Cincinnati – April 2018 – Terracotta Soldiers

The Cincinnati Ar Museum is hosting an exhibit of the Chinese Terracotta Soldiers. Included in the exhibit are 10 soldiers from the famed collection of Terracotta Warriors of the first emperor of China – Qin Shi Huang.

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The sculptures are over 2000 years old; serving as funerary art for the emperor to protect him in his afterlife.

They are part of a collection of an estimated 8000 soldiers, 130 chariots and over 500 horses.

While the lighting made photography tricky, it was an honor to be able to see these amazing sculptures in person.

The special exhibit area had a timed ticket admission policy to smooth the crowds wanting to view them. While busy it wasn’t jammed so you could enjoy them.

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The details are amazing.

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It seems obvious with the subtle differences in the faces that they were modeled after real individuals.

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The amazing collection was discovered in 1974 by a farmer digging a well.

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The 10 soldiers had a variety of poses.

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As the display makes it’s way around the world it is the most popular exhibit since King Tut.

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The life size figures made one feel as if they were looking at you.

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Standing guard for 2000 years.

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Cincinnati – October 2017 – Cyclocross

A ‘cyclocross’ (cross country bicycling racing) was held on a cold Sunday in the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield. The event took place throughout the streets and fields of a park.

With teams from throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and beyond the pits were filled with an impressive collection of tents, trucks and bikes while the technicians readied them for the races.

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There were numerous classes, including this one the start of a multi-group female race. This race had under 23s and over 35s.

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Miles of blue tape outlined the course up and down throughout the park.

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Some racers were more bundled for the cold weather than others.

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Famed baseball player Satchel Paige had a quote ‘don’t look back someone might be gaining on you’ – clearly she didn’t head his advice.

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A sand pit results in some small jumps, although nothing like a BMX track would yield.

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It did however cause some of the racers to get a bit off course.

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Given Halloween is near a couple of riders dressed for the occasion, like the human taco.

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A few got hung up on a small hill and had to dismount.

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Racing to the finish.

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Cincinnati – July 2017 – Dangerwheel

While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult big wheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!

East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.

Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.

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Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.

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The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.

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Costumes, and props are encouraged.

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Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.

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In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.

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Cincinnati – July 2017 – Underground Tour

While in Cincinnati for the day we took the ‘Ultimate Underground Cincinnati’ tour. While the tour guide was funny, informative and insightful, the tour itself seemed to lack in content. While we did go under a church to see a crypt and in an old brewery to see some long forgotten underground rooms, for a 2 hour tour they seemed to not have enough places to see  – filling much of the two hours with amusing stories.

Still once we were in the two underground portions, they were fascinating. We did come away knowing much more about the ‘Over The Rhine’ neighborhood of Cincinnati.

The neighborhood had a mix of gentrification and scruffy.

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The crypt under the St Francis Church was filled with graves of Irish immigrants from the 1800s, which is unusual given the neighborhood was noted for the German immigrants. The Irish had been there first.

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An old brewery that is being rehabbed into condos included some ‘art’ that are the burnt columns from a church that had caught fire in 2008.

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The massive rooms underneath the old brewery (as well as the modern day Moerlein Brewery) were great to see.

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A mural on the front of the old brewery.

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The tour ended at the Moerlein Brewery.

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West Chester, OH – July 2017 – Crazy Cardboard Boat Races

The town of West Chester, Ohio is located between Cincinnati and Dayton, with a rapidly developing suburban feel to it. It was here that we attended our second cardboard boat races ever, the first being a couple of years ago in the Ohio River town of New Richmond.

While both were entertaining this one was clearly geared more to youth, although there were some adult competitors. Still, the boats were creative, the competition at times fierce, and the opportunity for photography excellent.

 

The concept of a snow shovel for an oar must have seemed like a good idea at first – but it was an epic fail.

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The victors of a heat return to cheers.

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The ‘Five Peas in a Pod’ quickly realize one of their competition have sunk.

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One of the more creative boats was the US Airway flight that landed in the Hudson, complete with a grey stash on Sully.

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One young lady decided it was best just to close her eyes and paddle in any direction.

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A couple of the adult heats clearly knew what they were doing and were extremely intense in their competition.

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These young ladies made it back to the dock first, then promptly sunk.

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Rounding the 3rd buoy and heading for home.

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Another sinking at the dock.

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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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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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