When we went to Ontario over the holidays I experienced cold like I’ve never done so before. Being a born and bred west coast gal has made a wimp out of me. These photos are from a brief stop we made at the beach. Lets just say we didn’t stay too long.
Our time in Chicago was very limited so we didn’t stray off Michigan Avenue. Whilst planning on what we would see one thing that kept on coming up in conversations was the Chicago one sees in books, tv and movies – mostly notably for us was Ferris Bueller. So the Art Institute of Chicago being a quick walk from our hotel and a short jaunt from all the things we wanted to see at Millennium Park quickly topped the list. While we didn’t get to explore every single wing we saw a lot in the couple hours we were there.
To get the most out of Sadie (who spent the whole time asking if it was time to go to the “doll store” yet), I gave her my phone to take pictures of pictures.
While Vancouver has a good Art Gallery, whenever an exhibit of a well known artist like Monet, Warhol or O’Keefe comes to town we don’t get the good stuff or the quintessential works they are famous for. While I’ve seen countless posters, mouse pads and umbrellas depicting Monet’s Water Lilies – I found being front of the real thing pretty incredible.
Court gets told often enough that he looks like Cameron from Ferris Bueller so I couldn’t resist having him pose in front of the Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painting. Coincidentally Court is a Red Wings fan but left his jersey at home.
Zombie loving Sadie loved the painting of Dorian Gray. Her and Dad spent some time in front of it talking of the story and who the cat probably belonged to. Sadie bought herself a postcard of it to take home.
Cloud Gate wasn’t the only must see public art piece at Millennium Park for me. I was also eager to check out Crown Fountain. While the fountain part of it is not open in January, it was so great being face to face (sorry…couldn’t resist) with the large screens. I love how the monoliths sit against the downtown skyline.
One advantage of visiting it on a cold January morning is that we had the whole place to ourselves. Sadie was pretty confused by the piece at first but quickly became excited when a face appeared that looks a lot like one of our friends.
One thing I most eager to see in Chicago was Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate aka the Bean or according to Sadie - the magic bean. We paid it a visit during a mid-morning walk along Michigan Ave. In spite of the cold wind and a cranky 3 year old, it was an absolute treat having the bean all to ourselves.
We headed east the day after Christmas and squeezed in a mini escape to Chicago. While I’ve flown into the airport their plenty of times, I’ve never step foot in the city. Our visit was short, I instantly fell in love with comic book skyscrapers, winding river and countless revolving doors.
In the middle of downtown Vancouver there is a free outdoor skate rink and amidst all the holiday madness we spent and afternoon there with my sister, and my niece Sybil and nephew Sullivan. I usually avoid places like this around the holidays but was glad we made an exception – the kids loved going round and round the rink with the help of their blue walkers under the multi coloured lights.
We recently spent a day up on Grouse Mountain for some fun in the snow. It doesn’t snow much in the city but luckily we don’t have to travel too far to find it. Sadie made us the most delicious snow cakes. She could have played out there forever…but mum and dad got cold.
Blame it on the beers but I let Sadie take my camera while we lunching at a pub in Whistler. Here are some of her shots. The flowers are pretty but I think the picture of the two bros is my favourite.