Monday, August 21st, 2006 • 2 Comments on My Kind of Town
So I’m home, I’m unpacked, the laundry is done, the mail has been sorted and life has returned to normal, for now. My suitcase still sits in the corner of my bedroom and I’m reluctant to put it away because that will mean my traveling days are over for a bit. Truth is, if someone put a plane ticket in my hand, I’d go. Wherever. Okay, almost wherever. I’d even be willing to cart my personal possessions around in a clear ziplock bag if someone wanted to send me to the U.K.
Until the next adventure, here are a few highlights from Chicago:
Sheri and I having tea at the opulent Drake Hotel to celebrate my birthday, belatedly. It was a lovely and decadent afternoon punctuated by laughter as we tried to guess the various show tunes and theme songs the harpist played.
View from the 96th floor of the Hancock Building. I spent a couple of hours admiring the view, drinking champagne and taking pictures.
There is a store in Chicago called American Girl Place which sells all the American Girl dolls, clothes, books and accessories. There is also a restaurant, a theater and this… a hair salon. I guess this is where bad hair stylists go when they can’t get a job working on humans. It was truly bizarre. Take note, Nick. Someday your daughter will want to go to American Girl Place. Be prepared. It is a scary place, even on a slow day.
I only recently discovered there is a wine named for me. Sheri had a bottle. I need to buy a case.
I guess this is one way to discourage violent crime. It’s hard to shoot someone while you’re laughing, after all.
In addition to coffee shops, I spent a lot of time in chocolate shops while I was in Chicago. There was the dreamy Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, the sophisticated Vosges Haut Chocolat, the quaint Sarah’s Pastries and Candies, the All-American Hershey’s… and then there was the pink-and-brown chocolate house that is Ethel’s Chocolate Lounge. This is a little bit of heaven on Earth, I tell you.