Friday, December 18, 2015

Back to Michigan for Thanksgiving but off to Chicago (Part 2).

Chicago here we come! So after some turkey and good time with family, my daughter and I ventured on to Chicago to see the big city. There was so much traffic driving in to the city on a Saturday so I decided we go sightseeing on Sunday morning. I had heard of the Big Bean over at Millennium Park for ages and just had to get a glimpse of that magic sculpture. 

While driving down we got to see Grant Park and passed by so many huge towers. Everything just looked so grand, seemed like the mini Big Apple (NY).  

We drove down to Michigan avenue to take a look at the city. It was so quiet that morning in contrast to the day before. We parked over by the Art Institute of Chicago and then there it was, the magic bean surrounded by other interesting sculptures that scared the life out of me. It was a display of these huge 3D sculptures of human heads in the park. It was very freaky but unbelievably real. 

Everyone had said this town was really windy but surprisingly that day the weather was just right.

There was this great display of faces on a screen that apparently spit water at you now and then. There was fun activity for the family right outside the park like the skating ring right by a Park & Grill restaurant, lots of people joined in or just stood by enjoying the scenery.

We literally spent less than an hour exploring this great park and then we were off on the road again back to Maryland. That drive down was 12, did I say 12, 12 hours. It was unbelievably long but it was one of my best trips ever. Got to relax, got to spend time with family and of course I got to keep great memories I will never forget. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Back to Michigan for Thanksgiving but off to Chicago (Part 1)

My first official Thanksgiving in the States. I really didn't have anything planned for Thanksgiving then I got offered to join in on a trip to Michigan. Sounded perfect to me! I hardly ever turn down a trip as you know. I had a few days to plan with my little munchkin, aka my travel buddy and then there it was, the Wednesday before thanksgiving. We head out on the road pretty early, made a few stops, had some lunch in Ohio and then arrived Michigan at about 8pm.

When we got there, we camped at the Embassy Suites right by the Detroit Metro Airport. Was a lovely treat. That evening they served free drinks to guests near the lobby and then it was off to bed for me and my gang.

The next morning I drove down to Detroit to join in on the festivities. I literally missed the Thanksgiving parade the week before in downtown Silver Spring, MD. I had to make up for it in Detroit. I wouldn't miss it for the world. On our way there we passed by the Worlds largest tyre. We got to see other cool tourist spots along the way like the Michigan Science Center.

When we got there we found a parking spot just by the Hellenic Museum right opposite the parade. 

There were huge floats with different themes. They had firemen all dressed up in clown outfits, there was music and dancing all along the road and they saved the best for last with Santa's arrival on his Sleigh.

After all that, we went off to get some Turkey. Yayy!!! To be continued...

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