Cleveland “Rocks”

It was with a heavy heart that we left Chicago this morning. We were treated to some amazing sights during the two days we spent there. But, when we got to Cleveland, we were treated to a comfortable downtown area and a wonderful view of it from the Pier W restaurant across Lake Erie.

Unfortunately, the restaurant was too nice to be snapping photos from the table, so here’s a link to a photo search for “Cleveland Downtown” on Google. We had a fantastic bottle of wine with dinner, that I am finishing while I write.

On a side note, I met David’s, Aunt Inecita. He hadn’t seen her since law school, when she welcomed him into her home for every major holiday. It was his home away from home.

Tomorrow we drive to Washington, DC, where I’ll have so many photos you’ll have to scroll through Flickr to see them all.

An Artistic Day

The Art Institute of Chicago is a truly wondrous experience. Every time you turn around a corner a new wonder from the art world accosts the senses. We saw everything from Monet’s famous Water Lilies to Marc Chagall’s America Windows. Did you know that the Art Institute of Chicago installed the trading room of the Chicago Stock Exchange INSIDE the museum?

Water Lilies - Claude Monet


The third of Marc Chagall's America Windows.


A little of Pablo Picasso's cubism.

After the museum, we walked in the rain to the Hancock Building and took the ride to the top to see the city. And, we ended the day with a beer at Murphy’s Bleachers across from Wrigley Field.

A view from the Hancock Building Sky Walk.

Wrigley Field - home of the Chicago Cubs.

There really aren’t words for how beautiful today was. Tomorrow, we drive to Cleveland.

I Heart Chicago!

Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex. I think I captured the movie logo, no?

We finally made it to Chicago this afternoon. The drive from Des Moines, IA proved to be a fairly quick one in comparison to yesterday. Our first stop was a Chicago Style hot dog in Museum Park just outside of the Field Museum. Then, we were treated to the exhibits of the museum.

We saw “Sue,” the world’s most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. More than 90 percent of this skeleton is real dinosaur bones. She totally reminds me of the Jurassic Park logo from the movies.

Also at the Field Museum are the Tsavo Lions. These ferocious creatures ravaged the workers of the African train system by killing more than 140 workers before they met their own demise. To get to the exhibit, we had to walk through the Asia Mammals exhibit. What a creepy experience! The hall is dark except for the light coming from the exhibits, and all the animals are arranged so that they stare out at you. When we finished at the Field Museum we went for a LONG walk. Here’s the view from the museum.

You can see Lake Michigan out beyond the trees.

It was a glorious day for a walk, and walk we did. I think about 3 miles all said and done. We walked up Lake Shore through Grant Park to see the Buckingham Fountain. Many of you will recognize it from the opening credits of “Married with Children.” In the 15 minutes or so we were there, I counted four wedding parties and one quinceaƱera taking photos.

David at the Buckingham Fountain.

Because it was such a wonderful day to be outside, we continued walking North and eventually came to Millennium Park. Here, we saw an amazing fountain that looks like monoliths called the Crown Fountain. And, the most fun piece of art in the park is the Cloud Gate. It’s so shiny that everything is reflected in it. My favorite photo of the day:

It's me reflected in the Cloud Gate.

Tomorrow, we’re staying in Chicago and will do some more exploring of the city. Stay tuned!