Cincinnati – June 2017 – Rookwood Pottery

The Rookwood Pottery company has been making very high end products since the 1800s. Started in Cincinnati, but having moved a number of times, they are back in Cincinnati in a facility in the ‘Over The Rhine’ neighborhood.

The open house had a large selection of tiles for purchase.

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The showroom had a number of interesting items.

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A tour was offered of the facility.

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Ft Mitchell, KY – June 2017 – Ventriloquist Puppets

A small residential street in Ft Mitchell, Kentucky was the home for an amazing find, a Ventriloquist Puppet museum. The day we were there they had an open house, so the place was very busy, but the volunteers were enthusiastic and helpful in making sure everyone enjoyed their visit. It is known as having the largest collection in the world, with three small buildings full of puppets.

Freaky or fabulous, this is a stop that is highly recommended.

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Cincinnati – June 2017 – Scenes of the City

A day in Cincinnati for a couple of tours (other posts) resulted in some ‘scenes of the city’ shots…

 

The view from the Incline Pub on the west side of Cincinnati.

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With a major bridge under construction causing massive traffic jams, we took the Anderson Ferry to Kentucky.

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The Pride Parade had just ended as we arrived downtown.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are celebrating their 50th season (still without a Super Bowl win!)

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Findlay Market.

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Cincinnati Streetcar barn

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Rookwood Pottery Mural

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London, OH – June 2017 – Cobra Club Gathering

In the early 1960s small British car manufacturer AC partnered with famed automotive genius Carroll Shelby to build the Cobra. This fabulous 2 seater has remained to this day one of the best examples of a sports car ever built.

A series of events over the years has lead to a large ‘replica’ market. We caught up with the Cobra Club at a truck stop near an interstate west of Columbus as they prepared to parade into the small town of London. With nearly 100 Cobra’s it was impossible for me to find the replica’s from the originals. Either way it was an impressive site, these spectacular sports cars gathered amongst the trucks.

 

Cars were from all over the U.S. and Canada.

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A Daytona – original or replica???

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The parade awaits…

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They are off…

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Enthusiastically…

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Some proud Canadians…

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An unusual site for those not expecting it, these classic cars sailing across the Ohio soybean and cornfields.

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Windsor, ON – June 2017 – Riverfront Scenes

With a weekend in the Detroit area it was decided to spend the night in Windsor, which is just a mile away through the tunnel.

The Windsor Riverfront offers excellent views of downtown Detroit (other post) as well as the scenes on the Canadian side.

 

The Ambassador Bridge

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Riverfront Park

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A carnival was being held in the riverfront park

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Bloomfield Hills, MI – June 2017 – Cranbrook Art Museum & Saarinen House

The Cranbrook Academy of Art was founded in the 1920s by George Booth, who asked renown Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen to design the campus and buildings. Eventually the campus was expanded to include both boys and girls schools, a Science Museum as well as the Art Museum.

The Saarinen House has been restored to it’s 1930s look, and the museum offers tours, which we attended. The house itself (in my opinion) was somewhat disappointing as it did not give the ‘wow’ feeling that I often have when going into other famous homes, such as many of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of the same period. Instead it seems more ‘practical’ and commonplace, in a 1930s art deco way.

The grounds of the campus are very nice, with gardens scattered about, along with numerous sculptures and fountains. The museum was somewhat smallish, but had some interesting artifacts including the chair collection.

 

The Art Museum

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Gardens and Fountains

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The interior of the Art Museum

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Saarinen House

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