Friday, March 11, 2011

Flashback Friday: Chi-Rish St. Patty's Day

It's the Second Friday in March and only 2 1/2 weeks until April! Can you believe it?! I am super excited because next week I will be travelling to Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in all of it's full glory. It has been over three years since I first visited Ireland, and since I have never been to Dublin it should be a fun trip! In honour of the St. Patrick's Day holiday I have decided to flashback to one of the best spur of the moment trips that I took back with my friend Michelle in 2009. Michelle, or ''Ortie'' as I call her, travels a lot for her job and was visiting Chicago during St. Patrick's day. When she asked if I was interested in flying up to meet her for the weekend, I jumped at the opportunity. I have family that lives in Chicago, but I was too young to remember my last visit so I was excited to get to see Chicago all grown up. 

Ortie was already up in Chicago on business, so she met me at the airport and then the two of us unleashed on the city. Our first stop: Gino's East. Unless you have been living under a rock, then you are fully aware of one of Chicago's best food item's, the deep dish pizza.  You have to wait 45 minutes for this baby to cook in the oven, but believe me it is worth it! Looking at the pictures makes me crave for some deep dish. Too bad they don't have that in Scotland.

Saturday was Saint Patrick's Day and Ortie and I dressed to impress! Don't you just love our matching jackets we got in Ireland! You better believe I will be sporting that jacket next week in Dublin, even if I do stand out as a tourist. 

We rode down town on the Chicago 'L' to check out the parade and the dying of the river green...

Ortie and I were on the hunt for Leprechaun's.  

The Chicago River  

 Side note- if you are ever in Ireland make a stop at the Jamison Distillery. My friends and I really enjoyed the tour.

Green Brewski's

The city was packed with people sporting green items. I really love Chicago and the people are so friendly and welcoming. 

We decided to have a relaxing Sunday checking out some of the popular sites in Chicago.  We ventured up to the John Hancock Center. Check out the views from the 100th floor. 

 The city has many impressive architectural buildings. 

Wrigley Field- home of the Chicago Cubs

 Ortie and I playing around at Millennium Park 

 Views from the Navy Pier

Chicago is an amazing city and Ortie and I are always reminiscent about events from that trip. Not only am I super excited to celebrate St. Patty's day on Thursday, but Ortie is coming to Scotland next month!  

What better way to end this post than with a traditional Irish Blessing. If you are brave enough to take the road less travelled, 

''May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.''

Until Next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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