Antique Malls and Flea Markets near Chicago

The art of the hunt… I love a day of antiquing…or maybe more correctly, the term would be vintage shopping. I don’t often buy things that have reached the 100-yr mark (that deem them a true antique)- with the exception … Continued

Visiting Stratford Ontario for the Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare and the other Stratford… Last week we drove up to Stratford in Ontario, Canada to enjoy their Shakespeare Festival. Although I have been to Canada a number of times, it’s always been at the other end of the country … Continued

An Outlander High Tea

The ‘Outlander’ series, by Diana Gabaldon, is set in several different time periods. They begin in the 1940s, and time-travel to the 18th century. After which, the books go back to the 40s through to the 60s, while weaving back … Continued

Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel Palm Court

It’s a Thursday afternoon, just past mid-week, and I’m back from Afternoon Tea at The Drake Hotel, one of Chicago’s historic establishments. I have to tell you, it feels rather decadent. Well, Afternoon Tea usually does, but even more so … Continued