|by Bill Slavin|
Our summer vacation this year proved to be an exception to the rule of memorable vacations. We flew to the Midwest in July, we traveled with our grown-up son and his girlfriend, we met relatives, some of whom we hadn't seen in years, and we stayed in the same house with eight other people, including two toddlers. A recipe for a tempest; but instead, our time with family and friends turned out to be one of our best trips ever.
We arrived in Minneapolis to find a hot humid evening; but by the next morning, the weather changed to the 70s and 80s, with a slight breeze even on the hotter days.
Our son drove us all over Minneapolis while his girlfriend navigated with ease as long as the two back-seat drivers kept their mouths shut! We cherished the chance to be in green farm country again. We gathered at a local park in Willmar and took advantage of the good food, games, swimming, and shade available. Our numerous relatives reminded us how funny and playful they can be.
|by Bill Slavin|
Our reunion with our other side of the family was just as funny and positive as well. We stayed in a brownstone near Lincoln Park, a charming and lively neighborhood in Chicago, with plenty of room for all of us, including the two sweet, rambunctious toddlers.
|Chicago from the ferris wheel at the Navy Pier by Martha Slavin|
We ate good food, viewed skyscrapers from a tour boat, walked through tree-lined streets, and talked about family and life. We left Chicago just as the weather changed and lightning streaked the sky. We had the best of a summer vacation.
In Minneapolis-St. Paul, check out
Minnehaha Falls Park, the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, Lake Calhoun
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN: https://www.guthrietheater.org
Uptown, Nicollet Mall, Mall of America http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/minnesota/minneapolis/minneapolis-trip-guide/
Places to eat: at the Guthrie Theater https://www.guthrietheater.org/plan-your-visit/eat--drink/
Bachelor Farmer: http://thebachelorfarmer.com/cafe/
Places to Stay: St. Paul Hotel, St. Paul, MN https://www.saintpaulhotel.com
Chicago Architecture Foundation Boat Tour: http://www.architecture.org
Millenium Park: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html
Second City, Chicago, IL: https://www.secondcity.com
Art Institute of Chicago: http://www.artic.edu
Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL: http://www.sheddaquarium.org
VRBO rental in Chicago: https://www.vrbo.com/916963?utm_campaign=VRBO_TRV_RES_HASC_reservationaccept_PPS_hascPropertyQualifier-db88-test&utm_content=propid_text_o_lprop&utm_term=20161209&utm_source=SYS&utm_medium=email
Places to eat:
Hotel EMC2: https://hotelemc2.com