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Budapest: Where To Go, What To See, What To Do

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Mike and I have been home from our trip to Budapest and Kraków for a little over a month now and as I’ve been sorting through all my photos and rounding up our favorite spots, I find myself already dreaming about a return visit to each of these wonderful cities. We spent 5 nights in Budapest and 4 nights in Kraków and while we felt this was plenty of time to hit the big “to-dos”, we could have easily extended our stay in each cities and found plenty to keep us busy. From history to architecture to food and culture, these two cities offered everything we hoped for and then some.

The first question everyone has asked us, before and after our trip, was why Budapest and Kraków? The simple answer is word-of-mouth. Here and there we’ve had friends or fellow travelers mention Budapest and Kraków as two European cities that they really loved, so this year we decided to see for ourselves. Both cities were also incredibly inexpensive which was a definite plus!

Budapest, Ferris Wheel

We started our trip in Budapest, arriving on a Monday morning to a small studio apartment in District VII that we rented via Airbnb. The apartment itself was great – clean, modern, and comfortable – but the location of the apartment proved to be its best feature. District VII or Erzsébetváros (Elizabethtown) is, in my opinion, the best area to stay in Budapest, and our apartment was right in the middle of it all. There were a seemingly endless amount of unique and interesting shops, restaurants, cafés and bars right outside our front door. District VII is where you’ll find Budapest’s Jewish Quarter as well as many of the city’s famous Ruin Pubs – previously abandoned buildings turned bars and clubs. Our apartment was also steps away from Deák Ferenc tér, a major hub for public transit around the city – so when we wanted to venture out it couldn’t have been more convenient. We paid a ridiculously inexpensive price of $250 TOTAL for 5 nights and would have happily paid much more.

Budapest, Deák Ferenc square

Cooling off during Budapest’s 90 degree heat wave at Deák Ferenc tér

Budapest has everything you could ask for in a major European city – a river, a castle, beautiful churches, bridges, monuments, museums, an opera house, a central market hall, Michelin-starred restaurants, shopping…the list goes on. I’ll cover food & drink in a separate post because we did a LOT of eating and drinking, now it’s onto the main topic of this post…where to go, what to see, and what to do in Budapest.

Sightseeing

Trabant Tour with My Personal Budapest

When planning our trips, one of the very first things I do is look into tours of the city. On Bali and in Berlin we road bikes, in Prague we opted for Segways and a food & culture tour, and in Budapest we decided on a tour by Trabant. Some may consider the Trabant an inefficient relic from the days of the Eastern Bloc, but we loved this cute little car and our fantastic tour guide, Balázs!

Budapest, Trabant

I found My Personal Budapest via TripAdvisor and booked an entire day tour with Balázs Ackermann. Balázs owns several Trabants that he has updated and restored on his own and he also uses them for his acrobatic car stunts (we stayed on all 4 wheels during the tour)! He picked us up bright and early from our apartment and we were off to explore the city. After a morning hitting the highlights, we headed outside the city to Balázs’ home where we met his parents and enjoyed a delicious traditional Hungarian meal prepared by his mother. We then made our way back to the city where we ended our day with a “Hidden Gems” tour where we visited several spots off the beaten tourist path. We loved this tour and thought it was the perfect way to get a great overview of Budapest, thank you Balázs!

Budapest, Gellért Hill

View of the Danube from Gellért Hill

Danube Boat Ride & Wine Tasting with Taste Hungary

For our birthdays this year, my brother and his fiancée went the experiences over things route and planned a sunset wine tasting for Mike and me while we were in Budapest. Experiences over Things wins every time – this boat ride was so fantastic and was easily our most memorable experience in Budapest. We lucked out and there ended up being just one other couple on the tour with us, so the four of us had an incredibly intimate experience. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable about Budapest and all the great Hungarian wines we were tasting. The sunset followed by the glowing lights along the banks of the Danube was completely unreal; as we sped along and our captains blared “Thunderstruck” over the tiny boat’s speakers, we knew this was something we would never forget.

