Category Archives: Activity

Visiting Hakone

Let’s take a little arm chair trip to Japan. Hakone is a good day trip from Tokyo. I’ve just discovered these Life Where I’m From videos and love them. Check them out and subscribe on YouTube. Advertisements

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Chicago Theater Tour

It’s Theater Week in Chicago, which means discounts for theater events. I took advantage of the discounts and went on a tour of the Chicago Theater. I’d never been inside before and wasn’t prepared for it to be so palatial. … Continue reading

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Harbin’s Ice Festival

I visited Harbin, China’s “Russian” city last summer. While the people were pretty gruff, it’s a fun city to explore. If I weren’t such a hot house flower, who loves to stay warm in winter, I’d take in Harbin’s Ice … Continue reading

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Clarke and Glessner Houses

Saturday I toured Chicago’s Clarke and Glessner Houses south of the Loop on the rejuvenated Prairie Avenue, where millionaires once lived and have recently returned after a bleak era when light industry and parking lots took over the neighborhood. The … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will … Continue reading

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Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Since it’s so expensive (usually $36 for adults) I haven’t been to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in years. Probably 35 years. But a friend enticed me to try the Wednesday night “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” experience, which is just $18. In … Continue reading

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Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee

Yesterday I visited a friend in Milwaukee and we visited the Pabst Mansion. Captain Frederick Pabst built a fortune brewing beer with his brother-in-law for his father-in-law’s brewery (known at Best Brewing). In the late 19th century he and his … Continue reading

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Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity

Yesterday I went to the Art Institute of Chicago‘s exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.” C’est magnifique! By pairing the fashion of the day with French paintings by Impressionists and others from the late 19th century. So in addition to an … Continue reading

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798 Art Space

Last week I visited the 798 Art Space in Beijing. I’m proud of myself for getting to this place beyond the subway system using public transportation rather than a taxi. Just take the subway to Dongzhimen and then take bus … Continue reading

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Xiaoqinghe River Park

While it’s not as big as the mighty Yellow River, Xiaoqinghe has a lovely new park with great landscaping and sculptures. Just take the #12 bus (1 rbm) from Di Kou Lu or ask your hotel which bus to take. … Continue reading

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