“When they begin the beguine, to live it again is past all endeavor”
The confusing lyrics of this 1935 Cole Porter piece describe quite nicely our amazing two weeks in the City of Chicago, where it didn’t begin for us, but which we somehow regard as our Beguinage, the center of our personal universe. The Beguine also takes me back to Amsterdam and our brief visit to the Begijnhof this past May. The Begijnhof is a courtyard surrounded by the homes of the Beguines, women who since the 12th century lived outside of male-controlled society in economic self-sufficiency, doing philanthropic work. The beguine in the song, however, refers to the Creole dance made famous by Porter, Fitzgerald et al. You see, we’re dancing through our travelling days, enjoying the rain, the sunshine and the moonlight!
One of the most enjoyable tourist activities in Chicago are the river cruises organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. I’ve taken these guided tours on the Chicago River a couple of times before and I’ll never get tired of it. This time, my husband and our visitors from Texas came along to enjoy this unique perspective of Chicago.
Quite unexpectedly I’ve got to say goodbye to you. I have to go for now, but I shall continue the Chicago Saga as soon as possible, promised!