Hello there. I am back after a very eventful week. This is the first of a two part posting. That man can’t type very quickly so it gets tedious for us mere mortals telling him to go quicker. Hence we are splitting our adventure into two parts for administrative ease.
Our journey started with a very undignified beauty parade to select my travel companion to come along to Cliffiefest 2018. It was like “Britain’s Got Talent” but without Simon Cowell “encouraging” the freak show wannabes-sorry contestants. As you may recall we had an endless round of auditions for the role of travelling companion and quite frankly it got a bit tedious. However I stuck with it and eventually Kiv the Koala was chosen and he prepared for the journey. We were stuffed into a bag in that charming way that man has and we were off.
Ready to go
As you can see things were a bit cramped but we had high hopes. During the journey Kiv and I chatted away and we had a very pleasant journey. We eventually arrived and strolled along to the First wing at terminal 5 ready for our flight. Kiv got a bit over excited and demanded that he had his picture taken. This should have warned me that perhaps he wasn’t quite the laid back Koala that I had first selected as my companion. Anyway here is the picture.
We arrive at Heathrow
We processed through the terminal and passed through security with ease. We soon arrived at the Concorde Room and we thought that you might like to see the lovely flower arrangement.
The Concorde Room
Well we strolled through the lounge and settled down.
Our intrepid travellers
A menu appeared and we sat to make our choice.
What shall we have?
Well I thought that Kiv was a peaceful vegetarian who was teetotal. Wrong on all counts. Our lunch turned up and we were quite impressed.
It took about 30 seconds for Kiv to consume all of this. He then sat back and asked me what I was having. Blooming cheek!
Kiv is very full indeed
This was the point when Kiv and I had a little “chat” about standards of behaviour and the excessive consumption of red meat and alcohol. Well it turned out that I should have been talking to that man rather than Kiv but we didn’t know that at this point. Anyway we arrived at the plane and after a little delay we finally found our seat and got comfortably settled.
We have finally made it!
At this point that man turned into a monster when he said the magic words “oh I will have a glass of the Californian red please”. Well he drank the whole bottle in a very short time and ate a massive meal. After that he settled down and waited for afternoon tea to arrive which it did in due course. Kiv also calmed down after all of that Champagne and I could relax.
We finally arrived at Chicago airport and we were very impressed with the arrivals process. We were though customs and out the airport in double quick time and a hot and sticky evening awaited us. We hopped into a cab and soon arrived at the Intercontinental Hotel on the magnificent mile. It was early to bed in our suite and a well deserved rest.
In the morning we had a chance to explore and prepare to meet Aunty Michelle and Aunty Jen. We strolled down to the Chicago Art Institute and they were there waiting for us and gave us a very warm welcome. It was lovely to spend some time in such a cultured environment with such knowledgeable companions. The first part of Cliffiefest went well and we had a lovely day. The highlight for us was to see “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper. The day flew by and it was soon time for an afternoon nap. We reconvened at a traditional Chicago sports bar where the biggest Chicago pizza imaginable arrived. It was delicious and everyone had a lovely evening. I think that Cliffiefest could be declared a massive success and we had a lovely time. Thank you to my American Aunties for a wonderful experience. It was truly wonderful and we must start planning for Cliffiefest 2019 before too long.
The next day we set off for a stroll through downtown. We really liked Chicago as it is big city architecture at its best. The buildings are truly massive and some of them quite outstanding. Our favourite was actually next to the hotel and was the Chicago Tribune building. It had a tower that was built in the style of a French Gothic cathedral and was spectacular. Later on we met up with Uncle Don and Aunty Tara for brunch which seemed to mainly consist of Bloody Marys. Then on to the river for an Architectural Foundation river tour. This was great as most of the best buildings are built round the riverside and we had a good view. Unfortunately the US equivalents of the Red Arrows were in town and the poor guide had to compete with them roaring overhead for much of the tour. It did add a certain something to the experience though. Thank you to Uncle Don and Aunty Tara for organising such a great experience. Then it was off to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. A massive meal soon appeared which was followed by a massive piece of Cheesecake. This was unfinished business from the last trip to Florida where that man claimed to be “owed” a cheesecake and Uncle Tache certainly delivered in style! Mumm! Here is a picture of some typical Chicago architecture to give you an idea of what we saw.
The next day it was a shared shuttle to the airport. We shared a cab with a lovely couple who we had a very interesting conversation with. We arrived back at the airport quite early and headed for the American Airlines Flagship lounge. This was quite an experience and a lot of Champagne and red wine was consumed. The flight was delayed by an hour but the party didn’t seem to mind too much after the second glass. Our flight to Toronto was called and we set off for the second half of our adventure.
I would just like to say thank you to everyone for making our stay such a lovely and special one. Don’t forget to tune in for the second half of our report which includes a truly awesome experience and an aviation first for that man and Uncle Tache.