Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Day with Claire...

We stared our day with a lovely brunch.  I cooked an array of dishes for Nancy and a duo of her Wisconsin friends including a lovely poached salmon, yogurt parfaits, deviled eggs and heirloom tomatoes.  Claire whipped up a delectable cake called Far Breton for dessert.  It had a delightful custard quality and we all adored her contribution to our Sunday brunch!
We left all the dirty dishes in the sink and headed into the city to make the most of a beautiful afternoon.  After taking Claire, an architecture student,  on tours of the Peter A. Beachy House and The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio earlier in the week-end, we know we had to round out our tours with a visit to Robie House on the  University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park.

The home is undergoing an extensive interior renovation, but it is truly spectacular.  I am embarrassed to admit this was my first visit to Robie House, but it was totally worth the wait; the property truly is a prairie style masterpiece.

We wandered through Rockefeller Chapel and Leif pointed out some of the highlights to Claire and it turned out that we'd unexpectedly walked into a bell ringing concert.  The Rockefeller Carillon's playing cabin is located at the top of the tower (235 step up a very narrow winding staircase) and the impressive instrument  controls 72 bells.  Installed in 1932, it is the largest musical instrument ever built! 

Carillonneur, Julia Littleton, plays Preludio No. 10.

Walking up an additional 3 dozen steps landed us at the very top of the tower and allowed all of us to take in the sweeping panoramic views.  We had no idea we would end up perched over the city, but it was such a treat to discover this  new view of Chicago with our newest French friend!

Our day ended with a fantastic dinner at A 10 and ice cream treats at Kilwin's!
Tres Bien.

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