Monday, April 23, 2007

Two and a Half Hour Walk.

Trucks with salvage are seen everywhere. It's a spectator sport spotting them.



The tallest building on downtown skyline in this photo is the John Hancock.


One of those apartment buildings is where we took these photos. (You might have to click on highlighted text, then scroll down...having problems making a decent link.)




Above photo: two tall black monoliths. The one on the left of photo, is the John Hancock, at 100 stories high.. The other tall black building, on the right is the Sears Tower at 110 floors high..

Quite the change from the salvage truck huh?
The John Hancock about six blocks away now.

12 comments:

Red said...

Chicago looks so sunny and pretty! I love, love, love love a city with water. I grew up in a seaside town, and having water around me is what I miss the most here in Kent.

That looks like a fun walk, or where you in exercise mode? * and I went for a walk this morning and he moaned at me for walking too fast... can you believe it?! What can I do? It's not like we're going for a stroll, this is our 30 minutes's exercise for the day!

Anyway, last night we caught the tail end of a documentary called Superskinny me, about how to achieve the so-called size zero. Two journalists took on the challenge, and one of them ended up borderline developing an eating disorder (but she had already had bulimia as a child, so why force her to face her weight issues again? It didn't seem wise); the other managed to fit into a pair of jeans meant for a six-year-old girl at the end of the programme. Then she went on holiday and ate all the food she could lay her eyes on! Bless her: she hated starving herself, hated being and looking skinny and she ended up putting on 2.5 kilos within two weeks at the end of the experiment! It was strangely fascinating...

* (asterisk) said...

That looks like a really cool walk. I have to limit my exposure to the sun, though, especially in the first month after getting fresh ink. But the sun is up so bloody early these days, I can't bloody believe it!

When we come to Chicago, we'll definitely go on long walk with you guys. (Yeah, I've just invited us, sorry! It won't be for a while yet, though, don't worry!)

Candy Minx said...

Please come and visit us!!!!

This was a fairly gruelling walk ha ha Red. Well we stroleld to get lunch at a tea house by the lake...and then kind of aspired to walk downtown. We didn't go fast or anything...but steady. My walking speed is about 4 miles an hour comfortable for me anyways.

We were kind of exhausted yesterday and watched tons of movies. After our walk we went to an Irish pub and undid all the hard work...nah/...we were good white wine and cheese!

Stagg never does stuff outside didn't ever go to the beach...and thefunny thing is...I love beaches and can spend a whole day at a beach. When the snack stands open I'm sure he'll start to appreciate beach culture.

FOUR DINNERS said...

Looks beautiful. Where's the wind then? Thought it was the Windy City? Never visit where I live you'd become a manic depressive in seconds.

L.M. said...

I visited once and I loved Chicago. It looked like a pile of architects were given a big bag of money in the early half of the 20th century and told to go batshit crazy.

mister anchovy said...

I think that Chicago is called the Windy City because the politicians are so full of wind (I'll bet Stagg knows the history...).

candyminx said...

4Dinners, Mister Anchovy is on to the idea here...No one knows for sure...it's like an urban myth about how Chicago got the nickname "Windy City". It was in fact very windy that afternoon we took this walk. Poor Stagg had sunblock in his eyes after a couple of hours of walking. When we got to the Irish pub, his eyes were all red and swolen from wind, sand and sunblock.

BUT...although it's windy...there is an idea that the politicians were blowing smoke out their bleeps early last century. And Chicago is a city "on the make" everyone is a snowblower trying to make a buck.

L.M. even the "ugly" cheaper buildings are really gorgeous...I haven't really seen an ugly building here downtown. It is areal source of pride for the architects. I find just walking around downtown an entertainment and a lesson. We were on Ascot street which is a swanky snack bracket...and I don't know why I didn't take a picture...but there was an incredible walk up from Art Nouveau period...stunning...and someone lives in it!

Mister Anchovy...yeah, I've tried to trace the urban myth of how "windy city" got it's name...but no one seems to really know. It is for sure associated with politicians.

L.M. said...

With Nelson Algren being my favourite writer, I caught your 'on the make' reference.

Gardenia said...

The photos are enough to make me want to go to Chicago! Which I never thought about much. The tones are beautiful, you captured something there. Nice!

Gardenia said...

I know what it is - the blues and greens are awesome.

cappy said...

come and visit us...is that an open invite? i'll come! looks lovely!

Tiff said...

started to weep looking at photo of stuff under water, reminded me of titanic.