A Little Snow Before Christmas

 

Last weekend we had some snow and since it’s December it seemed like a good time for it.  After all, it’s almost Christmas.  However, when the sun came out a few days later it warmed up and now the snow is gone.  That one cold, snowy Saturday turned out to be a perfect time for staying home, writing Christmas cards and having a cup of hot chocolate!  I’m also enjoying the displays and decorations I’ve seen this month that are so cheerful for the holidays.  These pictures are of scenes that I’ve admired from past Decembers.  Sometimes it’s nice to stop and simply enjoy the season, especially when a little winter weather comes your way.

Merry Christmas!

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Travel theme: Sculpture

Here are some sculptures of friendly animals in the gardens along the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  The sea serpent extends into two separate garden spaces while the bird is in just one.  It looks like they are ready for adventure.

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Travel theme: Roads

For this week’s theme I thought of two pictures showing completely different scenes.  The first is from Chicago showing late afternoon traffic.  The second is from the Foothills Parkway in Tennessee and leads to panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Both roads may lead to adventure, so take your pick!

CBBH Photo Challenge: Reflection

In December I was in Chicago to enjoy the holiday season.  As I strolled around an outdoor Christmas market there was an interesting reflection on one of the buildings.  It looked like this:

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The two blogs I’d like to recommend are Elisa Ruland and Sharing My Italy…The Blog.  You’ll really enjoy them!

My 2012 in Pictures

It’s the perfect time to look back on this year’s travel destinations.  For me it started with trips to Dallas and Philadelphia in the winter followed by Anaheim in the summer, and then St. Petersburg, Chicago and North Carolina in the fall.  I was also in Italy during May.  Here is a sample of my 2012 in pictures.

Have a Happy New Year!

Travel theme: Festive

I was just in Chicago this weekend and everything was festive!  There’s a Christmas market that’s filled with crafts, food, and other interesting things to discover.  I also visited Macy’s on State Street to see the holiday decorations.  Here are some pictures of Chicago in December.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A Chicago Weekend

Last weekend was an ideal time to be in Chicago. For one thing the weather was perfect.  It was sunny and the sky was bright blue.  I had to make a decision as to where I should go first.  I thought that a walk along the Magnificent Mile would be a good choice.  And it became a real adventure.  I saw many historic buildings, department stores and lots of people.   Here are some of the sights.

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Lincoln Park Zoo in Early Spring

I was in Chicago a few weeks ago.   One of my favorite destinations there is the Lincoln Park Zoo.  It’s actually in the city, so when you look around you can see many tall buildings.  In fact, the parking area gives you a view of some of the city’s skyscrapers. Continue reading