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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. πŸ™‚

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?

Photo of the Week: Opportunity Made in Detroit.

During the holidays a place to be in Downtown Detroit is Campus Martius Park. You’ll see skaters on the ice rink, hear holiday music, see people dining at Fountain Bistro and others checking out the city’s holiday tree and lights.

I captured this photo as someone was on a zamboni cleaning the ice on the rink. Something else that you will see now-a-days is the Opportunity Made in Detroit advertisement (campaign) on the building in back of the rink as well as on the moving zamboni.

Detroit, Michigan 2012 holidays - Campus Martius Park

The campaign was created to make the whole world look at the city and see all the new and positive things going on. Every time I walk the city streets I’m noticing new restaurants, coffeehouses, signage and more people out-and-about. On this day I passed by the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant/bar that was about to open the next day. It’s so great to see. πŸ™‚

Those of you who watched the baseball World Series might remember the commercial that premiered. Also checkout and follow the hashtag #OpportunityDetroit on Twitter.

The Holidays at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

This past Saturday morning I went down to Detroit’s historic Eastern Market to do some holiday shopping and to consume some local coffee. While I was there, I also captured some photos of the holiday scene. Who doesn’t love being at an outdoor market during the holiday season?

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Eastern Market is a six block long public market that has been open since 1891. People were out in full force on this morning.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Even though it’s the winter season here in the Midwest, you’ll still find lots of fruits and vegetables. On the more festive side you can get some cider.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Eastern Market offers plenty of local coffee choices. I went with a latte from Germack Coffee Roasting Co.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

You will find wreathes, baskets and candle arrangements aplenty along with some people spreading the holiday cheer through music.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I would have liked to light all those candles up. That would have been a pretty scene. πŸ™‚

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

To a lot of people the holidays mean it is poinsettia time.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I am always on the lookout for a good red one.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Real holiday trees every where you look.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Pine, pine, pine. You gotta love the smell of pine.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

There are lots of pine options in regards to decorations.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Who knows what kinds of holiday items you’ll come across as you walk around outside. Cute reindeer.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

There was a festive atmosphere inside the stores around the market as well, like at DeVries & Co. which has lots of Detroit and Michigan based products.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus stopped by!

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Love seeing ice sculpting up close. Hope it gets colder in the Midwest so sculptors can showcase their work for longer periods of time.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I was also inspirated to checkout the holiday market scene by a shot of Krakow’s Christmas Market in Poland from Jetting Around.

What markets do you plan to checkout or have in your travels during the holiday season?

Michigan: The World’s Largest Christmas Store.

Winter is fast approaching in Michigan and the Midwestern United States. Holiday fever and the shopping season are in full swing. The first snow is falling. Where better to celebrate all of this on an early December morning than at “The World’s Largest Christmas Store”, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Frankenmuth screams holidays, with this over 90,000 square foot retail space its center. People come from all over to visit one of Michigan’s biggest tourist attractions.

Bronners, The World's Largest Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

As soon as you park you’ll notice all the festive decorations outside around the building and parking lot, including the 15-foot snowman…

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan, snowman

…and one of the many 17-foot Santa’s. Gotta love seeing polar bears too.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Santa Claus

Watch out for the (rein)deer crossing. πŸ™‚

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

In how many languages can you say garbage/trash? Bronner’s gives off an International feel everywhere you walk inside and out, showcasing different saying and words in countless languages, like “Welcome!”.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

I proceeded to walk in the west entrance, one of several. Better remember where I parked. πŸ™‚

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Bronner’s was founded by Wally Bronner in 1945. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, they are virtually opened year around. 361 days to be exact.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

The bright light goodness is right in front of you upon entering. Better sign up to see Santa quickly.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Bronner’s gets two million visitors a year, many of which were here on this morning.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

They have great signage amongst all the holiday cheer hanging from the ceiling to help you find your way.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

With countless ornaments, no matter your interests and tastes, your bound to find something for you or whom your shopping for. Is that really Bud Light? You can have a Bronner’s artist personalize any ornament you want.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan, ornaments

Bronner’s offers a selection of ornaments made from all over the world. I gravitated towards the Poland and Mexico sections.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Polish ornaments

Being a foodie I also parked for a while in the produce market, I mean the fruits and vegetables ornaments section. I checked out the mushrooms, zucchini and other green vegetables.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan, ornaments

You’ll see trees all decorated up to get a feel for what it would look like with certain themes. The vegetable tree. Hungry anyone?

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan, holiday tree

It’s not just ornaments, you’ll find lights and artificial trees galore and…

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

snowmen, nutcrackers, angels, nativity scenes and so much more.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

Look there’s Santa again!

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Santa Claus

Again make sure you’re always not just looking straight ahead, but up as well.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

It was a great morning in Bronner’s. I picked out some ornaments and a few other things. I could have spent all day there. If your around Michigan, the Midwestern United States or Ontario this holiday season or anytime for that matter, make sure you get to “The World’s Largest Christmas Store”.

Bronners, Christmas Store, Frankenmuth, Michigan

About three-thousand of their items are available via their website. Checkout their presence on Facebook and Twitter.

What is your favorite kind of ornament? What holiday stores, Christmas themed or otherwise, have you come across in your travels?

Atlanta: A Quick Holiday Stroll.

Around Thanksgiving in the United States is when you’ll start to hear holiday music and see holiday lights and trees go up in earnest. During the holiday weekend just before dark I decided to checkout the scene at one of my favorite areas in Atlanta, Pemberton Place and Centennial Olympic Park.

Walking onto the heart of Pemberton Place I immediately saw all the enlarged ornaments around the World of Coca-Cola. Midtown straight ahead. In how many languages can you say Merry Christmas?!

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

The World of Coca-Cola front and center, with the Downtown skyline behind. I’m surprised I didn’t see little kids trying to climb the ornaments. πŸ™‚

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

A broader view of Pemberton Place. Lot’s of people were sitting and posing for pictures in the red-and-white striped ornament. Others just hanging out, having fun on the grass.

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

The holiday lights and ornaments provided one scenic shot after another.

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

Lights dotted the landscape in front of the Georgia Aquarium.

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

I walked across Baker St. to the south into Centennial Park and immediately saw the huge holiday tree…

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

…and the outdoor ice skating opportunities. Lot’s of people, families and out-of-towners having fun.

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

I made sure to hang around until dark to see the tree and 20-miles of lights within the park lit up against the sky.

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

What about checking out the tree from way up in that dark sky? You bet. Seventy-three stories up I went to be exact. View from The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View up-top the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Atlanta from up-top The Sun Dial restaurant

I’m not going to let night skyline shot opportunities pass me by.

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

It was a quick, fun holiday stroll in the ATL. If your ever in Atlanta this time of year, make sure to checkout the lights and fun in this neck of the woods as well as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.

Where’s a good spot to checkout the holiday scene in your hometown? That you have come across in your travels?