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greencat
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  Message Not Read  For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/3/2021 2:20:17 PM 
Museums.

I know the art museum is a must see thing. Is the natural history museum in that area really cool? It's not free like the art museum. There is also a botanical garden in that area. The video of Great Lakes Science Center make it look like COSI in C'bus... like it's more for kids than adults.

Other places we will probably go (besides the obvious Rock Hall visit):

Cool downtown places (4th street comedy club, Playhouse area, etc)

Little Italy (+ maybe the Conventry shops incl. City Buddha, the Peru thing, the Candle making place which is not a huge big deal because I made my own double-boiler to pour my own candles here at the house when I get motivated to) but if their candles are as good as the ones from Amish country in Ohio, then I might buy some.

Westside Market and nearby brew houses.

That monument in the middle of downtown to the WINNING side of the civil war since I get tired of seeing all the tribute crappola to the butt-hurt loser side in the area where I live.

As far as visiting the quint little towns like Chagrin Falls, that might have to wait for another Cleveland trip.

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Mike Johnson
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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/3/2021 3:52:21 PM 
greencat wrote:
Museums.

I know the art museum is a must see thing. Is the natural history museum in that area really cool? It's not free like the art museum. There is also a botanical garden in that area. The video of Great Lakes Science Center make it look like COSI in C'bus... like it's more for kids than adults.

Other places we will probably go (besides the obvious Rock Hall visit):

Cool downtown places (4th street comedy club, Playhouse area, etc)

Little Italy (+ maybe the Conventry shops incl. City Buddha, the Peru thing, the Candle making place which is not a huge big deal because I made my own double-boiler to pour my own candles here at the house when I get motivated to) but if their candles are as good as the ones from Amish country in Ohio, then I might buy some.

Westside Market and nearby brew houses.

That monument in the middle of downtown to the WINNING side of the civil war since I get tired of seeing all the tribute crappola to the butt-hurt loser side in the area where I live.

As far as visiting the quint little towns like Chagrin Falls, that might have to wait for another Cleveland trip.



Another museum to visit: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Currently showing special exhibit titled Notorious RBG. Museum is on Richmond Rd. near Shaker Blvd.

Very fond of Little Italy. My favorite restaurant is Tratoria On The Hill. (Customer parking behind the restaurant.) Check out the 2 patisseries - Presti's and Corbo's.


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greencat
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   Posted: 5/3/2021 4:10:59 PM 
My daughter would love the RBG exhibit but she's not going on this trip with us (too busy working plus working on a masters through Fiami.)

Both of my parents were Jewish immigrants from Europe, thus I already know the heritage stuff cold since I grew up around it. As far as stopping in at the Hungarian bakery in Ohio City for some authentic dobosh torte? That's an absolute must.

There will probably end up being a second Cleveland trip eventually.
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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/4/2021 12:20:01 AM 
greencat wrote:
That monument in the middle of downtown to the WINNING side of the civil war since I get tired of seeing all the tribute crappola to the butt-hurt loser side in the area where I live.


Huzzah, huzzah! That is one great Civil War monument -- one of the best in the nation. It was designed by Levi Schofield, who also, among many other memorable projects, was the architect for what was then known as the Athens Lunatic Asylum. The folks who work in museum that is in the base of the monument are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Don't hesitate to ask them questions. One interesting bit of trivia is that Schofield designed the monument so that he would have a good view of it from his office in nearby office building. Enjoy!


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greencat
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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/4/2021 2:18:46 PM 
I heard something about the museum in the base having been closed for covid but with the pandemic hopefully waning and people finishing up their shots (my second is tomorrow)... more places are opening back up gradually.

The NFL draft may have motivated places to open back up.

Is it safe to walk back to the Westin from Hilarities on a weekend night?

I tried to ask on Reddit if Great Lakes and Market Garden were still doing .10 beers if you show your proof of vaccinations and their system immediately blocked the post. What a bunch of wimps.

Last Edited: 5/4/2021 2:25:29 PM by greencat

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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/5/2021 1:52:43 PM 
In addition to the main Art Museum, they built a Contemporary Art Museum (https://mocacleveland.org /) which is in that same University Circle area. I haven't been but I heard good things. It is walking distance from Little Italy...

