04.09.2010 - 05.09.2010 34 °C
I am now in memphis, but I had a great last day in Chicago, started with a free walking tour, it was a small group and we had a knowledgable leader / guide and so I was able to add to my limited architectural knowledge as he shared a lot of the information about the buildings and their history and ofcourse about the fire that pretty much destroyed Chicago but also enable the cuty to become what it is today.
After that I headed tiwardb the harbour as I wanted to investigate some of the area away fro the Naval Pier, it was a warm sunny morning and so really pleasnt for walking along the coast.
I then headed toward town and funfd the Centre for Modern art - a beautiful building and some great art works inside, they also have any area where children and families can go practice their artistic skills,....what a great idea, walked a bit further on to one of their parks and picture this a beautiful warm sunny day, a leafy shade overhead a glass of wine or beer and you cansit there and listen to jazz being played by some of the best musicians in Chicago, when one band finshes you can either wait until the next one starts or simply move on to another area and listen to the ban there....it was a great way to spend a couple of hours and if you jsut let the mind wander you vcan forget everything else and just lsten to the music, beautiful and I have to say that jazz is growing on me...and the otherthing it was all free well you had topay for the wine but the music etc all provided by the local govt, govt grants and support from local business.
Continued my way into town and went into Macy's for a little retail therapy and then out to tea so all in all a great day....not forgetting I had a interesting conversation with a young woman from germany at Breakfast ( and would like to go to Berlin now it sounds wonderful) but as a result of the converstion realised that it is ok to do nothing, it is ok to enjoy being on my own and to enjoyn what I do while at the same time acknowldging and appreciating what I had in the past and that the past will always be with me, and that being on your own means there is no compromise on anyones behalf or any one giving up something to please the other and its ok to enjoy that, my life is my oyster so to speak........I sincerely hope that I don't upset anyone, but I feel I have made a huge step forward!