Budapest, Daube Boat Cruise

Budapest, Sunset, Danube, Castle, Chain Bridge

+ Szechenyi Baths

The Széchenyi Thermal Baths are one of the largest thermal baths in Europe, with their water supplied by two thermal springs. The water is said to have medicinal properties due to its natural warmth and the abundance of minerals found in the water. There are many thermal spas in Budapest, but Szechenyi is the largest and most popular so that’s where we decided to go. It felt a little like we were hanging at public pool in Budapest, if public pools had a pricey entrance fee and were housed in a Baroque palace. It was a great place to spend an afternoon relaxing after walking around the city for days, although the stag party in attendance added a hint of Las Vegas party pool atmosphere.

Budapest, Széchenyi Baths

+ Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere)

Our first stop bright and early on our Trabant Tour, Heroes’ Square is one of the largest main squares in Budapest and where you’ll find the statues of various Hungarian leaders.

Budapest, Heroes' Square

+ St. Stephen’s Basilica

A beautiful Roman Catholic basilica, St. Stephen’s Basilica is where you’ll find the supposed right hand of Stephen, the first King of Hungary.

Budapest, St. Stephen's Basilica

+ House of Terror

The House of Terror is a museum that features exhibits relating to the Communist regimes that once controlled Budapest and Hungary as well as memorials dedicated to the regime’s victims. The exhibits were interesting but there was something missing that made it just an ok museum for us. There were English printed papers to read in each room, but we may have gotten more out of it if we understood Hungarian.

Budapest, House of Terror Museum

+ Shoes on the Danube

A touching memorial right in front of the Parliament building, Shoes on the Danube was created to honor the Jews that died in Budapest during WWII. Here Jews were lined up by Arrow Cross militiamen, ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the water so their bodies would fall into the river.

Budapest, Shoes on the Danube

+ Hungarian Parliament Building

A striking building that you can’t miss, the Hungarian Parliament building is best viewed from the river below or across the banks on the Buda side from Fisherman’s Bastion. They offer guided tours if you’re interested in checking out the inside.

Budapest Parliament, Sunset

+ Chain Bridge

One of several suspension bridges that connects the Buda and Pest sides of the city, the Chain Bridge is easily Budapest’s most famous bridge, and the one closest to the castle.

Budapest, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle

+ Hungarian State Opera House

Despite the fact that the Hungarian State Opera House was just a few blocks away from our apartment, we didn’t end up making it there. They offer tours at 3pm and 4pm daily and the inside is supposed to be beautiful. A great option for a rainy afternoon.

+ Castle Hill: Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya), Matthias Church

Just across the Chain Bridge you’ll find Castle Hill, home to Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya), and Matthias Church. They offer a funicular ride to the top, but we opted to avoid the lines and make our way up on foot. This is a great area to spend a day – great views, shops, and architecture. If you’re an early riser I strongly suggest taking in a sunrise from Fisherman’s Bastion.

Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion

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Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion

Budapest, Matthias Church, Colorful Tile

Gellért Hill, Liberty Statue

We took the easy way up Gellért Hill via Trabant and the views from the top were stunning. Here you’ll find the Liberty Statue, or, as our tour guide described it, a giant Hungarian bottle opener.

Budapest, Liberty Statue

 

Deák Ferenc tér

Deák Ferenc tér was just a few blocks from our apartment so we ended up here multiple times throughout our stay. The square is filled with young people and there are several restaurants and bars lining the perimeter. At night everyone had a drink (or bottle) in hand while they jammed out to the evening’s entertainment.

Budapest, Skateboarders

Budapest, Deák Ferenc square

Budapest, Deák Ferenc square

+ Imagine Budapest Tours

We didn’t take a tour with Imagine Budapest, but I stumbled upon their office while shopping one day and had to give them a mention. They specialize in various themed tours that sound really cool, definitely worth a look!

+ Just walk!

One of my favorite things to do in any city we visit is to walk around with no destination in mind. Budapest is an incredibly vibrant, lively city with something interesting waiting around every corner. I stumbled upon shops, buildings, and farmers’ markets that I never would have found in any guide book. I loved all the different architecture around the city – Budapest has everything from Art Nouveau to Gothic to Roman and more, with an interesting contrast of Communist-era buildings in between. Let yourself get lost for an afternoon and see what you find!

