There was glorious sunshine as we walked up a hill and caught the first glimpse of the sparkling skyline next to the enormous Lake Michigan. It was just perfect. The town has so much character and it has everything you could want from fantastic architecture, luscious parks and the lake shore.
We then walked to the Adler Planetarium
and got the chance to learn about stars, telescopes and make our own craters, which were surprisingly scary when they went off with a bang and caught us unaware. Then we saw what we would look like in different mirrors and Liz danced her way through an infra-red screen.
We even got to follow a magical red line to be able to see some imagination-inspiring Nebulas during a 3D movie about telescopes all over the world. Unfortunately my favourite telescope, Jodrell Bank
, was not included in the world’s best telescopes but it remains my favourite. During the show I kept on expecting Brian Cox
to po up but he didn’t so we left, a little disappointed, in search of the perfect picnic place to munch on our packed lunches. The lunch boxes had really proved to be useful and I really enjoyed being sat on the grass over-looking the lake and people watching whilst munching on my carrot and hummus sticks.
It was then off down the lakeshore trail to get to the Skydeck
, with a stop at the Buckingham Fountain
I then had to wait for Liz to snap out of her ET phase
and we were able to be fast tracked up the tower due to our nifty Chicago
We literally zoomed all the way to the top of the Sears Tower
The view of the city was stunning. It was also very scary when I took the first brave step into the glass box which hangs off the side of the building.
I managed to get a quick snap before fear and adrenalin set in and I jumped back to safety. Another woman summed up the feeling of being in the glass box beautifully but unfortunately I can not repeat it.
After being at the top of the Chicago buildings we then returned to street level and grabbed another coffee for a boost. Caffeine dependency is a bad, bad thing but after that boost, with Liz being repeatedly complemented on her awesome blue hat, we made it to the magical bean of Chicago in Millenium Park.
This piece of art/architecture is just mind-boggling. It can provide hours of entertainments and a stunning alternative view of the city. I can see why people are so attracted to it as it is like a very large shiny toy. We had to sit down for a while and just stare at it in wonder. I also loved seeing other people’s faces as they saw it for the first time. There was some interesting camera work going on!
We then went to an even larger toy; the Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier
Nervously, as neither one of us likes heights very much, we stepped into our carriage and were whisked around the ferris wheel. With one almost mini panic attack, right at the top of the wheel, successfully dealt with we were able to enjoy the view of the skyline and the lake. It was a very special thing to do. Even more so when we were safely back on solid ground.
Finally, we made it back to Clark Street
and dove into the Pasta Bowl for no not a bowl of pasta but soup/salad and soup/Panini, although the pasta looked very delicious.
Feeling full we meandered back to the hostel but not before Liz picked up a cupcake from Molly’s to satisfy her sugar cravings. It was a cake batter flavoured one and looked delectable. It didn’t last very long and then we made it to bed at the very rock ‘n roll time of nine. Oh dear, jet lag can really kill any party animal’s spirit!