Thursday, January 9, 2014

Big Busy Day in Tremont, Downtown Cleveland, and Ohio City

"Whew!"  That's what you will be saying at the end of this post.  We began our day in the trendy Tremont neighborhood at St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral.  You know it...the one from the wedding scene in the The Deer Hunter.

                    Tim got out of the car to see if it was open.  Nope.

But Lilly Handmade Chocolates was just down the block and open.  It is always a must stop, must taste, must buy, spot on the tour.

Flying eastward we cruised through The Flats District crossing the Cuyahoga River where cruise ships from Lake Erie tie up. 

Tower City Center, the Cleveland Public Square, and the East 4th Street Districts were next.  The Terminal Tower is quite impressive.  You could spend all day walking around in the casino, the shops, and the restaurants.  Mostly I looked up.

                  I love the reflection of the tower on a nearby building.

The Old Stone Church with its beautiful organ was open.  It is the oldest building on the square.

Across the street in the Society for Saving Building, now part of the Key Tower complex, is a truly beautiful interior.  

One exterior side of the older building has these huge, very simple, one piece granite stone columns.

We walked across the Cleveland Public Square towards the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument.

Here is one of the first memorials for women who participated in the Civil War.

The Arcade is now the most beautiful lobby for a Hyatt Hotel.  Originally it was the first indoor shopping mall.

Crossing to the south we entered the East 4th Street Entertainment District where we checked out the famous House of Blues.  Because it was so cold, there was no one taking advantage of the nice outdoor seating of the many restaurants.

On our way to the popular Ohio City neighborhood, we passed through the Gateway District which is home to the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The West Side Market was near our lunch destination, so walking past all the vendors with their beautiful fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, poultry, fish, pastries, nuts, cheeses, pierogi, and anything you could possibly desire to eat was extremely hard.  It all looked so delicious.

                              We saw all that by 3:00 pm.  Whew!

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