Cruising in Ohio and Northern Kentucky!

This continues my previous post on Volunteering in Ohio & Kentucky and features the fun places we visited during our SJNC Mission trip.

Day 1 pic below reminds me of the awesome weather we had all through! God Himself was smiling down on us…😇

We visited Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral which is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It is a Greek revival structure located at 8th and Plum Streets in downtown Cincinnati. Saint Peter in Chains was begun with the laying of its cornerstone on 20 May 1841, under the direction of then-bishop (later archbishop) John Baptist Purcell, and formally dedicated on 2 November 1845. Its striking single spire, which soars to two-hundred and twenty feet above street level, was the tallest man-made structure in the city for many decades, and is constructed of pure white limestone.

Also visited St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Northern Kentucky. This sanctuary was inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Services were first held in 1901 with the Madison Avenue façade, designed by local architect David Davis, added between 1908 and 1910. The structure is constructed of Bedford stone and the roofs are covered with red ludovici tile. It measures 194 ft × 144 ft (59 m × 44 m) and the nave reaches a height of 81 ft (25 m).

Who doesn’t love historic markets? Voila the famous Findlay Market! It’s an old-fashioned public market in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood that has been in operation since 1855. Findlay Market offers a diversity of delicious fresh foods, handmade goods, entertainment and more. It’s CinCy ‘s oldest market!

I had fun drawing Gary! 😂

Relaxed at the Krohn Conservatory, located at 1501 Eden Park Drive in Eden Park, was built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era. It’s what’s inside those aluminum and glass walls that make Krohn Conservatory truly special. You’d have to travel a good distance from Cincinnati to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world. Krohn changes throughout the year with special exhibits and programs, including the ever-popular “Butterfly Show,” where thousands of butterflies are free to fly throughout the show room in a specially-themed garden. You can always visit the famous rainforest waterfall and exotic plants on permanent display in the Palm, Tropical, Desert and Orchid houses as well.

Behold me, channeling Tutankhamen at the Egyptian exhibit in the Cincinnati Art Museum. 😉 The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States. Founded in 1881, it was the first purpose-built art museum west of the Alleghenies. Its collection of over 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years of human history make it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Midwest.

GREAT ILLINI!!! See my old flip phone…how times (and technology) have changed!

Found my twin sister on a poster! 😜

get ice-cream for dessert at the main Graeter’s Ice-cream parlour downtown Cincy, over-the-Rhine. Graeter’s was founded in 1870 by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Louis “Charlie” Graeter and has over 145 years of history of handcrafting French Pot ice cream. All their ice creams are created from an egg custard base. After pasteurization, the flavorings are added. The custard and flavoring mixture is placed into two-gallon French pots. The pots are then spun in −14 °F (−26 °C) saltwater, while a blade scrapes the cream that freezes against the sides of the pot. After 15-20 minutes of immersion in the saltwater, any larger additives are mixed in, such as cookie dough or chocolate chips. Ice cream is hand-scooped into pint containers. Graeter’s makes 3,200 US gallons (21,000 imperial pints) each day. Pic taken with Sr. Janice and Normanda.

Went all the way UP to catch the amazing views from the observatory at the top of Cincinnati’s tallest building, the Carew Tower. Carew Tower is a 49-story, 574-foot (175 m) Art Deco building completed in 1930 in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront. The structure is now the second-tallest building in the city, and it was added to the register of National Historic Landmarks on April 19, 1994. The tower is named after Joseph T. Carew, proprietor of the Mabley & Carew department store chain, which had previously operated on the site since 1877. The complex contains the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (formerly Omni Netherland Plaza), which is described as a fine example of French Art Deco architecture,[8] and was used as the model for the Empire State Building in New York City. The hotel’s Hall of Mirrors banquet room was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles.[9]

Drove over to Kentucky, the horse park state. United we Stand, Divided we fall, saith they! 🤗

St. Patrick’s Day also fell into our trip dates, so we toured downtown and took in the sights!

If you’ve never taken roadtrips or just up-and-gone somewhere new to serve others, I highly recommend it! I never get tired of discovering new things and places. The USA especially is SO diverse and amazing that I think everyone should try and visit all 50 states! I still have 4 or 5 states yet to visit and I love all the ones I’ve been to, for various reasons. Each are unique and home to some wonderful souls!

Saint Augustine of Hippo said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. This quote emphasizes that if you never go anywhere, you’ll have a very limited view of the world.. If for some reason you’re delaying on acting on your wanderlust or have been reluctant to travel, remember that travel can be one of the most life-changing experiences of your life.

Many thanks to Christine Lynn Gaietto and Sister Janice Keenan (pictured below) for organizing such a fabulous week of  life-changing volunteer  opportunities. This experience reinforced my personal motto of “Giving back, Changing lives”. What a great way to end the Lenten season!

Sources of location descriptions:

  • Wikipedia
  • Google


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