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April 24-30
Chicago and Kentucky Vacation

Toby and I vacation in Chicago for three days (our first time) and then we spend three days visiting his sister in Lexington, Kentucky. This was our first visit to the 'Windy' city and my first trip to Kentucky.

Monday, April 24 - Chicago

While in Chicago we stay at the Flemish House of Chicago bed and breakfast in the 'gold coast' just north of the Miracle Mile.

We stayed in unit 1A in this seven unit B&B. Our unit was a former one bedroom apartment.

It was definitely springtime in Chicago, there were tulips EVERYWHERE... look, my jacket matches these tulips.

The John Hancock Tower looms over Oak Street Beach.

Our first day was sunny and warm, we walked along Oak Street Beach toward the Pier.

Views of the Navy Pier in the background from our walk along Oak Street Beach.

While on the Navy Pier we rode the Ferris Wheel with great views of the city.

Toby and I along the Navy Pier.

Toby and I along the Navy Pier with the skyline and John Hancock in the background.

There were fun house mirrors along the walkway at Navy Pier.

The Chicago Tribune building taken from the bridge along North Michigan Ave.

Views of the Sears Tower taken from atop the John Hancock Observatory.

Views of the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park from the John Hancock Observatory.

The have dinner outside at Papa Milano's just off Rush Street.

Tuesday, April 25 - Chicago

Toby with the T-Rex "SUE" at the Field Museum.

On Tuesday we take the train down to the Field Museum (which was free on Tuesday)

Outside in the freezing air. We did quick stops at the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Soldier Field.

We walk thru Grant Park and stop by Buckingham Fountain.

From the fountain we go to the Art Institute of Chicago which had impressive works of art from Monet, Van Gogh, etc.

We get to see the large "Sunday in the Park" by George Serat. One of my favorite paintings.

After the Art Institue we walk thru the new Millenium Park. These are video fountains. Note: It was 36 degrees!

The Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.

A giant mirrored jelly bean which reflects the city skyline.

From the park we walk thru downtown towards the Sear's Tower, 103 floors up!

Sear's Tower the tallest building in the US.

Images from around downtown Chicago like the Tiffany Dome, Chicago River, Chicago Theater, etc. That night we have French food at Bistro Zinc on Rush.

Wednesday, April 26 - Chicago

We take the train up to Wrigley Field.

We walk around the stadium and also North Halstead Ave.

We take a free tour of the Chernsey House just north of our B&B. This house was partly designed by a young Frank Lloyd Wright.

Some views of the Chernsey House.

We then walk up to Lincoln Park, this view reminded us of Central Park.

We go to the free Lincoln Park Zoo.

The Lincoln Park Zoo had impressive Gorilla exhibition.

Just outside the zoo was the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

The conservatory had tons of plants and the lovely stink flower (middle image).

We walk out toward the shoreline heading back to downtown. It was a clear crisp day, not freezing like the day before.

Toby with the skyline of Chicago.

It was such a clear day in Chicago.

We walk ALL the way to Grant Park to see Buckingham Fountain in the sunlight.

Toby and Alan in front of Buckingham Fountain.

On our last night, we have pizza at Edwardo's Pizza which was walking distance from our B&B.

That evening we go back up John Hancock Observatory for night views of Chicago.

Thursday, April 27 - Chicago / Kentucky

We fly into Kentucky early afternoon and meet up with Barbara. We drive down to Valley View for a car ferry.

Back at the house we explore the spring foliage around the house.

After a delicious rib and black eye pea dinner, we go out to Graeter's for ice cream and sorbet (for me).

Friday, April 28 - Kentucky

Friday morning we drive toward Frankfort through some real pretty horse country. Notice some fences are black some are white. There is a castle under construction too.

In Frankfort we stop by the Kentucky Vietnam Memorial.

We stop by the cemetary in search of Daniel Boone, also some cool views of Frankfort.

The grave of Daniel Boone and his wife.

The 'Singing Bridge' of Frankfort. We have lunch downtown.

Some historical buildings in downtown Frankfort. Also beautiful dogwood trees blooming everywhere.

After Frankford we drove to downtown Lexington and walked to Triangle Park and Starbucks.

We then met up with Barbara and Mike at Keeneland. It was my first horse racing experience.

I stayed close to the track to get a close up view of all the action.

On race 5, I bet on "Ground Hero" (1) to place. The horse came in third, oh well.

For dinner we went to Mellow Mushroom.

After dinner we explored the Arboretum by the University.

Saturday, April 29 - Kentucky

Saturday we woke up early and drove down to Mammoth Caves. The Historic Entrance was closed.

Instead, we took the "Frozen Niagra" tour. We took a bus down to the 'new' entrance.

Toward the end of the almost 2 hour tour, we saw the 'frozen niagra' flow stone formation.

After the caves we drove up to Lincoln's birthplace just south of Elizabethtown. The cabin he was born in is located within the memorial.

The spring by the memorial was where the Lincoln's got their water.

Sunday, April 30 - Fly home