June 15th – 21st, 2012 – Cleveland, OH

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.




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5 thoughts on “June 15th – 21st, 2012 – Cleveland, OH

  1. Steve

    Don, You need to just follow the Indians around for the rest of the season. They need you to keep winning!!!! You’re retired, you can do it!!!!

  2. Susan F.

    So close to Pittsburgh . . . my hometown. A pretty good rivalry between the two. Any plans to head east? There’s nothing like the view from Mt. Washington (via the incline) which gives you a beautiful panoramic view of downtown, the stadiums and the three rivers. If you do go – check out Franco’s my favorite Italian restaurant and be sure to find some homemade pierogies while you are there too. Take care.

    • Susan, Pittsburgh is our next stop and Mt. Washington is on our list. We will have to see if we can find Franco’s – we both like Italian food. Take Care.

  3. Chris Mattern

    Love to read about your amazing tour. Keep up the wonderful discriptions of sites and especially the food. Was it W.C. Fields’ tombstone that ready “I’d rather be in Cleveland”

    • Chris, Good to hear from you. I am glad you are enjoying the posts. Sometimes I wonder if people think they are boring. You were close on W. C. Fields, it was Philadelphia (which is on our list too). Hope you are doing well. Leslie

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