10 Instagrammable Places in Galena, Illinois!

It took a while for me to get into the swing of Instagram, despite being a lover of photography.  But now, I LOVE the filters, especially the ones that really make the colours stand out!  My Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has a vivid colour mode (which I constantly shoot in) but I love the way Instagram can push the colours that little bit further!  Today I share 10 Instagrammable places in the town of Galena, Illinois!

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Route 66 16 Day Road Trip Itinerary

Ever dreamed of hitting the open road and doing an all American road trip?  How about a trip down historic Route 66?!  Stretching 2448 miles across America, starting in Chicago, Illinois and finishing up in LA, California, taking in a total of 8 States.  This is my tried and tested 16 day Route 66 Road Trip Itinerary with side trips to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (so essentially stepping foot in 9 States!).  I include: the daily miles covered, travel time (with stops), must see roadside attractions, where to stay and where to eat!

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8 Cool Things to do at the Chicago Auto Show (2017)

The Chicago Auto Show is currently on at the McCormick Place in Chicago, it’s the largest auto show in the nation!  The website says that the average visitor spends around 4 hours at the show, however I spent 7 and walked nearly 5 miles around it!  Along with being able to get up close and personal with almost every single car on display, there are so many other cool things to do!  Check out some of my favourite parts of the day!

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Timmerman’s: Sunday Brunch on top of the Bluff

So there’s this Supper Club in East Dubuque, Illinois by the name of Timmerman’s.  It sits high up on top of a bluff that partly overlooks the Mississippi River.  From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but once inside, the restaurant is surrounded with windows and you’re greeted with a pretty awesome view!

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Photo Essay: Midwest Mississippi River Views

The Mississippi River is over 2000 miles long and stretches across 10 US States.  It’s packed full of history and is an area I would love to learn more about.  This photo essay will include various views of the River from 3 different Midwest States: Iowa, Illinois and Missouri!

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Everything is Bigger in America…Including Footgolf!

Last week it was my 1st wedding anniversary, the visa process cooperated and we were actually able to spend it together!  We wanted to do something a little different to celebrate it so went for a round of Footgolf at Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, Illinois!

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6 Food Stops on Route 66!

When doing a road trip like Route 66, you pass through hundreds of little towns, all with places to stop and eat, it’s impossible to stop at every single one without either bankrupting yourself or returning home double the weight of what you were when you started!  To save money, for some meals we stopped at gas stations and supermarkets such as Walmart and ate the complimentary breakfasts at the hotels, this way we only had to pay for a full meal once a day.  Here are 6 of my favourite food stops along Route 66!

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Route 66: 8 States, 8 Roadside Attraction

Route 66.  Dating back to 1926.  The classic American road trip, spanning 2448miles across 8 States from Illinois, all the way to California on the West Coast.  There is SO much to see and do.  I spent just under 3 weeks (with a side trip to Vegas) on the road, averaging roughly around 300 miles day, but we did have to by pass some attractions.  It’s impossible to stop at every museum and gift shop after all!  Most of the Route passes through little forgotten towns, these are often where you’ll find the friendliest of people that are so happy to talk about their life on Route 66.  Here’s a list of some of my must see roadside attractions on Route 66, that I believe are well worth a stop.

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