a fine day out

Comfortably settled into our hotel room a block from the party venue, K and I found ourselves with time on our hands.
What to do?


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K checked the lake. Whitecaps.

We walked around the block enjoying the crisp air. Everything seems better in Chicago: it's cleaner, prettier, cheaper, people are happy.
And then we came upon an idea.
We'd been contemplating visiting The French Market and an opportunity presented itself.


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It was, perhaps, only a mile or so from where we stood. We got excited. We went back to the hotel to change into more suitable clothing and then back to the bicycles.


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For seven dollars each, we rented two bikes and started on our trek.
The streets were pretty quiet. The weather was perfect. The bikes were heavy and safe feeling.
(I haven't been on a bike in a long long time.)
We rode and rode. I liked flicking the little bell on the handlebars.


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We rode over bridges and past buses and around trucks. It was pretty easy and mostly flat.
There was a bike station right outside the market. We put our bikes back, went in and looked around and bought cheese and bread and olives and an apple.
I got some lavender-scented soap and salve.
We tasted a combination of red wine, chocolate and cheese. Fascinating.
We bought sausage.


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Then, we went back outside and grabbed two new bikes.
We rode to Millennium Park to see the bean and the fountain.


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We left our bikes and walked around for a while.


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We grabbed two new bikes and headed back to our neighborhood.
We got bread and wine -


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and turned in the bikes one last time.


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And THEN we went back to the hotel for a picnic.


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And there was chocolate.



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Comments

L.P. said…
How lovely! Downtown does look a LOT cleaner and nicer than I remember.
NorahS said…
Fabulous. My daughter honeymooned there last summer and loved it.
Patt said…
I live downstate and love going to Chicago....it is a fantastic place. Have a wonderful trip!
Paola said…
<3!
Anonymous said…
Great weather for you! I'm glad to get to Chicago a few times a year. My husband and I seem to have those same picnic components, easy and delicious, wherever we are, including our backyard. Screw top wine makes it even more convenient - no forgotten corkscrew to get caught in airport security. Carol
Anonymous said…
You guys are adorable. What a wonderful afternoon! And the namesake chocolates made my day when you revealed the close-up.

jbhat

Mary Duan said…
You need to eat an Italian beef sammich while you're there. Order it as follows: sweet and wet. Trust me on this. Enjoy my city. Go to the Cultural Center. It's near the Bean (on other side of the street) and there's an Art-o-Mat.
Schmutzie said…
Hello! I was just thinking about it being apple-picking season right about now, and it made me wonder if the Blackbirds were picking this year. Thought I'd check in :)
Schmutzie said…
Hello! I was just thinking about it being apple-picking season right about now, and it made me wonder if the Blackbirds were picking this year. Thought I'd check in :)
Poppy Buxom said…
Oh my, you two. We live here and would we ever? Wouldn't even occur to us. We need to retaliate by riding bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge to attend some street fair so breathtakingly hip that even you and K wouldn't have heard if it. Even if we had to invent it.
Perfect. And you had the weather for it, too.
dervla kelly said…
dude, this was a perfect outing...gotta do something like that soon
Perfect. If you tried that - as in the bike riding - in Sydney you'd be killed - or at least knocked down. Then you could have had a picnic in our ER!

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