Thursday, 28 July 2011
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Chicago is an all round exciting city to visit - great architecture, great parks, shops and food. My Brother-in-law lives near an uber cool part of the city called 'Wicker Park', which is full of great shops (Renegade handmade being my favourite) and places to eat. It was easy to while away most of the week just exploring the local neighbourhood and going for early evening drinks at ridiculously trendy bars and cafes (despite growing up in a city, it's times like this that I feel like a complete Teuchter )
We did however venture 'Downtown' to do all the obvious tourist things - on this particular day the sun was shining, sky was blue and Chicago was looking its most glorious best.
We spent most of the morning at Millennium Park, listening to the free concert at the amazing outdoor venue and playing in the water fountains.
Lunch was an obligatory hot dog - and boy, do the Americans know how to do condiments! (our youngest is the world's biggest gherkin fan, so was in awe of the local 'pickle' habit)
...and then we walked down the 'Magnificent Mile'
I can hardly believe we have been back in Scotland for almost a week now and can feel the relaxed state I was in by the end of our trip starting to slip through my fingers. Our 2 weeks in the 'States' has been the best family holiday we have ever had - maybe it's just that the boys are getting older and slightly easier to take places - but without doubt it has given me the travel bug and I'm itching for another trip.
Monday, 18 July 2011
|Steps leading to the beach at South Haven,|
We spent the first week of our holidays by the lake in a small town in Michigan (approx 2 hours drive from Chicago) called South Haven. This was the relaxing part of the trip, a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of Chicago- the weather was perfect and we literally did nothing except go for walks, swim, read, play a bit of sport, eat and drink. My brother in law came along with us, so the adult to child ratio was 3:2 - what a luxury! we took full advantage of this - I even managed the odd daytime nap
|The Octagon House|
We stayed in a lakeside 'condo' called the Octagon house (we had the upper part of the building) - it was pure American luxury - massive fridge/freezer with ice machine and water chiller, (is this a little weird that I am getting so excited over a fridge?) glorious decking that we ate all our meals on, shared swimming pool (there was never anyone else there) and huge TV with a gazillion channels (the 2 men in the party were in 7th heaven once they had argued over who got to hold the control)
|4th of July Firework Picnic|
The weekend we arrived in South Haven happened to be the 4th of July Holiday, so were lucky enough to be able to go along to the 'Harbour side' fire work display - the sky that particular night was ablaze with the most gorgeous sunset.
Lake Michigan itself is a huge expanse of water - 118 miles wide and 307 miles long. The beaches and the water itself are amazingly clean with beautiful white sand.
I knew from guide books that the area itself was home to a lot of antique villages and shops, however being the only female on the trip I really was fighting a loosing battle trying to persuade the others to partake in a spot of antiquing with me - I did however manage to wangle a visit to a roadside Antique center - It was brilliant! full of the most interesting items, - defiantly a hi light for me, even if both children refused to get out of the car!!
Ahhhh South Haven - what a wonderful place....
Saturday, 16 July 2011
We're back! Head currently all over the place due to jet lag, but just thought I'd check into my neglected blog. We have had the most amazing trip, seen and done so many things - eaten so much food!
Thought I would leave you with a picture of 'Brunch' - You have got to hand it to the Americans, they really know how to make a good Breakfast.