road trip: cincinnati, oh

our drive continued from gatlinburg, tn to cinncinatti, oh. we stopped for lunch in lexington, ky at The Local Taco near the university of kentucky and then we drove on.

we rolled into covington, ky hitting late afternoon friday traffic. i was slow on the hotel arrangements so i couldn’t get the hotel i wanted in cincinnati. i went for price and convenience instead. we stayed at the courtyard in covington, ky across the river. we checked out the Queen City Sausage Festival along the river. we tried goetta (ground meat, oats and spices).

saturday, we took a free trolley to downtown cincinnati. we went to Fountain Square. then, we headed towards the over-the-rhine neighborhood to washington park. there were lots of murals around the city and a bunch that were works in progress.

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washington park was beautiful with a cute playground for the kids and fountains to run through. there happened to be a crafty market that day with a few food trucks. we tried Taste of Belgium’s waffles. i totally dug them, but the kids and my husband thought they were eh.

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we walked up to Findlay Market. it was bustling inside. we snacked on gelato.

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we walked back downtown and ran into more murals–one by charley harper. we stopped by the Contemporary Arts Museum. shepard fairey’s murals were in the entrance.

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we continued to the Great American Ballpark to pick up a reds hat for my friend’s son. after the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, we walked across the Roebling Bridge. it was built before the brooklyn bridge. it took a few minutes to walk across and we ended up walking back to the hotel. it was a full day of walking and sightseeing.

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the next day we met up with my husband’s old college roommate and his family for cincinnati chili. his friend’s preference: Skyline. i had the 3-way (spaghetti, chili and cheese). that was a lot of cheese.

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after lunch we went for ice cream at Graeter’s. somehow we talked about the local grocery store: Jungle Jim’s. we decided to check it out before we left for illinois. it reminded us of stew leonard’s outside nyc–animatronics and their specially made food.

we said our goodbyes to our friends and made our way to illinois to my dad’s house. last leg of the road trip, amen!

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