Category Archives: Cleveland

Edgewater Park In Cleveland is My Skyline Viewing Template.

What do I always seem to be looking for when viewing and capturing a city skyline? This past weekend at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, I realized my skyline viewing and capturing template was right in front of me.

Head to the western entrance of the Cleveland Metropark, where you will find the upper area and Perkins Beach. Once in the park you will head up-top by taking Upper Edgewater Drive that veers off to the right.

Upon parking walk into the park, head towards the shoreline and the Cleveland skyline will quickly come into view. I’m up-top check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

There is a romantic park bench and/or picnic table up-top to soak in the views. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The body of water the city sits along is easily in view. Check. In this case how could you miss the vast Lake Erie.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Lots of sand and beachfront straight ahead, check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Blue sky aplenty along with trees and other objects to capture unique views of the city. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The ability to head down from up-top and get a closer look. The final check. In this case you are able to walk on the beach, along the shoreline and on the dirt trails that run alongside.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

While at the park make sure to take the time to capture the Great Lake. It is beautiful no matter the season and time of year.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

It was a fun afternoon at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. The realization of what my skyline viewing template is became more clear. Oh yeah! There is one more piece to that puzzle. It has to be a place where the blue shoes can easily lay down and soak everything in. ๐Ÿ™‚

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

We will see which of the things I said check to will apply at my next skyline viewing endeavor. I’ve set a standard for myself.

What things do you look for when viewing and capturing a city skyline?

Thinking Romance Walking the Lakeshore in Cleveland.

Every time I’m in Cleveland, usually once a season, I gravitate towards Edgewater Park which sits just west of downtown. This week was no exception. I made a stop there right before sunset on a cold, wintry day. Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, was there to greet me front and center. No land as far as the eye can see.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

The pier was closed, but makes for a great spot for hanging out, chasing pigeons and soaking in the views in the warmer months. More on this in a moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

I slowly starting walking along the frozen lake, changing my view-point from due north to east. Two things were starting to come into view.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Straight ahead now was an open snowy path and the Cleveland skyline! I was out on the open trail towards downtown.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Due to the amount of snow in the Midwest this season I didn’t get very far as the snow pack was deep. That didn’t stop me from just standing there and taking the scenery in though.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

After a little bit it was getting closer to sunset so I turned to the west and was greeted with something beautiful.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, dusk, sunset

Back to the pier, this park makes me smile even more, because it’s where I fell in love with the love of my life. A few years back we were in the initial dating stage, hanging out at the park. She was busy chasing some of the aforementioned pigeons off the pier. I was watching her in action and I thought to myself for the first time, “I am falling in love with this girl”. ๐Ÿ™‚

Edgewater Park pier, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio

Now wonder I keep coming back here. It’s not all about travel and scenery at this spot along Lake Erie, but romance too. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Are there any memorable parks, trails or spots along the water that you have spent time in around home or in your travels?

#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee Of Gypsy Beans in Cleveland.

When I am looking to take an early morning road trip, read the morning paper, have a great coffee and haven fun being in a city, a lot of the time I wind up at Gypsy Beans and Baking Company in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland.

Cleveland, Gypsy Beans Coffee

I could sit at one of their wooden tables but…

Cleveland, Gypsy Beans Coffee

…I always wind up on a stool…

Cleveland, Gypsy Beans Coffee

…alongside the window checking out Detroit Avenue and the neighborhood.

Cleveland, Gypsy Beans Coffee

You’ll find desserts and pastries to go along with locally roasted coffee at this cozy bakery cafe.

Cleveland, Gypsy Beans Coffee

The coffee of choice on this wintry morning was a Latte which did the trick! I had the The Plain Dealer (Cleveland’s leading newspaper) alongside for the ride. If you’re looking to crank out some work on the laptop get there early as the outlets are limited, but they do offer free wi-fi.

Cleveland, Gypsy Beans Coffee

Gypsy Beans and Baking Company is a recommended coffee shop to checkout whenever you’re in Cleveland. ๐Ÿ™‚

Checkout the time I have also spent at another favorite spot Koffie Cafe in the Ohio City neighborhood.

What other coffee shops in Cleveland would you recommend checking out?

#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Give it a Kick!

I’ve previously talked about enhancing a coffee by Going Irish! If your looking for an addition to your coffee and the opportunity is there, there should be a more general rule of

Tip #15: …giving it a kick!

A favorite place to get a coffee with a kick for me is Koffie Cafe in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland.

