Sunday, October 23, 2016

Art in Nature Nocturne at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington, IL

Creating art in plein air during the fall at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington, IL.

This weekend certainly was as picture perfect as they can be in late October -- great temperatures and plenty of sun! Late Saturday afternoon we capitalized on the weather and visited Crabtree Nature Center for the Art in Nature Nocturne Event.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Amazing Arlington Heights, IL Halloween Display

Elaborate Halloween display on Drury Lane in Arlington Heights, IL

In Arlington Heights, we are lucky to have a pretty elaborate and cool Halloween display on the 600 block of North Drury Lane. If you visit, you will truly appreciate the ability to walk through the display and admire all of the spooky surprises! Light and motion really enhance the experience.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Touring Game of Thrones Sites in Iceland

Gjáin Gorge in Iceland features remarkable rock formations, waterfalls and rapids.

While in Iceland, we experienced Grayline's Game of Thrones tour and explored some of the truly magical places that provide epic settings for the popular show. Striking landscapes are a crucial element of the show, so Iceland easily provides some fantastic shooting locations. However if you are not a fan of the show, you will still appreciate the stunning natural settings.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {A Spooktacular Halloween Weekend and more!}

Jack O'Lantern trails at Chicago Botanic Garden image courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden

Ghost and goblins are starting to come out in full force! Here are my favorite events this weekend -- great ways to enjoy fall and Halloween:


Monday, October 17, 2016

Indulging Our Passion for Travel Along Iceland's South Coast

Stunning! We spent a day wandering along Iceland's South Coast from Reykjavik to Vik and reveled in the dramatic natural splendor of Iceland. An adventure through the South Coast truly puts in perspective the forces at work within the Earth providing an amazing experience for families.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Learning About Perspective at the Culture House Museum in Reykjavik

The Culture House Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland was built in 1906 and houses a wide variety of cultural items.

The first exhibit at The Culture House Museum encouraged us to look out a triangular window viewing buildings, a slice of the harbor and mountains in the distance. Through this exhibit, we were charged with considering perspective. From where we were standing, we could view some buildings from above, the mountains rising over the buildings and the bay peeking out from behind the buildings. Thus, we learned about the area based on the perspective we had from the odd shaped window on the top floor of the museum.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Settlement Exhibition in Reykjavik Shines a Light on Archaeology and Viking Life

Reykjavik's Settlement Exhibition unearths the ruins of Iceland's earliest Viking settlers in an engaging exhibit.

Reykjavik, Iceland is one of my favorite cities in the world and home to one of my favorite attractions -- The Settlement Exhibition. We first visited the museum during our first Iceland adventure in 2012. The museum housing the remains of a Viking longhouse adeptly uses multimedia to introduce visitors to methods for interpreting archaeological finds. Our first experience left such an impression on us that our family jumped at the chance to return last week.