Friday, November 27, 2015

Exploring Cleveland - America's Comeback City

I can't believe it's already been a week since my sister, WikidKriket, and I explored Cleveland.  It is our annual birthday adventure, and we had a hoot!

Although this trip was not primarily a geocaching adventure, there are some fabulous geocaches in the vicinity.

Check out last year's adventures exploring the Cleveland

In the area and caching with a Muggle? There's more to Cleveland than meets the eye! I must admit I have a new-found respect for "America's Comeback City".

Paines Creek Waterfalls. After a 3 hour drive in a rented clown car, this Detroit duo started our day in Painesville, OH, to check our the Paines Creek Waterfall. We were surprised last year by the number of stunning waterfalls in the area - not something you'd associate with a large urban city. I'm determined to visit the Brandywine Falls next year!

Falls at Paine's Hollow GCG98P

scrapcat and WikidKriket

Lake View Cemetery. Of course, nothing shouts "Happy Birthday, Sister!" like a trip to a cemetery! Lake View Cemetery is absolutely stunning. Known as "Cleveland's Outdoor Museum", it is an amazing collection of Golden Age funerary art and architecture. Although it was a few weeks past the prime Fall colors, we had a breathtaking day framed with blue skies and golden leaves.

Our only disappointment on the trip. The President's mausoleum had closed the day before for the season.

President James A. Garfield Mausoleum
After reading about it on Roadside America, we had to snap a picture of this one. How many mausoleums have you seen with a "Welcome" mat?

No trip is complete without a stop to Haserot's Angel. But this year, with Kriket's for the find, we avenged our DNF!

Angle's Right Wing Friends GC2JAMA

With the clock ticking, we almost gave up hope on finding the Evans' Memorial.  Tucked away in an offshoot art nouveau section of the cemetery, we were led to the spot by two elderly wood sprites disguised as an elderly couple walking their dog.

Little Italy. One of my coworkers, a local, said you cannot visit Cleveland without a trip to Little Italy. Located just outside of Lake View Cemetery, we could smell the amazing food piped from Mama Santa's the moment we rounded the corner.  Such amazing food in a quaint, spirited neighborhood.

Garlic bread, Antipasto Salad, Manicotti and Canelloni
We were warned not to leave the area without stopping across the street at Corbo's Bakery for freshly-filled cannolis.  Of course, we could not stop at one!

Corbo's Bakery - Little Italy

Tremont Neighborhood. To work off the amazing food, we cruised over to Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood for a walk along 11th Street.  What is that? Looks familiar? Did you know the house from the movie A Christmas Story is here?

Electric sex gleaming in the window

Cleveland Museum of Art. As night has rolled in and the temperatures are dropping (first snow of the season tomorrow), Kriket and I headed towards the Cleveland Museum of Art. We had a delightful detour through downtown Cleveland past the Hope Memorial Bridge and around the Terminal Tower (already decked out for the holidays).

The Museum is located in Cleveland's University Circle Cultural District.  Nearby interests include the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland's Museum of Natural History, Cleveland's Institute of Music, Severance Hall and the Glidden House. 

Gallery One - a great place to start!
One very fascinating aspect of this free museum are the technological toys.  We had a lot of fun playing with the interactive screens.

Who do we look like? Did they nail it?

Thousands of swirling images. Click one to enlarge.

Pan out for some mischief

My favorite little fellah! He looks up to no good!

The Armory. Reminds you of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, right?
There was a slight breeze that made the flags flutter.

Our first attempt at #museumofselfies

Connecting the old and the new. Glassed enclosure connecting the new
wing with the 1916 structure. 

We're definitely intending another trip in the Spring to see the Pharaoh exhibit! Another excuse to revisit Little Italy and maybe locate Eliot Ness's grave in Lake View. Add some time for the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame plus the aquarium and the zoo..... Who knew Cleveland had so much to offer?

*P.S. Right now I'm hating Blogspot.  Why is all the text stuck in "center" position? That's not how I formatted it. AARGH!!!! And fixing it won't stick! Cleveland rocks but Blogspot doesn't!

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