This weekend I went to the beach with 5 good friends. We relaxed, ate great food, laughed (a lot) and rested. The trip was absolutely wonderful. Friday we spent time on the beach and then we all ate at one of favorite restaurants. Saturday morning we slept in. My friend Jason cooked breakfast and then we spent the rest of the day resting by the pool and the beach. That night we ate an outdoor bar/restaurant and enjoyed some live music. We may or may not have changed the sign on a hotel marquee (that’s right, we are all over 30). Sunday morning was wonderfully blustery. We walked across the street to a hole in the wall and ate breakfast. I spent Sunday morning laying outside by the pool, wrapped in blanket sleeping. Best. Morning. Ever. I was so very sad to leave, but I left with many memories. I have wonderful friends.
So, in order to keep from having to do a billion more posts I’m just going to sum them all up in this one. Below are pictures of Millennium Park (my favorite), Grant Park, Wicker Park, food (needless to say I’m adding in an extra workout or two), CTA (we spent A LOT of time with the Chicago Transit Authority) and various other things we did!
While in Chicago we went to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. I can’t recommend this enough. I, of course, was unable to take pictures while inside the museum, but I took some outside of the building. Most of these pictures are from a fountain that honors people who helped save Jewish people during the Holocaust.
I love the intentionality of the architecture. Visitors enter the dark side, where dark walls and sharp angles represent “the descent into darkness.”
The “hinge” of the building is an awe-inspiring Book of Remembrance, and is the memorial to those who perished in the Holocaust. The “cleave” formed by the hinge between dark and light, houses an authentic early 20th century German rail car that serves as the museum’s anchor artifact.
The third part of the building “ascends into the light.” The soft rounded edges and rooflines filled with natural light emphasize exhibits that represent the rescue and renewal of survivors of the Holocaust.
I’m on vacation for a whole week and a half. I have to use up A LOT of vacation time by October 1st. In addition to resting, cleaning and having fun in Birmingham I just spent 5 days in Chicago with great friends. Between my camera, phone (regular and instagram) it’s going to take me awhile to get all my pictures sorted. On my flight to Chicago and Birmingham I got to sit by the window, which means I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the beauty!
This week I was tidying up the ole computer. Shockingly, I got distracted by a photo editing website. I honestly did do some cleaning, but I mostly edited photos.