The Nancy Merrill challenge for this week.
First, the 3 cats who live here enjoying a treat. Next a picture of 3 siblings in my family, all dressed up for a special occasion maybe. Life very different from today where we take 50 photos and select the best, this may have been a once a year situation. Last my quilt contribution to “three”. A Quilt Of Valor display had this quilt with 3 flags on it.
There was much more to May than spring flowers this year. My husband and I have two sister-nieces who celebrated landmark school graduations, and our daughter graduated from college and happily joined the work force. Our local high school girl’s lacrosse team won its 11th state championship, and our friends from Maryland have a son […]
via Finding a Groove in Troubling Times — elisa ruland
The group we camped with made plans to hike into Damascus and straight to a place called Mojo’s for breakfast. The extra motivation pushed me through those 2.5 miles real quick. By 8:45 we placed orders for plates of pancakes and eggs. The food came out with unexpected sides of mixed veggies and we ordered […]
via Day 56 — A Day to Adventure
I have been to visit the Atlanta area a number of times, the first time about 45 years ago. When I visited then, I came with a friend and neither one of us knew anyone here so we went to typical tourist places. Dinner at a recommended restaurant and shopping downtown. Now I have family and friends living in the area which allows me to come here more often. So I have their input about unique or the current fun place to see. This was my first visit back in about a year and we had free time to explore so I set out for a new adventure.
This visit, I discovered a great new place. The is a shopping area, not a shopping mall, called Ponce City Market. It is located in a converted Sears, Roebuck building. The building originally opened in 1926 and re-opened in its new form in 2014. The day we visited it was jam-packed with people everywhere.
There are great shops and restaurants, tons of parking, a wonderful industrial vibe throughout and entertainment at various times. Throughout a nod to the original use of the building by Sears.
The general experience in this place is much like Underground Atlanta was many years ago. The day was wonderful in every aspect and I look forward to making this a regular stop on my visits here in the future. Once again a chance for good food and great shopping in a new atmosphere.
Part of the reason for going to downtown Chicago now is for the temporary Christmas Market. For those who have never experienced it, it’s a little like being in Germany before Christmas.
A group of carts or caravans are located in a central or shopping location for several weeks before Christmas. Each one has different items for sale. Some have food and drinks. Other areas may have music playing from a local band. Some markets have small carnival type rides a merry-go-round or a Ferris wheel for children.
In this area people come to hear the music, to eat the food and maybe to purchase an item or two. The market in downtown Chicago is set amid the high rises in a pretty open plaza. It certainly has much of the feel of its European counterpart. Many of the venders are from Germany and many have German articles for sale.
One of the fun traditions that was used here as well as in Europe is the option of a cup. Some of the vendors offer hot as well as cold drinks and you can purchase cup along with your drink. Great for hot chocolate or mulled wine.
This has been a huge success for the city of Chicago and even on a bitter cold day people are here. For those who work nearby it is a nice change for a lunch break. Good for the German community here as well as the city.
Downtown Chicago has already become very festive, lights are up, windows are decorated and people are starting to get in the mood. Many people in the Chicago area have traditions that involve going downtown. Marshall Fields was the largest store that had windows decorated each year to tell a story. Many years the animation in the windows was truly spectacular and you rushed to go from window to window to see the story. Also in the same store the restaurant everyone went to was the Walnut Room for lunch with the children either before or after they saw Santa and to see the 3 story tall Christmas Tree.
The store has now been taken over by Macy’s, but much of the appearance of the store is the same. The tree is up and the windows are decorated and animated and it is still a destination for many families.
The animation now is not only the figures moving in the window, but the digital photos used in the displays change.
The tree still looks spectacular.
One window this year is dedicated to the World Series winning Cubs with a logo in the Ferris wheel that is turning in the window.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.