Monday, January 9, 2017

Cincy: Not Knowing What to Expect

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Not too long ago, one of my best friends and I set off on a road trip to Chicago. With that city being more than 11 hours away we decided to stop somewhere on the way there to break up the trip.  Looking at a map we weren't too excited about our options, but a couple friends recommended Cincinnat,i so for the first leg of the trip we headed to Ohio. We're glad we did, because the city really blew us away.

Cincinnati sits on the border between Ohio and Kentucky, with the Ohio River in between. From downtown you can walk across the Roebling Suspension Bridge to Covington, Kentucky to get views of both cities and step foot in another state.

The bridge itself is beautiful and offers so many photo-ops of the Cincinnati skyline. On one side the Cincinnati Reds' stadium is visible. Green space lines the river area so you can stroll along the water, navigate a maze, relax in a swing or entertain yourself on the fitness obstacles. On the Kentucky side they've lined the park with murals depicting scenes from history.

Another gem of the trip was the Cincinnati Art Museum. When we were there they had a Van Gogh exhibit focusing on his landscapes, specifically forest interiors. Their permanent collection spans all the genres and we were more than entertained for a couple hours. The building itself is expansive and an architectural delight. Plus, regular admission is free!

The quirkiest part of our time in Ohio was spent at the American Sign Museum. It takes you into the history of advertisement and storefront signs that lined downtown areas and main streets across the country. There's also an artist workshop where you can observe how the neon tubing is manipulated by the artists when making the signage. It's art, it's history, it's definitely unique!

Both of us really wanted to do a mural tour of the downtown area, but we were there around a holiday and couldn't book one. Many of the buildings and walls around the city are decorated in graffiti and murals. I would have loved to get more in depth with them as so many seemed to speak to the history of the city. Maybe next time, because I know I'd jump at the chance to go back!

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