Part 3: Musings on Rio

While it is not cultivated nature, I’m going to talk about the Escadaria Selaron in Lapa. It is a steep staircase of 250 steps covered in brightly colored tiles. It’s truly astonishing. It is the work of the late Chilean artist Jorge Selaron who started it in 1990. Originally, he had no budget and found what […]

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Part 2: Wondrous Rio

Jardim Botanico is another wonderful place of cultivated nature in Rio de Janeiro. Located near Ipanema, it’s a huge botanical garden with an estimated 8000+ different species. It is a beautiful place to spend part of a day and kids can run around in it. Dom João VI, the eventual king to Brazilian and Portuguese […]

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Part 1: Wondrous Rio

Yesterday, I saw a commercial for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and I got very excited. I love World Cup Soccer; it’s my favorite sporting event. It’s the only time I’ll go out of my way to watch games. Last World Cup, I actually went to a local bar and watch the first […]

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Review: The Girls in the Band

Last night, I went to see The Girls in the Band, a documentary about female jazz musicians at the Gene Siskel Film Center. It was absolutely inspiring. It focused largely of the women in the golden age of jazz in the 1930s and 1940s but it talked about the present day. Until I read this […]

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Chicago Maritime Festival 2014

This Saturday, I attended the 12th annual Chicago Maritime Festival at the Chicago History Museum. It was my second time at the festival and I enjoyed it. It’s not quite as old and established as the University of Chicago Folk Festival, but that’s been around for 54 years. The festival is a combination of sea […]

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Part 2: Walking in London

London is one of my favorite cities to walk in. There is so many quirky and historical things to see that you’ll miss if you take cars or the Underground. I feel so invigorated when I make my mile walks. My love of London walks really started when I studied there. For a variety of […]

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Part 1: Walking

With this wonderfully warm weather, I’ve actually taken leisurely walks outside. I love walking around the city. There is so much to see! And there are so many things that you can’t see in any other way, whether it’s the hidden park, or decorative panel on a building. I love to push my walks, taking […]

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Part 4: “Travel” Books

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities. It has these wonderful rolling hills, the massive blues of the Bosporus strait, and an incredible amount of history. There are numerous sprawling palaces and intricate mosques all over the city. Moreover, as far as I know, it’s the only city to straddle two continents: Europe and […]

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Part 3: “Travel” Books

To continue with this discussion of travel books, I’m going to talk about a more traditional travel book: Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence. It’s a humorous autobiographical novel about a British ex-pat living in Southern France with his wife. Some may consider it to be a little unflattering to the French but I really […]

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That Belongs in the Museum Catalog

I don’t normally double post but I can’t help myself. I mentioned on February 6th about the wonderful new live literary event “That Belongs in the Museum.” People were invited to bring objects on stage and tell a story about it, lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. It was a beautiful storytelling event. […]

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