Well we finally arrived in Cleveland, Ohio, to visit Don’s mom and friends. Although we spend most of our time visiting, which means playing cards and cooking (Don), we have also spent time looking at the local sites. The West Side Market which began operating in 1840, is the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland. And, in the September 2010 issue of Food Network Magazine, it was named America’s “Best Food Lovers’ Market”. Additionally, one of the bakeries sells Leslie’s favorite Wedding cupcakes. Next is The Arcade, a Victorian era structure erected in 1890, and is identified as one of the earliest indoor shopping malls in the US. Third and fourth, is The Terminal Tower, a landmark skyscraper. It was built during the skyscraper boom of the 1920s and 1930s, and was the second-tallest building in the world when it was completed. Lastly, is Progressive Field the home of the Cleveland Indians. From its inaugural season in 1994, the ballpark was named Jacobs Field for the teams owners. Most fans still refer to it as The Jake, although it is now also called the Prog. It was ranked as Major League Baseball’s best ballpark in a 2008 Sports Illustrated fan opinion poll. However, and most importantly to Don, he finally got to see his beloved Indians twice, (by the way they swept the Cincinnati Reds), for the last 18 years he has only seen them during our annual Spring Training tour.
June 15th – 21st, 2012 – Cleveland, OH