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  • Day50

    Cleveland

    May 23 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Cleveland ist eine der Städte im Rust Belt, welche mit einem Bevölkerungsrückgang von weit über 25% zu kämpfen haben. Kohle-, Stahl- und sonstige Schwerindustrie waren einst die wirtschaftlichen Grundpfeiler des Wohlstandes. Entsprechend des Niedergangs, a la Ruhrpott, haben wir uns auf Betonödniss, Horden von Obdachlosen, Leerstand und Verfall eingestellt.
    Unsere Ankunft am Samstag Abend war sicherlich hilfreich für unsere 180 Grad Wendung bis hin zur Aussage, dass dies wohl die erste amerikanische Stadt wäre, die wir als lebendig und lebenswert einstufen würden (selbstverständlich zu 100% subjektiv!). Neben schönen Plätzen in der Innenstadt die mit Wasserspielen entzücken und einer netten Skyline sind viele Parks und Fußwege in fabelhaften Zustand und die Mühen der Stadt uns zu gefallen deutlich sichtbar. :) Unsere beiden großen Ziele am Ruhetag waren zuerst für knappe 4 1/2 Stunden die Rock&Roll Hall of Fame, in der wir uns durch die Geschichte des Rock grovten. Anschließend fuhren wir zum Edgewater Beach am Erie-See um frische Seeluft zu schnuppern und das erste Mal im See zu schwimmen. Brhhhh...
    Entsprechend der fröhlichen Stimmung und Fülle am Strand konnten wir uns auch weiterhin an diversen Musiken - nun aus Bluetooth Boxen - erfreuen.
    Ausgeruht wollten wir am kommenden Tag viele Kilometer auf den Asphalt bringen, jedoch hielt uns nach nur 3 Kilometern die USS Cod (U-Boot) mitsamt einer super Führung auf. So erreichten wir am Abend kaum mehr als die Stadtgrenze.
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  • Day29

    Day 29 - Rock & Bowl

    October 6, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    It was time for two pillars of Twentieth Century American culture - rock and roll and bowling.

    We stayed in Cleveland for primarily one attraction, and that is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I didn't know much about the place before visiting and it is an interesting museum of rock memorabilia. The displays are grouped by cities and genres and in some cases bands or artists have their own displays. The Beatles section is of particular note and included items such as Ringo's drumkit used from the mid-1960s onwards for albums and the last live shows and curiosities such as John Lennon's passport. It is well worth a visit and is bound to have something relating to an artist or band that you like.

    We then got settled in our hotel which was downtown and then had a think about what to do in the evening. We had thought about bowling a few days ago and just down the road from the hotel was a bowling alley. We weren't sure if it would be busy but luckily there was a baseball game in Cleveland with the Cleveland Indians taking on the Boston Red Sox. It seemed like a big deal as there were lots of fans talking about this post-season game and I'm guessing there was a lot riding on it. Most of the bowling alleys themselves were available and Alice and I snapped up an hour on one of them. We got our beers and food from the lane service and the baseball was also up on the big screen giving the experience that added 'americana' from a usual visit to the local bowling alley at home. Alice started in unforgiving form and blew me away in the first game. By the second, I had regained some composure and as my game had improved Alice's waned. We didn't have enough time to finish the third and so it ended in a fair draw. We then headed to the bar where the excitable home crowd cheered on the Indians. In one of the innings the home team managed three homeruns which were warmly received in the bar as people clapped and cheered raucously. It was a fun atmosphere in which to see the night out.

    Song of the Day:
    Ian Hunter - Cleveland Rocks
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    Jan Kitto Burke

    Good action there, Ash!

    10/10/16Reply
    Melissa Kitto

    Love that song!! A "dad song". xo

    10/14/16Reply
     
  • Day14

    Home Run

    August 2, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Dank unseres Gastgebers Dan konnten wir den Abend im original amerikanischen Stil genießen. Mit zwei seiner Arbeitskolleginnen stärkten wir uns in Becky’s Bar und bekamen sogar noch eine kleine private Stadtführung.

    Das Highlight des Abends war unser erstes Baseballspiel, die Minnesota Twins gegen die Cleveland Indians auf dem Progressive Field.

    Schon das Event an sich ist natürlich einen Besuch wert und mit $14 durchaus erschwinglich. Dan gab sich größte Mühe uns die Regeln näher zu bringen und nachdem wir das Spiel wenigstens zu 10% verstanden hatten, wurde es sogar richtig spannend. Wir mussten allerdings feststellen, dass ein Großteil des Spiels darin besteht, darauf zu warten, dass jemand den Ball überhaupt trifft. Das erklärt wahrscheinlich auch, warum viele die Zeit an den unzähligen Fast Food Ständen verbringen.
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  • Day10

    Cleveland Ohio

    May 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    It was time to head off and check out Cleveland in Ohio on the banks of Lake Erie, on the Great Lakes.
    First thing upon arrival was breakfast at Al's Diner, a typical Yankee diner for that eggs and bacon classic.
    We then did a walking tour of the city to see some smashing old buildings.
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  • Day10

    Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

    May 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    High on our list of things to see was the Hall of Fame. Seeing the history and dedication to the artists was fabulous. Couldn't get many photos inside as it was too dark and flash photos were forbidden.Read more

  • Day10

    Lunch at the Tilted Kilt

    May 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    After strolling around a late lunch was begging at the Tilted Kilt Irish Bar. A couple of good Guinness and a Burger filled the vacant gap in our bellies. Across the road crowds were building for an event I'll report on by seperate blog.Read more

  • Day10

    Say G'day to the Wahlberg's

    May 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Across from the Tilted Kilt was the grand opening of Mark Wahlberg's newest Wahlburgers outlet. People had been queuing up there all day, and as we left the Kilt we decided to hang for a little and captured Mark doing his thing.
    Sue even got to speak with him and he acknowledged Wahlburgers is coming to Australia. Check out the video.
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  • Day16

    Hall of Fame

    August 4, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Bei einem Clevelandaufenthalt darf ein Besuch im Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum natürlich nicht fehlen. Seit 1985 wurden über 300 Interpreten, Bands und Nichtperformer in diese Reihe aufgenommen. Neben deren Unterschriften gibt es im Museum unzählige Ausstellungsstücke zu sehen, die in irgendeinem Zusammenhang mit den Ausgezeichneten stehen.
    Die Gestaltung und der Aufbau des Museums ist sehr kreativ und abwechslungsreich. Man kann dort mühelos einen halben Tag verbringen. Auch wenn die mal wieder total übertriebene Klimaanlagenluft das Wohlfühlen etwas schmälert.
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  • Day1

    RNC 2016

    July 19, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 27 °C

    Dropped by Cleveland just to see what's going on. Doesn't seem too crazy right now but they got this whole place walled off and tons of police and security. Seems to be at least one police officer for each protester or attendee.Read more

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