Nestled on the Southwestern corner of Lake Michigan is the city of Chicago. This city is awesome. Full of so much energy and amazing food. I’m so excited to share all the food with you, and the museums. Oh, and all the little quirky things that make Chicago so great. For now, though, here’s just a small glimpse into our 5 day trip – a Chicago snapshot.
The Windy City
The reason for this trip? Well, we lost a bet. Bryce’s Dad likes watching Top Chef, and so do we. A couple of years ago we decided to make a bet – let’s draft players after the first episode and the losers cook dinner. Virtual handshake – deal.
Brooke was season 14’s winner and she was the first pick. We lost the coin toss. Time to bet again. Bryce’s Dad, such a great guy, decides, hey – let’s up the steaks a bit. This time around loser has to buy dinner out. We agreed – we actually agreed that the loser could pick: dinner out or to cook dinner. Well, wouldn’t you know…we lost, again.
Losing for the second time (we lost the coin toss, too) we decided to just go for it. We invited Bryce’s parents to Spiaggia. The cool part, it’s the restaurant that Joe Flamm, the winner of Top Chef, works at – he’s their executive chef. So, that’s the little story that brought us to Chicago, and I’m ever so glad it did – this city is beautiful. If you get the chance, visit. You’ll love it.
Well – thanks so much for visiting. I’ll be sure to share way more detailed posts over the summer to give you a better look into this Chicago snapshot. So fun. Happy Saturday!!
Time for a little look into the Art Gallery of Algoma – the art gallery in my hometown. We recently visited Sault Ste. Marie to hang out with family for a week and my mom took us to the beautiful Roberta Bondar photo exhibit. I remember being in elementary school and about 4 grades of students loaded up on to two busses. The bus drivers had such a hard time trying to find a spot to park. We were there to line the streets with homemade signs welcoming Roberta Bondar back from her trip to space. So cool.
Okay, on to the photos!
Art Gallery of Algoma
This art gallery is small, with 3 separate little spaces, yet it’s still worth the visit if you’re in the north.
Here’s the main attraction!
The display is broken up into four different categories, Calming, Strength, Mystery and Future.
Roberta Bondar describes these as cherished memories and peaceful moments.
She states, “Canada has diversity of strength that can give us courage and confidence in ourselves.”
This is one of my favourites – what a mystery in that little hive. It’s somethings whole world.
Looking onward into the future, where hope and beauty live. In Roberta Bondar’s description of future she speaks a lot about protection of the natural environment. Canada is far too wonderful to lose.
Here’s the standing collection and I believe it always stays the same.
These last pieces are in a small section of the back – they are on loan from various art galleries around Canada. You can see the masking tape tag which clearly identifies it’s going to ‘Algoma’ – at least that’s what I think it is, no way it’s part of the piece, right?
So much texture – I love it.
This one looks better in the photo than it did in person. For the rest, however, you should see them in person for sure.
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon. Enjoy your Saturday!
Last week I shared our visit to the Alberta Legislature Building – doing some travelling in our own town (well, about 45 minutes away). This weekend I’m sharing a little visit we had to Edmonton’s delightful conservatory – the Muttart Conservatory. Four beautiful pyramids, each a different climate: arid, temperate, tropical and then a feature pyramid.
First, admission is fairly reasonable. It’s $12.50 per adult, yet when I went with my dad and step-mom the lady at the desk was so kind she rang us in as a family. She asked if I had CAA and I said “I don’t, but I’ll ask my dad” – to which she responded, “oh, I’ll ring you in as a family.” Score – a family admission is $37.00 and we saved 10% with my dad’s CAA membership, so $33.30.
Okay, on to the plants!
Best time to visit is when it’s bright and sunny out. The pyramids let in so much light and the plants simply look amazing in the bright sunshine.
Here’s the arid climate. We took a tour and although it was very informative, my step-mom nailed it by saying it’s like our tour guide was giving her grade 8 oral. Yup, that’s it.
It was special to see this plant – only flowers every 37 (I think 37) years. So neat!
The elephant foot trees – simply the coolest.
Temperate pyramid is full of all sorts of plants we’re used to seeing here in Canada. Smells like home.
The feature pyramid changes about 8 times a year, so I’m thinking each feature is 6 weeks long – then a few days for change over in between? When we visited it was the tail end of the Canada 150 feature. A lot of red and white plants. These bright beauties were my favourite from that pyramid.
Off to the tropics – money trees and rubber figs, oh and one tree was even growing fruit!
If you’re ever in Edmonton and have a couple of hours, then spend some time at the Muttart Conservatory, you’ll leave with a love for plants.
Overall, it was a delightful afternoon. Great company and beautiful plants. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the weekend!