Traveling with a two-year-old

Recently I took my almost three-year-old granddaughter on a five-day trip to Florida.  You wouldn’t think that this would have been such a big deal, but I have gotten lots of comments and questions sounding suspiciously like,  “Why would you do such a thing?”

On trams at airports, in rental car shuttles and waiting in the airport people would stop and say, “What a cute little girl (and she is) and then make some comment to the effect that I must be transporting her  home or some such thing.

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Patagonia: The Other End of the Hemisphere

Guest Blogger Kate Dernocoeur

“Patagonia”: my love for the word came long before the outdoor-wear company by that name was founded. Patagonia is not a country, but a region at the tip of South America that includes terrain in both Chile and Argentina. It spans the continent from the southern Atlantic across the Straits of Magellan (claimed by Chile in 1843) to the Pacific. It delves hundreds of miles inland across the beautiful flatness of the pampas (grassland), over immense glacial lakes and up the spine of the Andes. It hosts the world’s largest non-polar ice cap. Continue reading

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New Symrna Beach preserves “Old Florida” Feel

If I didn’t have friends who spend a couple of months each winter in New Symrna Beach, I probably would have never gone there.

It’s one of the many beach towns that doesn’t get much publicity, but gets kudos galore from folks who escape the winter cold here.  In fact, I think most of them would rather NSB stay out of limelight. They like it the way it is.

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Primitive: DesignDestination in Chicago

Whenever I go to Primitive at 130 North Jefferson Street in the Fulton River District of Chicago, I wonder what to call it.

A store? A showroom? A meditation site?  A museum? A party palace?

It’s all of those places and more.  For me it’s like taking a trip to an exotic destination.

The four-story 31,000 square foot showroom, filled with authentic, museum quality objects from all over the world is an education, an adventure and a marvelous source of home furnishings.  The collection includes furniture, artifacts, textiles and jewelry  from exotic and far-flung locations.

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Hearts-a-Bluhm in Chicago

I arrived in Chicago the day AFTER the big snowstorm expecting to see lots of snow and I did.  What I didn’t expect and thoroughly enjoyed were the hundred colorful and artistic acrylic HEARTS lined up on both sides of Michigan Avenue.

The Hearts, a project sponsored by Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, is a fundraiser and a wild splash of eye candy for those of us trudging up and down the street, dodging falling ice and huge piles of snow.

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