Monday, November 14, 2022

Day 10 Cleveland Vacation

 Monday morning architectural tour of downtown Cleveland. We started at Terminal Tower Cleveland’s most iconic landmark. Located at the intersection of Rt. 20 and Superior Ave. Built during the skyscraper boom of the 1920’s and ‘30’s. It was the second tallest buildings in the world when it was completed. This building houses restaurants, shops, the terminal stops for the rapid transit trains and the Ritz Carlton hotel along with a major casino.





Second stop of the downtown architectural tour was the “Soldier and Sailor monument. There is a free guided tour. The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument commemorates the American Civil War; it consists of a 125' column surrounded at its base by a Memorial Room and esplanade. The column, topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom, defended by the Shield of Liberty, signifies the essence of the Nation for which Cuyahoga County veterans were willing to and did give their lives. Four bronze groupings on the esplanade depict, in battle scenes, the Navy, Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry.


 Monday architectural tour of downtown Cleveland included three beautiful arcades. By the turn of the century, the Arcade was said to have only one rival, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. The Arcade served as an urban amenity to the citizens in Cleveland. It provided a passage between two of the city’s largest thoroughfares, leisure space for the public, and even Sunday band concerts. The Arcade also served as an important shopping district. The construction of the Arcade, and its successors, the Colonial and Euclid and Arcades, responded to the expansion of industry between the Cuyahoga River and Public Square that caused many retailers to move toward Euclid Avenue in the late nineteenth century. The addition of new streetcar lines in Public Square in the late 1880s also turned this area into prime real estate, encouraging more retailers to make the move eastward.



One of the highlights for me on this architectural tour was Historic Landmark Preserved:
The Cleveland Trust Rotunda was designed by architect George B. Post, and features a Tiffany-style stained glass ceiling. Just below the ceiling, 13 murals painted by Francis Davis Millet entitled The Development of Civilization in America depict the exploration and settlement of the Great Lakes region. This historic site now houses a multi level gourmet food specialty store “Heinen’s”. The second level has a vast selection of wine and beers. The domed Tiffany styled ceiling is magnificent.

Monday’s architectural tour included the Money museum in the Federal reserve bank. Shredded bills are packaged as free souvenirs. A fun museum.
The Learning Center and Money Museum is located in the historic lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 1455 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114 free admission.
Monday lunch at one of our all time favorite places Joe’s Deli. Long-standing establishment serving classic deli sandwiches & Lebanese meals in a laid-back setting.
Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery
Address: 19215 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH 44116
Guaranteed great food. We split the Reuben corned beef sandwich. Delicious

This afternoon we were so happy to visit Mikes cousin Frank and  Debbie. Frank is the owner of Drellishak's Service Center on
22690 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, OH 44126 you’ll be hard pressed to find a better more thorough more honest mechanic then Frank. Great to see these two great family members.


We’ve had such a wonderful time
here with Mikes family and it’s been a birthday that I’m sure Mike will never forget. Thanks to my brother in law Rocky and  sister in law    Mary for being such great company and taking us every day to such wonderful places. We capped off our trip by saving the best for last with a dinner at Caffe Roma with Joe,  Carla and their daughter Amy. They are relatives from Italy that own and operate this wonderful family neighborhood restaurant. Both Joe and Carla were born in Naples. Grazie Mille Joe and Carla for a night. 




A great end to a wonderful trip to Cleveland.

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