A Citywalk Challenge

I challenge you to tap into your adventurous side to wander and explore cities around the world. It is a great way to experience the outdoors on urban landscapes, and get in some exercise.

Some years ago, I wandered Milan without a map. Unlike Venice and Rome where tourists are part of the regular scene, those in Milan spoke little English since the economic emphasis was corporate and not tourist. I used facial expressions and hand gestures to communicate. I connected with people even briefly. I looked up at the intimidating houses of couture which seemed to lean over me. I stopped to listen to musicians entertain people in the streets. And I eventually found my way back to my hotel, falling into my bad happy and exhausted by my adventures.

You don’t have to go to Europe to wander a city. There are great places right here in the United States. Here are few photos from a recent trip to Chicago:

I started in Lincoln Park, walked towards downtown using the skyscrapers as my guide, traced the shores of Lake Michigan, and finally made my way back tracing a path along the Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Walk.

Lots of sun and sites that could not have been fully appreciated inside a car.

So I challenge you to walk around, maybe even aimlessly without a map, in one of our great cities! Urban landscapes await.

Photos by Dianne Glave

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