Budapest, Danube, Blue, Sunrise

Budapest, Pink, Architecture

Budapest, Communist Style Buildings

Green door, Budapest

Shopping

+ Central Market Hall

I love to shop and when I’m traveling I make it my goal to find unique, locally-made gifts and souvenirs to bring home. This has proved to be surprisingly difficult in other large European cities we’ve visited because every shop seems to have the exact same touristy things! This was not the case in Budapest and I was in heaven. The Central Market Hall is where I found nearly everything I brought home – true Hungarian paprika, ceramics, lacework, crystal, Christmas ornaments…the list goes on, and on, and on. The first floor of the market is like a farmers’ market, with meat and produce counters lining the walkways. The second floor is where you’ll find all the goods as well as a food counter to fuel up while you peruse. There is a basement as well but I didn’t get the chance to venture down there.

When it comes to the goods, no price is necessarily a set price, so come prepared with cash and be ready to bargain. It’s a bit overwhelming at first and not every stand has high-quality products, so my advice is to make a lap or two before buying anything then go back to pick out the things you really liked. The building itself is also very beautiful and makes for great photos!

Budapest, Central Market Hall

Budapest, Central Market Hall, Duck Liver, Foie Gras

Budapest, Central Market Hall

Budapest, Central Market Hall

Budapest, Central Market Hall

Budapest, Central Market Hall

Budapest, Central Market Hall

Budapest, Central Market Hall

Budapest, Central Market Hall

+ Rozsavolgyi Csokolade

The most beautiful chocolates you ever did see, their bars are sure to win over your family and loved ones back home, and make sure to grab a truffle or 5 for yourself.

+ Printa

Stylish and unique little gifts and souvenirs, with a cute little section of children’s goods as well.

Budapest shopping, Printa

+ Culinaris

If you’re doing any cooking on your own in Budapest, this is a great shop to check out for specialty ingredients. I went into it thinking it would be Hungarian focused, but it definitely is not. At Culinaris you’ll find high quality ingredients from around the world.

+Bortársaság

If you’re looking for wine, specifically good Hungarian wine, Bortársaság is where you’ll find it. We tried several different wines that we loved from Sauska winery and Bortársaság had a plentiful supply.

+ Arioso

A cute little shop and café on Király Street where I found some beautifully packaged candies and soaps made locally in Budapest.

+ Memories of Hungary

A bit on the touristy side, but Memories of Hungary did offer a few neat souvenirs to bring home.

 

That’s all for now! Stay tuned for Part 2 featuring everywhere we ate and drank in Budapest!

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October 2014

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3 Days in Berlin

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Last week Mike and I returned from an amazing 2 1/2 week trip to Germany. Mike studied and worked in northern Germany for several months in college but this was my first time in the land of beer, pretzels, and wurst. Although we did have a LOT of all three of those things during our trip, there is much more to Germany than its stereotypes and we were lucky enough to have the time to explore much of the beauty this country has to offer.

We started our trip with 3 days in Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city. Berlin’s mantra of “poor, but sexy” has attracted many artists, writers, musicians, and the like in recent years and you can definitely feel the creative spirit running through the city. Berlin is frequently ranked as one of the top 3 gay-friendly cities in the world, a title I wasn’t aware of before visiting but was very happily surprised to see. The city is also steeped in history; from the dark history surrounding Germany’s part in World War II to the Berlin Wall and the Cold War, there is much and more to take in. We knew that with only 3 days in Berlin we were going to have to hit the ground running…

We arrived in Berlin at 7am on a Saturday morning, quickly settled into our Airbnb apartment in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood (fantastic spot!), and headed to Alexanderplatz for the All-In-One City Bike Tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours. We figured this would be a great way to get acquainted with the city and see some of the main highlights right off the bat, and we were 100% right. Berlin is a super bike-friendly city so this tour really was the easiest way to see a ton of stuff in a short amount of time.

Berlin, Germany, Prenzlauer Berg

Cobblestone streets of Prenzlauer Berg

Berlin, Germany, Fat Tire Bike Tour

My bike “Laura” on our Fat Tire Bike Tour

With our tour guide and group of about 10, we set out from Alexanderplatz and hit some of the major sights including Bebelplatz, the site of the Nazi book-burning in 1933; Gendarmenmarkt, the site of the French and German Cathedrals; Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing between East and West Berlin during the Cold War; the Topography of Terrors, the site where the Nazi Gestapo and SS headquarters once stood; the Berlin Wall, one of the small sections still standing; the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial); the Reichstag, home to Germany’s parliament (the Bundestag); and Brandenburger Tor, the gate that is a well-known Berlin landmark. Much of Berlin was destroyed during World War II, so you don’t see as many beautiful old buildings as you might in other European cities. This makes Berlin a little less quintessentially “pretty”, but still distinctive. Because Berlin was under Soviet rule for 44 years after World War II, Communist or Stalinist architecture can be seen in many buildings and monuments in what once was East Germany. Like I said – not the prettiest, but interesting nonetheless.

