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Old July 17th, 2010, 11:23 AM   #21
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Was about to say the same thing HotRod

Just when i thought we had some good weather this happened

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so took refuge for an hour

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After it finnished we decided to go for a long walk along the lake

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Old July 19th, 2010, 07:25 AM   #22
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Great pics sir! I'd also have to agree that Chicago is by far my favourtie US city of the one's i've visited (and that includes NYC), allthough I am a little biased as my other half originates from there. It does have a touch more intamacy about it, and very much has a unique identity of its own. However I wouldn't call it a "smaller" city. Smaller than NYC perhaps, however the loop is still fairly large and the metro population (Chicagoland) is enourmous! Chicago is in fact a very large city, the 3rd largest in the US.
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Old July 19th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #23
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What church was that? It looks very English... was it Episcopalian?
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Old July 19th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #24
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spiller9, i didnt mean it was a small city, just that its not so large as to be impersonal and the resident/visitor to become detached from it. It definately left a great impression on me with a great street scene, cutting edge architecture and landscaping (ie millennium gardens) mixed up with a good dose of origional history.

Not sure what church it was tallerbetter, its the one exactly oposite the john Hancock building. Speaking of which.....

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Lovely audio tour by Michael Schwimer (aka Ross from friends), he was a bit smug and probably not the best spokes person

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When up the tower a storm blew in which made us think the sun had set, was unerving to stand with your face to the glass and feel the tower sway. Was beautiful when the sun came through though!

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Best place in Chicago is along the river!

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Old July 20th, 2010, 05:09 AM   #25
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What church was that? It looks very English... was it Episcopalian?
That is the Fourth Presbyterian Church. As seen from the outside below.

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As far as the pictures and comments, Cardiff, more please

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 01:34 PM   #26
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Thanks bnk

last set before Niagra

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We hired bikes and went for a 4 hour bike ride to the site of the World Exhibition site, unfortunately my partner had only bought factor 15 sunscreen so we got really burnt!

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I had had dinner in the trump tower, i wouldnt recomend it as it was overly fussy and not that good a meal, much better places to eat just outside the center. Mind you it was great watching the weekly fireworks from my dinner table

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Now this was great, but yet another example of 'Chicago style', this time pic nicks. A simple blanket and some sandwhiches wont do, instead you had roll out tables (a great idea), table cloth, vase and flowers, 20 different types fo food and chairs and wine etc etc.

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A prime example

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Just a wonderfull civic space!!!!!!

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Catching the train

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Old July 22nd, 2010, 10:09 PM   #27
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It actually sits on a lake.....
No really??? ..... I was commening on the fact that the river disects the city directly in half and it features a very nice spectacle. No shit it sits on a lake..

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My god Chicago's building boom happened just at the right time. Art deco heaven.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 10:31 PM   #28
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That 6th last shot is drool-worthy.....
What a gorgeous tour of Chicago that you have given us!!






Just a note, it is "Niagara", not "Niagra". Not spelled like the little blue pill!
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 04:30 AM   #29
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Chicago sure has some great architecture, to say the least.
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 11:25 AM   #30
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Amazing, very nice photos from Chicago once again cardiff
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Old July 26th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #31
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Thank you, moving on though (but i will come back to Chicago)

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So toilet is under red seat, beds fold up into seat, very cramped though once you were in it was fine.

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Glamour of Buffalo train station, we had a few hours to kill between connecting trains and with an alternative of a shopping mall or an unflattering description of Buffalo we took a taxi over the border for aboutt he same as the train cost.

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American hotels have weird tastes in decoration (probably constrained by the average age of the tourist population).

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The falls

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Buffalo in the distance

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At night it shows how urban the area is

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Old July 27th, 2010, 11:30 AM   #32
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The area around Niagara falls is really awesome, great
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Old July 28th, 2010, 03:27 PM   #33
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Your hotel room was in Canada...
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Old July 28th, 2010, 08:32 PM   #34
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Your hotel room was in Canada...
most if not all of the average american hotels look just like that anyway.

awesome pics cardiff! can't wait for Toronto pic.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 02:18 AM   #35
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I meant America, i would reffer to USA and Canada individually as both countries have broadly similar tastes.

Heres Toronto, view from my room

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View from hotel hall way

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Guess from where?

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I did ask if the observation deck of the tallest in Shanghai was taller but they 'didnt know'

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Slightly disconcerting as most glass floors are purposfully designed, not just cut through an existing floor. The most unpopular person ive ever seen was the teen who thought it would be fun to run and jump onto the glass floor with others on it!

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Old July 29th, 2010, 04:38 AM   #36
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that glass floor is much more imposing than the willis tower skydeck in chicago (at least from my experiences anyway, although I havent been to Tornoto :p). perhaps because its more enclosed, it focuses the eye directly down.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #37
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The whole skydeck level is actually glass floor, it's just that most of it is covered by carpet.
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And those photos of Toronto are indeed great, very nice
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Old July 31st, 2010, 01:24 AM   #39
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Thank you

Toronto felt very odd in that it was a city of distinct areas with very little blending between them. It had a weird british feel in places and yet a very similar feel to USA cities as well (whereas i was expecting an Australian feel). I was impressed with the skyscraper area of the city as i was not expecting such high quality older skyscrapers

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The main square was quite dire but i understand its undergoing a transformation soon

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Despite the look of the main square i still loved the city hall

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although the older city hall is much nicer

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There is very little that makes me go wow, but walking into this space and not expecting it was breathtaking. Saying this though, the lack of a central shopping street made me feel as if Toronto was missing a comercial heart

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Old July 31st, 2010, 01:59 AM   #40
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wow....amazing shots.
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