Route 66… the beginning…

DAY ONE: We left Chicago in the morning, and had to drive to the starting point for the original Route 66… but we did it! We started at the actual beginning… driving through the city in the early morning calm before losing our way in the suburbs, then finding it again a few turns later…

The first thing we realized once we were on the road was that the road is something of a puzzle… Even with the directions and the maps and the signs, we still can easily miss a turn or misinterpret a direction and suddenly find ourselves off the Route… and yet, even those unintended detours led to some incredible discoveries…

The road is a collection of imagery… of sensations… of ideas… all threaded together by this ribbon of asphalt… taking us from one to the next. I have decided it is like a “treasure hunt” where we have maps and directions that give us clues, but it is up to us to find the road and keep our eyes open for the delights it has to offer along the way…

Day One took us from Chicago all the way to St. Louis (though we did have to get on the interstate a bit to make up time), and we spent the night camped at Meramec State Park in Missouri… satisfied with our day’s drive and happy to be on our journey!

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Tourisme

On a pris un car cet après-midi … un vieux car, certainement un vrai vieux car des années 40. Les suspensions étaient bien usées et d’ailleurs il avançait lentement car, à la moindre irrégularité de la route il donnait l’impression qu’il allait se casser en deux ! Les deux chauffeurs et guides se relayaient pour nous parler de la mafia et de la prohibition.

J’ai appris par exemple qu’il n’y avait pas qu’une mafia mais plusieurs et elles se partageaient les quartiers de la ville. On nous a balladés dans la ville en nous racontant les histoires de chacun … et les guides étaient franchement sympathiques et intelligents et pas très politically correct !

C’était une bonne idée car, en deux jours il était de toutes façons impossible de tout voir dans une ville. Mais comme ça on a une idées des différents quartiers. Chicago a aussi son China Town. Beaucoup de rues portent le même nom qu’à NY … j’y ai même vue Canal Street !

… et puis c’est le jour de la finale de la Coupe du Monde de foot et ici ça passe franchement assez inaperçu. Des touristes ou des Latinos regardaient mais sans plus…

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Chicago and Tommy Gun’s…

We spent a great evening at a place called Tommy Gun’s Garage. A real step back into the 1920s booze-running gun-toting Chicago gangster days…

The venue was actually next to (or on the spot of) one of Al Capone’s hangouts on the Southside of Chicago, and we headed down there by subway, and had a short stroll through the neighborhood before going in. At the door was a guy dressed in 1920s style clothing complete with fedora and thompson machine gun… he let us into the “speakeasy” and we took our seats in a fabulously decorated replica of a 20s-era speakeasy.

Soon enough one of the girls, dressed as a flapper came to take our order…

What we didn’t know yet, was that the entire staff would be the performers for the show, and they stayed completely in character throughout the evening, making the ambiance loads of fun!!! “Deuce” took Silly Squirrel over to the corner and gave him a bullet!!!! (actually a real shell casing, from the blanks they fire out of those thompson machine guns during the show)…

After dinner the show itself began and was an excellent revue… song and dance and comedy… interrupted by a “raid” which required quite a bit of audience participation…

We had a blast!!! (pun intended) … and left in high spirits (bad pun intended again)!!!

All in all, an excellent meal and a fabulous show! I would highly recommend this to anyone passing thru Chi-town with an evening to spare!!!!

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Deja Chicago

… plus de 2000 km déjà, et quand je vois où Chicago se trouve sur la carte … je me dis que c’est vraiment immense les USA!

On vient juste d’arriver et la première impression c’est qu’il y a vraiment quelque chose de commun avec le NY  que j’ai connu. Ou plutôt le NY comme je l’imagine avant : le métro aérien par exemple. Et puis on voit d’imposantes usines très près du centre ville … elles n’ont pas l’air d’être en état de marche … et que de feraille rouillée aussi!

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