Berlin, Germany, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Berlin, Germany, Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin, Germany, Berlin Wall

A small section of the Berlin Wall still standing today in front of the Topography of Terrors

Berlin, Germany, Reichstag

Standing in front of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building

Berlin, Germany, Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor

In the middle of our tour we spent some time riding through the Tiergarten, a large, beautiful park in the center of the city. If we had more time in Berlin this would have been a great place to return to, likely with a picnic basket and a bottle of wine. You could spend hours exploring and relaxing in this park, I highly recommend checking it out.

For lunch we stopped at Schleusenkrug, a (cash only) beer garden in the Tiergarten. I was a little worried that because of its location it might be a bit on the low-quality, touristy side, but it was actually really good. We got our first taste of German beer and pretzels (don’t miss the 2 types of mustard they have in pumps off to the side), had our first of many sausages, and had a sampling of more German cuisine. We ordered some kind of ground meat that was stuffed with bacon, gherkins, and mustard, and served with red cabbage and potatoes. I know it sounds really, super, incredibly kind of weird but it was SO GOOD. This was definitely a fun stop and the liter of beer we each downed also made the rest of the ride that much more interesting. I highly recommend a Fat Tire Bike Tour if you’re in Berlin, they offer several different tours so you can choose one based on your interests. We found it to be a very fun, informative, and active way to see the city.

Berlin, Germany, Tiergarten

Biking through Berlin’s Tiergarten

Berlin, Germany, Tiergarten

Berlin’s Tiergarten

Berlin, Germany, Beer Garden, Pretzels, Beer, Schleusenkrug

Beer and Pretzels at Schleusenkrug in Berlin’s Tiergarten

Berlin, Germany, Tiergarten, Beer Garden, Schleusenkrug

German cuisine at Schleusenkrug

Berlin, Germany, Tiergarten, Beer Garden, Schleusenkrug

Gherkins in the middle!

After our bike tour we headed back to our apartment to recharge. Berlin’s public transportation system is fantastic and was our exclusive mode of transport while in Berlin. Prenzlauer Berg, the neighborhood where we stayed, is just north of the city center and fit us perfectly. It is a family-friendly neighborhood that is still central but a bit quieter and less touristy than Mitte, and it has tons of great options for cafés, bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, we found a great beer garden called Prater Garten just a short walk away from our apartment that we visited twice during our stay. I tried an interesting variation of German beer here – Berliner Kindl Weisse grün (grün is German for green). Berliner Weisse is a low-alcohol wheat beer that they add syrup to, either raspberry or a German herb called woodruff. It tasted a bit like sour apple, Mike wasn’t a fan but I kind of liked it!

Berlin, Germany, Prenzlauer Berg

Ping pong tables down the street from our apartment in Prenzlauer Berg

Berlin, Germany, Sunflowers, Farmer's Market

Flowers at a farmers’ market in Prenzlauer Berg

Berlin, Germany, Prater Beer Garden

Enjoying my first Berliner Kindl Weisse grün at Prater Garten

Later that night Mike was fighting a bit of jet lag so I headed out by myself to return to the Reichstag building and check out the dome. Visiting the dome is completely free of charge and something I highly recommend. You don’t necessarily have to book in advance but doing so will help you skip major lines and the possibility that you might not be able to get in during your stay, especially if you’re only in Berlin for a short period of time.

You have a few options when booking a visit to the Reichstag: 1) Lectures in the visitors’ gallery overlooking the plenary chamber followed by a visit to the dome, 2) Guided tours followed by a visit to the dome, or 3) Visit to the dome. Mike and I did #2 and #3 on separate days. I really wanted to see the dome during the day and at night, but I wasn’t able to book a guided tour around dusk that would have covered both bases. I booked the tours over 2 months in advance, which tells you it can be difficult to get in. Option #3, just a visit to the dome, was much easier to book and had many more openings compared to the guided tour, so if you just want to visit the dome on your own you probably don’t need to plan as far in advance.

