Friday, August 1, 2008

weekend in the windy city

we spent this weekend in the windy city. this was a nice break from the humid city that new york becomes in the summer!
we were there for a fantastic chicago wedding for some of our favorite people. these are a few of my photos of the city that i took this weekend. the first photo is overlooking the beach along the lake shore. somehow i never had realized that there was a "beach" in chicago. it is such a bizarre little place.

the photo below is from a cubs game. i just may become a baseball fan yet. the game was really fun. now, i'll have to add a yankees game to my list of things to do.
if you ask nicely i will send you photos from the wedding. here's a sneak peak of the phenomenal reception venue.

the fourth... of august?

i apologize for being a delinquent blogger. i found these photos on the digital camera and realized that i never posted them online.

for the fourth of july, we decided to brave the crowds and watch the big macy's fireworks display. we headed down to the brooklyn heighs promenade, overlooking lower manhattan and the brooklyn bridge around 6 pm. somhow luck was with us, and we managed to find a bench seat. which was a good thing, as the fireworks didn't start until 9:30.
so we settled in with our books and picnic dinner to wait it out. from the photos you can also see one of the waterfalls, by olafur eliassonthe crowd continued to fill in the gaps until there was nearly no room to walk. it did start to rain just before the fireworks began, but tapered off during the big show. the fireworks were unbelievable. we realized that we never thought much of fourth of july fireworks - more that it was a time to have a big family cookout and shoot off bottle rockets and sparklers. from our seats, the barge was directly in front of us, and our seats shook with each firework. the show just went on and on- with appearances by all of my favorite fireworks. i really like the ones that whistle. i also read that there were orange fireworks as part of the display- which supposedly are unusual.

so- all in all a fantastic display. another thing to check off the list. although- definitely not a place to go if you dislike crowds and noisy children. :)