Sculpture (proper name is Cloud Gate). A kidney shaped seamless metal shiny sculpture with a mirror surface that reflects the skyline and people around. Viewed from beneath it's like looking up from a tunnel. Lots of good public art in this park. Waterfalls with LED bricks underneath. I love public art. It's such a shame Perth can't have these things. They'd get graffitied, stolen or otherwise vandalised.
We walked back in the afternoon. I had to lie with my legs up the wall. TIRED.
Tonight we are going tot he John Hancock Observation Deck for a drink with Brooke.
I'd love to write more, but must go.