Chicago with the family, 2014

 

In the spring of 2014 Ron and Carol took the overnight train to Chicago to visit for a week. Andrew, Theresa and Zoe flew in from California to join them.

 

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Newport News – Amtrak Station. The train backing(!) in to the station. For more information on the train ride see Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/29819.html .

 

 

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Washington DC – Union Station. Ron and Carol had a 4 hour layover in DC. Union Station was built in 1907, but when the Roman Centurion statues (only 4 shown here) arrived to be installed someone noted they were naked, historically correct, but not acceptable for ‘turn of the century’ DC. The shields were added to fix the problem.

 

 

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An Amtrak Roomette (and closet). The other half is the same. Tiny! Often Ron would have to go outside just to change his mind.

 

 

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Harper’s Ferry WV. The train followed the Potomac almost to its head. It was flooding with brown, churning water carrying trees and anything else that would float.

 

 

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Chicago – Central Library. Just next to the hotel, this is what everyone saw everyday as they left. For information on the first three days in Chicago please read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/30052.html  .

 

 

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Chicago – A bit of the ‘L’. (Somewhere they dropped the ‘E’ for elevated.?)

 

 

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Chicago Institute of Art. Carol and Ron got to Chicago the morning before the others and went to the art museum. They also went back on the last day to finish it up. It is huge! The two bronze lions are by sculptor Edward Kemeys, 1893.

 

 

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Chicago Institute of Art. A large mosaic of a camel from the eastern Med., probably Syria, 5th c. AD.

 

 

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Chicago Institute of Art. A head shaped urn for cremated remains. One wonders if the person inside looked like the person outside. Etruscan, 600 BC.

 

 

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Chicago Institute of Art. A Greek wine cup (kylix) made so when the drinker raised the cup to his mouth, he gained large eyes and ears. 530 BC.

 

 

Chicago Institute of Art. People looking at Georges Seurat’s ‘A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.’ Late 19th c. Recall Ron and Carol saw a topiary of this in Columbus, Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4708461409400&l=61e7d29670

 

 

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Chicago Institute of Art. Jules-Adolphe Breton’s famous ‘The Song of the Lark’, 1884. Breathtaking.

 

 

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Chicago Institute of Art. Simian (ape) Mother and Child, Java, 13th c.

 

 

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Chicago – Chicago Board of Trade. The next day everyone took an architectural tour of Chicago. First up was this famous statue/clock, iconic of Chicago.

 

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Chicago – The Rookery. Books have been written on this historical building. It is one of the greatest surviving examples of the early commercial skyscrapers and simply beautiful inside and out.

 

 

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Chicago – Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Robie House’ is a National Historic Landmark on the South Side. It was designed and built in 1910 and is renowned as the greatest example of the Prairie School style. It is across the street from the Oriental Institute. 41.789754, -87.595870

 

 

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Chicago – Soldier Field, from the tour bus. In 2001 the stadium's interior was reconstructed while the classic exterior was preserved. This renovation was described by some as "a spaceship landed on the stadium". Leading one European visitor to ask why they put those ugly columns on the pretty modern stadium.

 

 

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Chicago – The Navy Pier. A pier, yes, but not the navy’s. Now ‘shoppertainment’. The family spent the afternoon there. Top of the list was the Children’s museum.

 

 

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Chicago – The Navy Pier – Children’s Museum. Here Zoe gets to put out pretend fires, digs for fossils with Andrew, and fixes a sandwich of chicken shaped bread and fish center. (Yum, yum!)

 

 

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Chicago – The Navy Pier – The Crystal Gardens. Carol and Zoe playing with one of the many fountains.

 

 

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Chicago – The Navy Pier – The Crystal Gardens. Ron getting a drink from one of the fountains.

 

 

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Chicago – State Street. Andrew teaching Zoe to look for the correct bus number.

 

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. One of the world’s best. Here a view of the main gallery, including the recent T-rex called ‘Sue’ and elephants that go back to the 1909. For details of the rest of the trip read Carol's blog at http://carolbuckles.livejournal.com/30324.html .

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. Here Andrew and Zoe are being [not] afraid of Sue. Sue is the most complete T-rex ever found. Her skull was too heavy for this display and is displayed separately nearby.

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. A trilobite fossil from Morocco. Ron was surprised by the many trilobites that had spines and eye stalks. (Ceratarges spinosus). The huge, sudden Big Bang of life 530 million years ago is called The Cambrian Explosion.

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. Andrew and Zoe being mesmerized by some of the fossils.

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. Theresa and Zoe as chameleons.

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. Andrew, my son, the squid.

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. Theresa acting like the Giant Ground Sloth behind her, and Andrew acting like the log. (Called a Megatherium, from South America, late Pliocene through the Pleistocene.)

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. One of six boats found the Egyptian pyramid complex of Sen-wosret III at Dahshur. About 1840 BC.

 

 

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Chicago – Field Museum of Natural History. Ron reduced in size to explore soil at the ‘Underground Adventure’, a wonderful experience at any age: large moving insects and worms!

 

 

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Chicago – City view and trains as seen from the bus.

 

 

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Chicago – Oriental Institute (at the University of Chicago). Colossal Statue of King Tutankhamun. At 17'4" (5.3m) it is tallest ancient Egyptian statue in the Western Hemisphere. And it weighs 6 tons. From about 1334 BC.

 

 

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Chicago – Oriental Institute. From the throne room of Sargon II's palace (ca. 721-705 B.C.). Two court officials - who are beardless and, therefore, possibly eunuchs - are shown marching toward the king.

 

 

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Chicago – Oriental Institute. Ron and a really big bull! From Persepolis in the reign of Xerxes or his son. 5th c. BC. The horns went missing in antiquity.

 

 

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Chicago - Dessa Kirk’s Magdalene is located at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. In the summer the sculpture becomes part of the surrounding garden, as vines and flowers fill up the skirt of her dress.

 

 

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Chicago – A visit to Chicago would not be complete without dinner at The Berghoff. Beautiful interior and good food. Serving food (mostly beer) since 1898.

 

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