Gameshow legend Jim Bowen would famously draw back the curtain and tell contestants… ‘let’s look at what you could have won.’
It’s how I feel about Chicago.
Two years ago I was invited to the Windy City but had to respectfully turn it down…
Because my Dear Old Mum decided to turn 90 then!
A dose of the Blues
The pictures of one colleague up on the stage singing the Blues, the group drinking Chicago craft beer and pizza and watching baseball at Wrigley Field didn’t help.
So what do you do when Plan A is taken off the table.
Move onto Plan B.
Which was to go this year, particularly as it’s the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act, the start of Prohibition.
Until COVID-19 intervened.
Back with a bang
So, onto Plan C and thanks to our friends American Holidays I can see a door squeezing open again.
AH, who think of everything know too that having missed our St Patrick’s Day celebrations, may want an even bigger hooley next year.
And there are few better places than Chicago where they literally turn the river green.
It’s all part of a pitch by AH to remind us that America WILL reopen and when it does he will be first in the queue.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the family in Chicago with American Holidays from €659pp.
Of course it doesn’t help when you get constant reminders of Chicago wherever you go.
Such as last year in Santa Monica https://www.santamonica.com/visit-santa-monica/ when I visited the landmark signpost marking the end of Route 66.
All great https://www.google.ie/amp/s/jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/03/19/my-weekend-with-marilyn-2/amp/ but of course Route 66 starts off from Chicago so I’m still waiting to get my kicks there.
I got plenty though in Santa Monica and Venice Beach https://www.visitveniceca.com.
The West Coast
And the Golden Gate obviously
You may too have been looking forward to seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, explore Fisherman’s Wharf or ride the cable car up the hilly city.
Space age… in Seattle
I’ve been bingeing on Seattle’s favourite son Frasier in lockdown. Heck, I do even in normal times.
And Seattle will be on your American Holidays bespoke trip.
Seattle is unfinished business, particularly getting up that Space Needle which I see on the skyline at the start of every show.
The west coast adventure next Spring is from €1699pp.
And back in Boston
Where we first met the great psychiatrist.
And where I spent a much-storied summer working in Faneuil Hall.
While me flatmate Neily sold Cheers merchandise from a cart on the Common.
I worked 30 days flat without taking a break as others went on day breaks to Cape Cod, another destination that got away.
Boston http://www.boston.gov/visiting-boston has been dangled tantalisingly in front of my years this year too.
With a walk along Fenway Park’s Green Wall, a highlight of the itinerary which had been planned for me.
But I will be back and when I do I’ll be full of beans.
Boston and Cape Cod with American Holidays from €1450pp. See http://www.americanholidays.com