The neighborhood that the Westside Market is in (Ohio City) and bordering neighborhood (Tremont) have a number of trendy bars and restaurants.

They did a very nice job on remodeling the park immediately next to the Rock Hall. It's right on the lake (Voinovich Bicentennial Park) and I believe George Voinovich was a Bobcat? Edgewater Park which is just a little west of Downtown is also very nice. Both provide great views of Downtown.

https://clevelandtraveler.com/cleveland-script-signs-guide /

Last Edited: 5/5/2021 1:56:28 PM by The Optimist


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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/6/2021 11:00:13 AM 
greencat wrote:
Museums.

I know the art museum is a must see thing. Is the natural history museum in that area really cool? It's not free like the art museum. There is also a botanical garden in that area. The video of Great Lakes Science Center make it look like COSI in C'bus... like it's more for kids than adults.

Other places we will probably go (besides the obvious Rock Hall visit):

Cool downtown places (4th street comedy club, Playhouse area, etc)

Little Italy (+ maybe the Conventry shops incl. City Buddha, the Peru thing, the Candle making place which is not a huge big deal because I made my own double-boiler to pour my own candles here at the house when I get motivated to) but if their candles are as good as the ones from Amish country in Ohio, then I might buy some.

Westside Market and nearby brew houses.

That monument in the middle of downtown to the WINNING side of the civil war since I get tired of seeing all the tribute crappola to the butt-hurt loser side in the area where I live.

As far as visiting the quint little towns like Chagrin Falls, that might have to wait for another Cleveland trip.



You've got a pretty solid itinerary there. A few notes to consider. Covid has really gutted the West Side Market, making it a bit of a sad shell of its former self. Even before Covid, it was struggling as fewer people were shopping there and more were treating it as a tourist destination and the city mismanaged it to hell. Some of the best vendors are gone, and there's a lot of vacancy. Still a lovely space and well worth the trip, but not what it once was.

And there are no less than seven breweries within a mile, including Great Lakes (know commodity), Hansa (decent and with a great European market attached), Nano (same owner as Market Garden), Market Garden (solid lineup), Bookhouse (great space, hit-and-miss beer), Forest City (great space, crap beer), Brick and Barrel (cool spot near the river but for hopheads only). If you're really into beer, I recommend Noble Beast on Lakeside and Masthead, which is nearby and also downtown. Two underappreciated good spots.

Speaking of downtown, it's been crushed by Covid. Michael Symon's Lola is closed permanently among other fixtures on E. 4th. Downtown in general is pretty dead, as it relies heavily on events and office workers. So calibrate your expectations accordingly.
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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/8/2021 6:56:51 PM 
Hansa looks like it's close to Farkas (Hungarian) Bakery where I have it circled to check out their dobosh torte. When I saw the picture of the dobosh torte at Farkas, I instantly proclaimed "bazdmeg"** because I certainly won't get one like that in Nashville.

**this word is not safe for the workplace especially in Budapest or some parts of Cleveland. I do remember hearing it used by my mother if she dropped an egg in the kitchen while making a cake when I was a kid growing up.
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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/9/2021 12:54:17 PM 
Hansa is directly across the street from Farkas, which you've correctly identified as a spectacular bakery.

Interesting tidbit on Hansa. They were going to be the U.S. brewer of Laško (the biggest beer in Slovenia) because the owner is Slovenian and wanted to add a brewery to his Central European store. After they bought all the equipment to do the brewing (including all controls in Slovenian), Heineken bought Laško and ended the deal. So the American brewers had to figure out how to make all their beer on a Slovenian system with Slovenian controls. In the end they figured it out but it was quite a curveball. Hansa has pretty good beer and serves a few great Slovenian dishes alongside solid Hungarian and German dishes.
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  Message Not Read  RE: For you Cleveland people...
   Posted: 5/13/2021 12:37:04 AM 
The guy who discovered Lucy was the curator of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History at the time, and the skeleton was reconstructed there. It has one of the few casts of Lucy. It also has, weirdly enough, Balto.

Lake View Cemetary, close by, is a recommendation for history types. Famous residents include the Rockefeller family and James A. Garfield.


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