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Chicago 2018 – Day Eleven

Today is the day we leave Niagara & head back to Lisle.

After the three night stop over in Niagara we are heading back across Canada & the States to Chicagoland.

Thankfully the weather was overcast and cool for the projected 8.5hr 450 mile road trip. A quick fill up for gas at the gas station and then we were off.

We tried several times to look for a Subway enroute but more often than not failed to find one, then we spotted a sign & off we went, after several miles of driving through a town we were about to give up when Elle had a brainwave and suggested that Subway were always hear a McDonald’s & true to form there they were. Provisions gathered for breakfast & lunch & we were off again.

Now for the dreaded wait at the immigration point to get back into the US. Again another 45 minutes wait. this time we paid $3.25 as opposed to the $3 on the way out. Stopped to have our passports checked by a very nice immigration officer who asked me what happened with my ESTA renewal? Not that he didn’t already know the answer but I obliged & let him know my wife had made an error & he skilled and said the young lady sat next to me? After what I thought would of been a problem turned out to be OK & we were soon on our way again but this time on US soil.

At some point on the drive all three of my female companions were all asleep or dozing & I was alone to my own thoughts.

Another stop for more gas at a dodgey gas station where I had to go in & pay for the gas. Mrs C needs to check the credit card as I did not get good vibes from the attendant.

As we got closer to Chicago we got the rush hour traffic & to add to the fun we had some rain too. Then we were back at Julie’s. While the titled unpacked and started on the laundry Elle headed off to see Shiloh the horse & I went I search of a pizza store. A couple of Stella Artois for me & Fanta for Julie & we were all ready for bed. Elle 1st followed shortly after by Julie then myself while Mrs C finished watching the Good Dr on TV. I’m sure as soon as my head but the pillow I was out.

Chicago 2018 – Day Nine

We woke early enough as the daylight crept through the curtains to the most wonderful view of the waterfalls of Niagara

Once showered & dressed which was easier than 1st expected we headed out for breakfast, coffee & bagels with cream cheese.

We woke moved the car from the hotel parking to the casino parking lot opposite the hotel to save on the $60/night parking charge. The casino has a strange parking set up that you pay on exit no matter how many days you park for you only pay the exit charge for that day today would be $20 while Monday would be only $5.

Off down to the falls & closer up they are impressive. We booked a trip on the Hornblower ferry boat that would take us right up to the falls. queing was not too long & boarding soon took place with us all smartly dressed with our plastic red poncho’s & off we went. What a great experience it was being at the foot of the falls.

We then walked along the river towards the Horseshoe falls & had lunch and a beer and another glass of Chardonay for Julie.

More walking & we headed off towards the main striped in Niagara which sadly made Blackpool in the UK look smart. Very tacky indeed & a shame it’s allowed to be built up that way 🙁

Back at the hotel Mrs C nearly got electrocuted by a faulty switch on a bed side lamp that started to smoke. A quick call to housekeeping  & it was all fixed.

Elle is dozing while Julie, Mrs C & I are watching the light face over the falls, still impressive.

As we have exhausted Niagara & agree that two days is too much we are heading off to Toronto about 60 miles away to see what is there.

Chicago 2016 – Day Three (Shopping, shopping & more Shopping)

Today was a scheduled day of shopping, the things I have to do to make sure I can get into Chicago to have a day in the city.

But before we headed out we elected to have breakfast in the hotel $40 for 2 cups of coffee, 1 cup of tea (that never arrived) i glass of orange juice, 2 glasses of cranberry juice, 2 bowls of cereal, 1 round of toast & 1 bagel with scrambled egg! Maybe the last breakfast we have in the hotel.

We collected Aunty Jilla from Julie & Joe’s at 10:30 as agreed & headed off in the direction of Aurora & Chicago Premier Outlet (http://m.premiumoutlets.com/default.aspx?id=878)

I elected to avoid the interstate highway & travelled dow the road adjacent road, this meant we travelled past some interesting buildings & houses. The space between the homes is fantastic, where we squeeze houses in the American’s have plenty of space & green areas. I’d love to live out here but sadly I think I’m too old now to start a fresh life over here, so i’ll settle for visiting.

Finally arrived at the shopping mall & the only way to describe it’s layout is to say it looks very similar to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet at Ellesmere Port (http://www.mcarthurglen.com/uk/cheshire-oaks-designer-outlet/en/). We parked up in an empty car park & headed off with Aunty Jilla in search of bargains.

Guess up spent first? No not Michele or Aunty Jilla but me, YES me. I was first to go shopping with the purchase of a new casual jacket to be worn with my jeans. That then opened the flood gates for Michele to put the credit card to the test with her best shopping skills.

There was jumpers, tee shirts, shirts, hoodies, shoes, safari set (for Harry), mores shoes, a wallet, even more shoes, a new carry on case as the worry was the suitcases may not be big enough for all the items we need to take home!! The credit card stuttered in Ralph Laurent, but after a quick coffee break in Starbucks it recovered to start shopping again.

Four and a half hours later I estimated that Michele had spent about $1000 on her shopping spree & the question was, is she a happy lady? Yes i think she was. Did we fall out, No. Did i get bored No. Did we enjoy Aunty Jilla’s company? oh Yes, we had a blast.

After dropping AUnty Jilla off at Julie & Joe’s we spotted Elle briefly & stopped for a coffee before catching up with Julie & then Joe when they both returned home from work.

They had had the house inspection undertaken today & albeit that there seemed to be a couple of issues with the house was there enough to stop the sale going through? Hopefully not. We decided to leave them all to it & headed off for tea.

We ate at Houlihan’s at Wheaton (http://www.houlihans.com/my-houlihans/wheaton), we ate here 2 yaers ago with Joshua & this was the only place not to have over-faced us, BUT not this time.

We started off with the stuffed mushrooms to share & had 7 of them delivered, wow they were delicious…………….but they were huge. We could really have only done with 3 not 7! We followed this with 3 sliders for Michele & a burger for me.

Guess what neither of us finished our meals! #overfaced

We are now sat in our room watching Gotham & sipping a bottle of Goose Island IPA (http://www.gooseisland.com/showBeer.html?name=goose-ipa) a very nice beer but not as nice as the Duke I had last night at Granite City (http://www.gcfb.com/craft-beers/always-on-tap/).

Now time for bed as Michele is already asleep after her marathon day of shopping!

Zzzzzzzzz…..