I’m sure you’re thinking, NO! Not another day of Melk Abbey. I’m not even sure I can take another day of Europe!
Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s your lucky day! It’s amen to Melk Abbey; auf wiedersehen to Europe; and farewell to Flat Stanley.
Yeah, that one came out of left field, didn’t it? Here’s my pitch.
If you’re new to my blog, I'm impressed you found your way here; I did leave a lot of crumbs for you. Here’s a link to put you in the loop regarding Flat Stanley. Suffice it to say, he’s an awesome kid. He loves to read, doesn’t eat much and has the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. And regardless the circumstances, he always has a smile on his face!
I think Flat Stanley had a ball for the duration of his 10-day visit.
Flat Stanley couldn’t get enough of the “Bean,” viewing this huge glob of mercury from every angle.
I gotta give friend Diane (if she looks familiar, you have a good eye for faces; she's the same friend whose husband , Kernel Alan, opened his doors for my visit at the Popcorn Factory earlier this fall) all the credit for this part of Flat Stanley's learning curve. She has lived in the area all her life and is a font of wisdom when it comes to all things Chicago. I've only lived here 25 years (longer than I've lived anywhere in my life), and I LOVE CHICAGO!
TEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT CHICAGO (if you weren't born and raised here)
1. The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backwards.
2. The infamous “Route 66” actually started in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute.
3. At the time of its construction, the Harold Washington Library Center was the world’s largest public library. It houses a collection of more than 2 million books.
4. The Twinkie, the now bankrupt Hostess Company's golden sponge cake with a creme filling, was invented in Chicago in 1930.
5. The name Chicago is an Algonquin word meaning “onion field.” You can bet most vacant lots in Chicago have a tendency to sprout onions if left to their own devices.
6. Chicago’s CBS Studios were home to the first publicized presidential debate on September 26, 1960, when John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Richard Milhouse Nixon took to their podiums.
7. Chicago, not the Big Apple, is actually home to the first skyscraper. Chicago's 10 stories Home Insurance Company opened in 1885 and razed in 1931 to make way for the Field Building, now the LaSalle National Bank.
8. From the Sky Deck of the Willis Tower (a.k.a. the Sears Tower) you can see four states: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
9. Chicago’s downtown area is called “The Loop” because the elevated (‘L’) Train encircles the heart of the business district.
10. The Ferris Wheel debuted in Chicago in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition.
We'll miss you Flat Stanley!