My Here and There

29 Jun

Whether in Chicago or Cortona, Len and I try to walk everyday, or as we say in Italian, fare una passeggiata. During our walks, my senses take in beautiful sights, sounds (no ear buds for me), and the vast array of smells from fragrant flowers to pop-up food stands. The differences are striking, from the moment I step outside my door…

Via Santucci, Cortona ©Blogginginitaly.com

Via Santucci, Cortona ©Blogginginitaly.com

And not surprising, as Chicago is a relatively new city…1833

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Chicago ©Blogginginitaly.com

While Cortona is an ancient town… 7th century BC.

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Cortona©Blogginginitaly.com

And while the differences are striking in many ways, it occurred to me that there are some interesting similarities.

Both cities have incredible parks where we take  our walks,

Lincoln Park©Blogginginitaly.com

Lincoln Park, Chicago ©Blogginginitaly.com

Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

with beautiful fountains,

Lincoln Park©Blogginginitaly.com

Lincoln Park, Chicago ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

incredible monuments and memorials,

Lincoln Park©Blogginginitaly.com

Lincoln Park, Chicago ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

seating for the weary,

Lincoln Park©Blogginginitaly.com

Lincoln Park, Chicago ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

And cats to entertain.

Lincoln Park Zoo©Blogginginitaly.com

Lincoln Park Zoo ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Parterre ©Blogginginitaly.com

While Chicago borders beautiful Lake Michigan,

Lake Michigan ©Blogginginitaly.com

Lake Michigan ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona is just a short drive to Lago Trasimeno.

Lago Trasimeno©Blogginginitaly.com

Lago Trasimeno ©Blogginginitaly.com

And both provide relaxing settings for walking and biking.

Lincoln Park©Blogginginitaly.com

Lincoln Park Chicago ©Blogginginitaly.com

Lago Trasimeno©Blogginginitaly.com

Lago Trasimeno ©Blogginginitaly.com

Now if stopping for ice cream/gelato is your thing, no problem…

Lincoln Park©Blogginginitaly.com

Chicago ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona ©Blogginginitaly.com

or shopping at a local market.

Lincoln Park Market©Blogginginitaly.com

Lincoln Park Market ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona market ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Market ©Blogginginitaly.com

Need fast delivery? Both locales have you covered.

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©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona ©Blogginginitaly.com

Looking for entertainment? Races on foot or on wheels?

hicago Marathon©Blogginginitaly.com

Chicago Marathon ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Bike Race ©Blogginginitaly.com

Or annual traditions?

Chicago Air and Water Show©Blogginginitaly.com

Chicago Air and Water Show ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Archidado©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Archidado ©Blogginginitaly.com

Feeling like spectating or donning a costume?

Lake Michigan ©Blogginginitaly.com

Lake Michigan ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Archidado ©Blogginginitaly.com

Cortona Archidado ©Blogginginitaly.com

And finally, when we need four wheels, …well, got that covered too!

Big City Safety

Big City Safety

Small town parking©Blogginginitaly.com

Small town parking ©Blogginginitaly.com

Ok, ok, don’t ask about such things as tomatoes, wine, cheese, pasta – no contest – but a very good reason to keep returning for una passeggiata in the land of my ancestors.

Ciao,
Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Responses to “My Here and There”

  1. Connelly, Vincent J. June 29, 2016 at 10:15 AM #

    Very cute comparison.

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  2. Barbara Kaines June 29, 2016 at 10:20 AM #

    Loved the photos…makes my excited for our return. Hope you both are enjoying your summer in Chicago.
    Barbara

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  3. Royce Larsen June 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    Thank you very much
    I enjoyed the tour of both cities
    So much different, so much similar
    Have a good day and keep me posted

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  4. Hilary Martinez June 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    Great pics Judy!!
    Saludos to you and Len,
    Gustavo and Hilaryxoxo

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  5. Ted Walker June 29, 2016 at 11:33 AM #

    Via Santucci…I fondly refer to as THE BEAST!!! Love the pics, as usual.

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    • blogginginitaly June 29, 2016 at 4:10 PM #

      Len calls is Mt. Santucci – lots of agreement with both of your affectionate terms!

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  6. karenincalabria June 29, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

    Really nice comparison. I’ve only been to Chicago once and that was very briefly and in the winter. The parks look beautiful and so do the beans! Enjoy your summer!

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  7. Fr Chuck Faso OFM June 29, 2016 at 12:34 PM #

    Grazie for the photos and comparative commentary! Che bello! I will be in Rome to Assisi from September 26 to October 7. For two week before that I will be leading a group through Sicily. Che Benedizione!

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    • blogginginitaly June 29, 2016 at 4:08 PM #

      You are always on the run, and having too much fun. Good for you!

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  8. Chuck June 29, 2016 at 12:46 PM #

    Very, very, cool! Nicely done!

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  9. Patricia June 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM #

    Divertentissima! Che bei paragoni!
    Un abbraccio.

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  10. Patrick J Soricone June 29, 2016 at 1:13 PM #

    Nicely framed juxtapositions. I look forward to meeting you in person come spring 2018, when I relocate to Bologna. (btw, I am Anne Farenbach Kuehn’s friend)

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  11. Jean June 29, 2016 at 1:30 PM #

    City parking being what it is, sometimes you might think longingly of having the Italian car here. We also miss our Parterre daily walk. Another lovely photo essay. Thanks Judy.-

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    • blogginginitaly June 29, 2016 at 4:07 PM #

      Actually, my car fits nicely in my garage here, so parking is not such an issue, but there, yes!

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  12. stellalucentellc June 30, 2016 at 4:44 AM #

    Loved your pictures of Lincoln Park and of Cortona. I used to take my children to Lincoln Park to see the animals in the zoo and just relax. Next tome, Cortona!

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  13. Bobbie Morgan July 3, 2016 at 11:47 AM #

    We enjoyed this one…makes us even more anxious to get back in September!! Uniquely clever way of comparisons 🍷

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