Koffie Cafe, Ohio City neighborhood, Cleveland

Koffie Cafe, Ohio City, Cleveland

There is a relaxing, friendly neighborhood atmosphere inside.

Koffie Cafe, Ohio City neighborhood, Cleveland

Koffie Cafe, Ohio City, Cleveland

It’s a great place to get some work done or hangout while exploring West Side Market and one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland.

Koffie Cafe, Ohio City neighborhood, Cleveland

The last coffee with an addition I had there was a Kahlua & Coffee yum.

On a winter day during the holiday season a peppermint stick coffee with Bailey’s in a fancy mug definitely hits the spot.

Bailey's Coffee, Koffie Cafe, Cleveland, Ohio

For non-alcoholic coffee options, the Turtle Latte and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte are must gets. You could go the kick route with these and get extra espresso! ๐Ÿ™‚

Koffie Cafe, Ohio City, Cleveland

Next time you’re in a coffeehouse around home or in your travels consider getting a coffee with a kick.

Cleveland: Touring A Christmas Story.

When its the holiday season lights, holiday trees, ham, carols, spiked egg nog, “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” come to the mind of a lot of people. Another movie, one I seem to hear about the most these days and see on TBS continuously in December is “A Christmas Story”.

On a weekend afternoon before Christmas, my fiance (then girlfriend) and I decided to hit up the Tremont neighborhood in Cleveland and the A Christmas Story House. We parked on Rowley Avenue, a few blocks away.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

All the houses in route were decorated with holiday lights…

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

…and inflatable snowmen and Santa Claus’s and lots of holiday goodness.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

We captured the holiday scene to-and-from.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

I’ll always gravitate to holiday decorations, checking them out closely. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

We came up to the end of Rowley Avenue at 11th Street. The house was straight ahead. First though we had to get tickets at the gift shop across the street. Next to the gift shop was also a museum which contained lot’s of props from the holiday movie and some behind the scenes photos.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

The gift shop had anything and everything for sale. Who could forget Ralphie coming down the stairs in the pink bunny suit pajamas. I should have asked if I could try them on and grab a picture. I am in Cleveland all the time, hmmm.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

The infamous leg lamp in all kinds of sizes was available of course. I was tempted.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

With tickets purchased it was time to get in line to head into the house. The house was purchased in 2004 and made to look like the movie both inside and out. It was an unusually warm day in Northeastern Ohio. Good thing. I didn’t want to get my tongue stuck on a flag pole per chance I decided to start fooling around.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

Standing on the porch, there the leg lamp stood, looking inside. Group after group were taking pictures at the window. I just got up close for a good shot.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

As we approached the front door we looked along the side of the house and saw the backyard and old shed.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

Right inside the door our eyes got wider. I should have put my coat on the coat rack.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

There they are. The 1983 film featured the Parker family. From left to right, Mother Parker, The Old Parker, Randy and Ralphie. The movie took place around the holidays and revolved around Ralphie and his desire for…

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

…a Red Ryder BB gun. Unwrapping and seeing it sure made his Christmas. The movie was narrated from the perspective of an adult Ralphie.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

Anyways, back to the leg lamp haha. There’s the wooden crate marked “FRAGILE” or as some would say “Fra-gee-lay”. I loved reciting lines and thinking about scenes from the movie when at the house and when writing this post.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

The lamp was a prize, I mean major award, won by The Old Parker.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

Mother Parker didn’t take to it nicely as it sat in the living room.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

The vintage radio also sat in the living area. The movie took place in the 1940’s so there was lots of old-school props and things to be seen.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

Love seeing holiday trees no matter the era.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

Heading upstairs we went into the kid’s bedroom and checked out Ralphie’s desk.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

We also explored the small bathroom upstairs…

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

…and the kitchen. The delicious turkey is ready. Too bad the dogs got a hold of it before the Parker’s. Ralphie as an adult said:

The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

Old school newspapers and stuff everywhere!

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

It was time to climb into the cupboard under the kitchen sink like Randy.

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

We were the last ones in the house, so it was time to leave. It was almost dark so we could capture the holiday lights lit up on the outside of the house. We didn’t have a chance to checkout the museum. Next time!

A Christmas Story, Tremont neighborhood, Cleveland, Ohio

It was a great time at the A Christmas Story House. A must visit, if your ever around Cleveland, Ohio.

Tip: If you have a chance to get here and the Tremont neighborhood, also get to Lucky’s Cafe for breakfast food and coffee yum.

What is your favorite scene or quote from A Christmas Story?