• A Walk Around Chicago, a picture tour

    Chicago in March might not be the time most people decide to visit the Windy City, but Killion’s (my daughter) volleyball team played in a tournament there and so I went.  We scored an Airbnb in an area called South Loop.  Our location was central to the tournament, restaurants and parks. Although there wasn’t a lot of time for tourist activities I had three hours to spare on our last day.  So, I took a walk down Michigan Ave to Millennium Park.  Here’s what I saw…

    Chicago walk-21My first stop was to grab a cup of coffee and a donut at Dunkin Donuts on the corner of S. Michigan and 16th Ave.

    Chicago walk-23If you have a smartphone check out Statue Stories!  It’s easy to use, just swipe your phone on a tag near the statue and you’ll receive a call back from a “famous person” telling you a bit of history.

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    Agora Art Installation – Grant Park

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    Agora Art Installation – Grant Park

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    Crown Fountain – Millennium Park

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    All photos shot on iphone 6

  • A Walk Around Carmel By The Sea

    Cross and Elm is over four years old but I just recently started sharing my posts publicly.  Prior to a month ago I would blog and just let it sit there.  I blogged about our travel, teaching myself to cook, and about our home.  In all I have about 40 posts I published from 2012 – 2016.  Nice people in the WordPress world would like a post here and there, but I was pretty nervous about having a personal blog.  I’m clearly over the nerves part!

    Today’s post is from that time.  Two years ago Jon and I went on a mini vacation to Carmel.  We rented an adorable room and spent an afternoon on a walking tour with CarmelWalks.  Kelly was our guide for a two-hour tour, which was filled with history about the area, architecture lessons and secret alleyways that connect one street to another.  If you are in the area I highly recommend this tour.

    Here are a few photos from the walk:

    Cypress Inn

    Harrison Memorial Library

    The Start of a Secret Alley

    Cottage of Sweets

    Sade’s Cocktails

    Sweet Architecture

    updated: 12/27/17