• Day 4 Vancouver: Walk over Canada

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Permalink

    We started the day in our wharf hood, Steveston, by visiting the fishing canary museum.  The tour took us along the entire process from boat to can.  The fish production in the early 1900s sounded gross and intense.  These hard-working laborers worked to get the fish into cans before it spoiled. They were paid horribly ...

  • Day 3 Vancouver: Sidetrip to Whistler

    Monday, September 12, 2016 Permalink

    Our plan was to zipline today in Whistler. It's home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Also, it is was a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Between a late start and a five hour-ish round-trip, we didn't get to zipline.  That bummer was balanced out by the incredible ...

  • Day 2 Vancouver: Going to Extremes

    Sunday, September 11, 2016 Permalink

    Today, we went to the extreme for Abby's birthday. First, we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It's this 460 foot bridge that is 230 feet above the Capilano River.  The bridge sways back and forth as people come and go.  I white knuckled it the entire way... both times.  On the other side of ...

  • Day 1 Vancouver: Cool, Clean, Lovely

    Saturday, September 10, 2016 Permalink

    After a direct 4 hour and 12 minute flight from Chicago to Vancouver, we (sister Jenny, niece Abby, and Abby's boyfriend Lucas) landed in a country where the place and the people are cool, clean and lovely.  We are staying in a 5 bedroom house in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. Our landlord met us ...

  • Germany Day 1: I’m Two Pretzels In

    Sunday, September 13, 2015 Permalink

    Greetings from Munich, Germany! Friday night, my sister Jenny and I hopped on a plane for a little adventure.  The direct flight from Chicago to Munich left forty-five minutes late and arrived twenty minutes early.  With the 9 hour flight and a 7 hour time difference, we arrived foggy to a beautiful, sunny day in Germany.  ...

  • Palmer House Shares Its Treasures

    Thursday, August 27, 2015 Permalink

    The Palmer House presents HISTORY IS HOTT. Full disclosure... I love Chicago history.  And I've always loved the Palmer House!  I've had the pleasure to visit it as both a hotel guest and event guest. And I even had a membership to the fitness center two decades back.  The grandeur is breathtaking.  The attention to detail ...