So…on our first night, Saturday, I visited the dome at 8:30pm. The views from the terrace at the base of the dome were great and I loved seeing the city lit up at night. Once you get off the elevator at the base of the dome you can pick up a free audio guide that plays information on the Reichstag, the German Bundestag, and Berlin as you wind up the dome. Mike and I returned together the following day for the guided tour at 3:30pm. The guided tour lasted about 90 minutes and we definitely learned more about the German parliament and the rest of the Reichstag building and we also were able to go into the visitor’s area of the plenary chamber. This was cool, but about 45 minutes in I was a bit bored. If I had to do it all over I would probably just go to the dome at night with the audio guide. As someone who is not all that interested in the German parliament, this would have been sufficient for me, and the dome was more crowded in the afternoon than at night. To each their own, but definitely worth a visit in Berlin!

Berlin, Germany, Reichstag

The Reichstag

Berlin, Germany, Reichstag

The Reichstag dome

Berlin, Germany, Reichstag

View from the top of the Reichstag dome

Berlin, Germany, Bundestag

The plenary chamber in the Reichstag building, home to the German Bundestag

Over the next two days we went back for a more in-depth visit at several of the stops we made on our bike tour and tried to soak in as much of Berlin as we possibly could. We went back to the Brandenburger Tor and visited the Checkpoint Charlie museum and the Topography of Terrors. We tried some of Berlin’s popular street food (more on that to come), had a fantastic dinner at Caffé Bocconi, visited the impressive KaDeWa department store (a visit to the 6th floor Gourmet section is a must!), and spent the rest of the time just wandering the streets, finding other neat spots in Prenzlauer Berg like Beakers for a nightcap, Hokey Pokey for ice cream, and Pizzeria Aviano for sidewalk sitting and pizza eating. Our time in Berlin flew by, and there was definitely more to see had we of stayed longer, but 3 days gave us just the taste we were looking for and we enjoyed every second of it.

Berlin, Germany, Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor at night

Berlin, Germany, KaDeWa

Pastries at KaDeWa

Berlin, Germany, KaDeWa

All the sausage you could ask for on KaDeWa’s Gourmet floor

Berlin, Germany, Alexanderplatz

The Berlin TV tower seen from Alexanderplatz

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August 2014

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Exploring Cleveland: That’s a Wrap

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I can’t believe it has already been almost 3 weeks since my visit to Cleveland! When you get back to the daily grind time just seems to fly by. The past few weeks have been crazy, and until pretty much November the craziness is going to continue – but it’s all good craziness, so I can’t complain one bit. Mike made my birthday extra special this year with a great night that included dinner at The Purple Pig and we celebrated my mom’s birthday at Taxim and Mike’s birthday at Ada Street, so there has been a ton of amazing eating going on. Next week Mike and I move to Lincoln Park and the week after that we leave for 3 weeks on Germany. All super exciting things, but lately my mind is running in a million different directions every minute. What that means is that this may be a bit of a ramble-y post, complete with excess exclamation marks and run-on sentences…just getting that out there and apologizing in advance! (You may be thinking to yourself – wait, don’t all of her posts have excess exclamation points and run-on sentences? Yes, yes they do, but I’m totally fine with you keeping that thought all to yourself, thankyouverymuch)

There were several places that I visited on the tail end of my time in Cleveland that didn’t really fall into any of my previous posts, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t just as awesome and deserving of some blog time! Hence the catch-all “That’s a wrap” title of this post. I’ll start where I left off after my Ohio City post….

After our stop at The West Side Market, Charity and I hopped in her car and drove over to the lakefront to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, affectionately referred to by those in the know as the “Rock Hall”. I don’t think I mentioned it in my previous post, but earlier in the afternoon we joined up with a film crew that followed us around to get footage for Positively Cleveland. I am definitely not a fan of being filmed, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t just a little bit cool when everyone in the crowded market was asking who we were – celebrities for a couple of hours! At the Rock Hall the guys set-up out back for the perfect skyline view for my interview. I’m pretty positive that I went all Will Ferrell in Old School and blacked out for a few minutes while they were asking me questions, but it was a thrill and I’m beyond flattered that I was chosen for such an awesome experience!

