Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wednesday in Cincinnati

This morning we drove to the Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Park, another riverside park in Cincinnati. While at the park we view such things as a statue of Cincinnatus (for whom Cincinnati was named), a model of the Ohio River that we could walk along, and Yeatman's Cove (which was the site of the actual founding of the city).

From the park, we drove downtown to Fountain Square site of the Tyler-Davidson fountain a symbol of the city. We had a thirty minute stay to visit area businesses including Graeter's Ice Cream Parlor. I had a hot fudge sundae at 10:30 in the morning...fattening and delicious!!

We did some sightseeing on the bus downtown as we drove to the Cincinnati Art Museum in Eden Park. We stopped at an overlook in Eden Park for wonderful overviews of the Ohio River.

At the Cincinnati Art Museum we had a short visit to the Cincinnati Wing of the art museum which featured paintings, artifacts, and furniture from Cincinnati history (mostly be Cincinnati artists).
Around noon we boarded the bus and took a fifteen minute ride across the Ohio River to Dayton Kentuck and the Queen City Riverboat dock and boarded the Spirit of Cincinnati steamboat.
On the Spirit of Cincinnati riverboat,we enjoyed a two-hour lunch/cruise ride on the Ohio River. Along with an excellent lunch of fried chicken or beef sirloin tips, we heard more on the history of Cincinnati and theOhio River from our Captain, Dennis New. It was an excellent experience.

After lunch we had three options: return to the Cincinnati Art Museum, visit "Newport on the Levee" which featured an aquarium, a bookstore, and many shopping opporunties.
Later in the evening after dinner we had a surprise celebration for one of our Elderhostel couples celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with cake and champaign. Five or six other couples had already celebrated their 60th anniversaries. Congratulation to all!!
We closed the day with another excellent presentation on Steamboat history. Barbara Jennings another docent at the Cincinnati Museum Complex used wonderful historic photos to present the history of steamboats.

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