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Despite some bumps in the road, we didn’t give up the ship and really enjoyed our

strawberry island

The lighthouse on Strawberry Island in Lake Huron is an iconic Great Lakes image. Photo by Terri Colby

Great Lakes cruise with Haimark Travel. Take a look at my story and photos in the Chicago Tribune.

The story starts out like this:

Sizzling filets and red wine. An outdoor table above the ship’s fantail. A hot sun tempers the cool breezes of early evening and turns the ship’s wake into a molten silver stream touching the pink-and-red sunset. Dark waters ripple as far as the eye can see.

The Caribbean? The Mediterranean? Not exactly.

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Everyone should visit Niagara Falls at least once in their lifetime. Haimark’s Great Lakes cruise makes a stop on the Canadian side of the falls. Photo by Terri Colby

We were on Lake Erie, believe it or not, midway through Haimark Travel’s luxury Great Lakes cruise aboard the Saint Laurent.

The 210-passenger, small-ship cruiser offers summer trips with boarding and disembarkation points in Chicago, Toronto and Montreal.

Read the full story online at ChicagoTribune.com.

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The Terrace at Trump

The 16th floor terrace at Chicago's Trump Tower is a bit pricey, but the views alone are worth the cost. Photo by Terri Colby

The terrace on the 16th floor of Trump Tower in Chicago is pricey, but the view is worth a million dollars, so the prices didn’t really seem too high.

After visiting on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in late September, one of the last days for sandals and al fresco drinks, the $30 hole in my pocket for two specialty drinks didn’t seem quite so bad. What stayed with me was the view, facing east along the Chicago River, nearby skyscapers up close and personal, the city at our feet. Fabulous.

I had the Snapdragon to drink, a mixture of vodka, mashed strawberries and various other ingredients. It was refreshing, kind of like a flavored martini but not quite so sweet. In fact, I liked it enough to get another. But perhaps it was just the setting that encouraged my order.

Especially with summer about to move to the rear-view mirror, a fruity drink on a sunny if somewhat windy rooftop with views of the river, Lake Michigan and Chicago skyscrapers seemed worth the price.


It’s a great place for locals and tourists to really kick back and enjoy the city.

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