Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

Finding Europe in My Own Backyard

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In my previous post, I shared with you several ways that you could have your very own European-themed staycation, no matter where you live.

While writing that post, I realized that there are still several experiences I wanted to add to my summer to-do list. And, it just so happens that these experiences take me to England, France, and the Mediterranean – at least in my dreams!

Here are just a few European-themed experiences I have planned for the rest of the summer:


  • Enjoying afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago – which I will be doing this Saturday!
  • Going to the Bristol Renaissance Faire – complete with knights, knaves, Queen Elizabeth I, and Robin Hood
  • Attending French Connection Days – a place to experience all things France, including macrons, Madeleine, and a miniature Eiffel Tower
  • Watching Midnight in Paris – a movie I’ve been wanting to see all summer
  • Strolling around a Farmer’s Market for fresh fruit, cheese, and flowers
  • Attending the Gipsy Kings Concert at Ravinia – a fantastic Spanish/French group – Gitana music at its best
  • Dining at the Purple Pig (done!) – a lovely little Mediterranean/tapas cafe on Michigan Ave. in Chicago
Join me throughout the month of August to see my adventures traveling around Europe, right in my own backyard.
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