Once upon a time in 2012, I got an opportunity to visit Chicago as part of International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). During our free time we were taken for a Chicago Architectural Boat Tour, which enables us to admire Chicago’s architecture.
We set off from Navy Pier, which offer great view.
And here are the building and architecture pictures. The tour guide explained each famous building and land mark, but I was too busy taking pictures so I did not remember any of it.
All these pictures were taken with my old Sony Cybershot digital camera. Looking at the pictures again, the neck pain that I got after looking up to take them is all worth it.
One of the best things about traveling to a new place is that you can get a lot of surprises. That’s exactly how I felt during my visit to Chicago, United States. Prior to my visit I heard Chicago as Windy City. I was also quite familiar with the city because of Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls. Then, during several meetings that I had in Washington D.C. a couple of people praised Chicago as a very nice city. It’s hip and cultural they say. Well, it was hip indeed.
With that in my mind, I was pleasantly surprised as I strolled a long the busy pedestrian walk a long the city to see so many colorful Tulips in full bloom! Yes, TULIPS 🙂 yeah, we all know that Tulips are the national flower of the Netherlands. And I have seen a lot of Tulips in England. But, never in such coordinated fashion as those that I saw a long the road in Chicago.
Check these out and judge for yourself. Aren’t they gorgeous!!!
As a person who comes from a tropical country like Indonesia, where there are only dry and rainy season, Spring is always very interesting. When I was studying in England, I always love Spring. The temperature is getting warmer, the bulb starts to grow and the flowers start to bloom.
I am fortunate enough to be able to experience Spring again here in Washington D.C. Hmmm, technically I also spent a day of Spring in Japan. Unfortunately, in both places I missed one of the mosty famous spring flower: the Cherry Blossom or Sakura. Yup, I was too early to see it in Japan – they say this year the Sakura is late to bloom. But, here in Washington D.C., I was late 😦 The Cherry Blossom festival, which I can only imagine the beauty have passed.
Any ways, there are still a few cherry blossom here and there…And there are still plenty of color.