The Best Place on Earth...

In my world,
the best time is now.
The best place is here.

Home, that is.

Travel is exciting.
But I have to say,
my favorite part is coming home.

Our days in Chicago were filled with fun....
serendipitous moments,
scrumptious meals (yes, Linda, I ate Chicago pizza for you!)
sleeping in,
and tons of walking.

We did all the touristy things

and saw all the touristy sights....

yep, that's me up in that shiny thing....self portrait!

We took an architectural tour by boat.

We visited the Chicago Botanical Gardens.

Oh I could tell you the story of how I thought Hubbs was
walking beside me down the street,
so I grabbed what I thought was his hand
and uttered something in his ear,
only to find out.....
it wasn't him.
And the man that I accosted was quite embarrassed!

We walked and talked and laughed....
escaping daily responsibility for 4 days.

And at the end of it all,
we could not wait to get home!

The dogs were excited to see us....
although they had been quite happy in the company
of Hubbs' father.

The animals on the farm?
Well, Moonbeam uttered  "Oh, you." in his
typical Eeyore-esque voice.

The chickens were ecstatic and came running....
as if they had even noticed we were gone!

Even the turkeys were mildly curious...

the goats?.....well, they barely missed a beat
and kept right on munching hay.

The animals had all been well cared for by our neighbors
Jim and Kathy
with a little help from Jenn and baby Tyler.

Oh, we're not in Oz anymore are we?
Goodness, there's no place like home!!!

PS:  One of our serendipitous moments 
came at breakfast time on the first morning.
We ran across the street to the Corner Bakery
 on the corner of Michigan and Whacker Aves...

only to find that they were filming  the movie "Transformers 3"
right outside the bakery.
We had a front-row seat for filming...
Here are a few pictures I took of the scene.....
Yep, that's the star Shia LaBeouf
standing beside his car, the Transformer "Bumblebee".

and the director...

and lots of action...

A little added bonus to our morning....and great fun!


Sandy said…
So glad to hear you had a great time in the Windy City. My hubby worked downtown Chicago for 25 years. I worked down there too for several years..even had an office in the Equitable Building on Michigan Ave. with a view of Lake Michigan for a few years. How great is that to see a movie being filmed. You got wonderful photos.
Tidy Brown Wren said…
I love the saying, "No matter where you may roam, the best part is comming home."
Julie said…
Glad you had a great time. I can't stop laughing because you whispered something in someone else's ears! I agree too...there's no place like home!
Anke said…
Sounds like you had a really good time in Chicago. The architecture is amazing, but personally, I'd rather live in the country... How neat that you got to see some of the movie being filmed, very exciting. Like you, I think it is wonderful to go on vacation, but there is absolutely no better place than home.
Oh, I couldn't agree more! Home is a blessing! Glad you enjoyed things in our neck of the woods!
Unknown said…
Wow, looks like you had a fab time!!! Lots of adventures.
Anonymous said…
WOW...timing is everything..great glad you had fun in Chicago..I was worried when I heard about all the rain..guess you just missed it..Anyhoo..I too, am glad you're back
countrynmore said…
Wow! What a trip and to see the filming of a movie in front of your eyes is fantastic. I am always happy to get back home. Although it is nice to get away from the every day routines, there really is no place like home.
Anonymous said…
wow super fun trip for you -- Ive only been to Chicago once and it was the airport only -- I just got back from a two day Get a Way and Yes it's always nice to be bak home!
Kelly said…
I'm glad you had a wonderful time. Yes, Dorothy, there is no place like home.
P.S. I love the Bumblebee. He is my fav transformer. Who would have thunk it. I bought those silly cars when my son was little.
Cathy said…
That is too funny about Transformers! My granddaughter and her Daddy would be SO jealous. I just watched the first one this weekend and must say I am not sure I followed it!!!!