Cleveland skyline, film crew

Ok, where was I? Back to the Rock Hall. Charity and I were both fairly exhausted at this point, but we were on a mission. Beyoncé recently donated several of her outfits to the museum so exhausted or not, we were going to see Beyoncé’s clothes! There were just a handful of Beyoncé’s outfits on display so we snapped a few pictures of those, perused the surrounding exhibits, then headed out. There were so many cool things to see and I know I’ll be back to spend more quality time here when I’m back in Cleveland!

Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Pyramid

Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beyonce

Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beyonce

After the Rock Hall Charity drove me back to my hotel to get freshened up for dinner. I had an hour or two to kill before Charity would be picking me up again so I could’ve taken a nap, but I thought to myself – there will be time to nap when you’re back in Chicago! So I put on a fresh coat of mascara and headed out once again. I walked back to East 4th Street to check out a couple places that had caught my eye the night before. I had one drink on the rooftop of The Greenhouse Tavern and then walked across the street to try out a cocktail at the Society Lounge.

The rooftop at The Greenhouse Tavern was a cool, laid-back scene and all the food I passed on my way up looked and smelled fantastic. Society Lounge is in the basement and they’re going for more of the speakeasy, craft cocktail, secret password vibe (no actual secret password required). The drinks take a bit longer to make here, but they’re well worth it!

Lion + Maven | Exploring Cleveland

Lion + Maven | Exploring Cleveland

After my drink at Society Lounge, Charity picked me up and we headed to University Circle for a fabulous dinner at L’Albatros. After dinner we drove back downtown where I snapped a few quick pictures of the world’s larger permanent crystal chandelier in Playhouse Square before Charity dropped me off to check out AHA! Light Up Cleveland. AHA! was produced by LAND Studio and was a “multi-day festival of lights celebrating the recent development boom and “illuminating” changes to our urban landscape. […] to illustrate what is possible in beloved public spaces through artist installations using light, video projections and live cultural participate on events.” The lighting installations were a great complement to the kick-off of the Gay Games 9 and “magical” is the best way I can describe the atmosphere that night. Between the lights, the people, and the setting, Cleveland was looking pretty impressive that night.

Cleveland, Playhouse Square, Chandelier

Cleveland, Downtown, AHA Cleveland, Light Fixtures

Cleveland, Downtown, AHA Cleveland, Light Fixtures

Cleveland, Downtown, AHA Cleveland, Light Fixtures

Cleveland, Downtown, AHA Cleveland, Light Fixtures

Cleveland, Downtown, AHA Cleveland, Light Fixtures

Cleveland, Downtown, AHA Cleveland, Light Fixtures

After hanging out for awhile I decided that it was time to walk back to my hotel and get some rest. The next morning I grabbed a cup of coffee at Pour Cleveland (really good and right across from the Holiday Inn Express!) and Charity picked me up along with her husband and brand new baby, Max, so I could squeeze a few more drops out of Cleveland on Sunday morning. We grabbed a quick breakfast at Luna Bakery & Café. I had a delicious crepe, but Charity’s Nest Egg left me with order envy – it was basically a grilled cheese with a sunny egg in the middle, kind of amazing, right?!

From there we drove over to our last stop, the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum was recently renovated and is absolutely beautiful. We didn’t stay long because I had to drive back to Chicago, but I loved what I saw. Even if you’re not an art lover you will love the space, plus admission is FREE! I couldn’t even believe it. This is definitely an area that deserves it’s fair share of exploration in Cleveland.

Lion + Maven | Exploring Cleveland

Lion + Maven | Exploring Cleveland

Lion + Maven | Exploring Cleveland

Lion + Maven | Exploring Cleveland

My trip to Cleveland was short but very sweet and I was sad for it to come to an end. I was so impressed with this city that I had never even considered visiting and I highly recommend a visit to everyone, especially if you’re as close as me in the Chicagoland area. Major thanks to Positively Cleveland for making this weekend happen and to Charity for making it so memorable! Cleveland does indeed Rock.

 

*My expenses during my time in Cleveland were paid for by Positively Cleveland. As always, all content on Lion + Maven comes from my own, unbiased thoughts and opinions. 

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