Latest Travel adventure: Chicago, The Windy City

I recently had the good fortune to travel to Chicago, the Windy City.

It’s one of those old American cities I’ve always wanted to spend some time in, and I was far from disappointed!

The trip was brief, but given it’s blues scene, dining culture, great architecture and friendliness, there’s no doubt that this is my kind of city. I will definitely be back for a return visit.

With it’s famous moniker, The Windy City, I was expecting some kind of tumultuous weather pattern – but as one of the locals informed me, the wind it’s referring to is actually a late 1800s reference to all of the political hot air.

The toughest choice I had to make was how to spend my limited time, and after a wonderful breakfast I happily spent the afternoon at the world’s largest indoor aquarium, The Shedd Aquarium. (http://www.sheddaquarium.org)

 

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It was a spectacular day on Lake Michigan. The Aquarium is on one of the coastline points and makes for a beautiful walk.

 

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The Aquarium has a huge diversity of creatures. The sharks are among the largest creatures.

 

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Along with the Beluga whales, who are also trained performers in the Whales and Dolphins show.

 

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These wormy creatures are amongst the smallest animals – and have a definite creep factor.

 

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The first time I’ve actually seen a sea dragon. I was surprised by how tiny and beautiful they are.

 

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It wasn’t just ocean animals at the aquarium. There was quite a range of tropical amphibians including frogs, turtles and salamanders.

 

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This one won the smug guy award.

 

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Giant old crustaceans like this one were almost imperceptible until the rocks started moving

 

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The penguins are serious crowd pleasers and worth the extra few dollars

 

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My personal favourite was the otters. So sleek, smart and playful.

 

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And of course… lots and lots of fish of all sizes, shapes, colours and behaviours.

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