Both sides of our family live in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas warranting a bi-annual trip every year for as long as I can remember. With work, moving, etc. this has slid to a more annual occasion. Now that we are older and easier to entertain, exploring the city is much more interesting since the city is rich with history, beautiful architecture, and natural landscape.
This Christmas we made a trip with our parents, all of the siblings, two dogs, and onesignificant other. We managed to squeeze a lot into our short visit. We went to see the Art Deco Union Terminal which functioned in it’s prime as a train station for all traffic coming in and out of the area. It is still used for freight transportation, but its terminals have now been transformed into galleries and museums.
The following day, we took a driving tour around downtown with our grandmother as our tour guide. We stopped at the Cincinnati Music Hall with its stunning detailing. Next, we walked to see the Contemporary Arts Center, a modern marvel in the architecture world.
We then climbed to the top of the Carew Tower Observation Deck and got to see a fabulous aerial view of the city including it’s winding river and the corresponding networks of railroad tracks and highways. We took the suspension bridge (from which the infamous Brooklyn Bridge was modeled) across the river and explored beautiful Covington, KY, where the architecture is reminiscent of Charleston homes.We also visited the Cincinnati Art Museum located on the top of the quaint Mount Adams (sorry no photos since it was dark and raining). Their collection is extensive and boasts some excellent pieces ranging from early civilization to post modern. After our day of driving and exploring we wound down with our family at a local brewery, Rhinegeist, named by German immigrants after the area’s similarities to the Rhine River in Germany.
I’m already looking forward to my next trip to explore more of this fascinating city!